Veteran WWE official Mike Chioda has discussed how Shane McMahon reached out to them following his shock release from the company in 2020.
Mike Chioda had been a WWE referee for over three decades before he was surprisingly let go by the company in April 2020. The referee had been the man in the middle for many of the company’s top moments including Stone Cold Steve Austin winning his first WWF Championship at WrestleMania 14 and The Rock and Hollywood Hogan’s epic showdown at WrestleMania 18.
Speaking on the It’s My Wrestling podcast, Mike Chioda opened up about receiving a call from Shane McMahon and talked about how far back he went with McMahon:
“Shane McMahon reached out to me, it was nice of him to reach out and we go way back. From the days where we were training Shane with the ring crew and stuff. Tony Chimmel and I used to run the roads with him for several months after college and between college and stuff when he was going to college. It was nice to hear from him. I told Shane, the family, especially Vince, Linda, Hunter, Stephanie, and himself, thank you for all the years and the support and I appreciate it.”
Since his 2020 release, Mike Chioda has officiated for All Elite Wrestling at two different events. On the August 12th, 2020 edition of AEW Dynamite Chioda officiated the TNT Championship match between Cody Rhodes and Scorpio Sky before taking charge of the match between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy. Chioda’s last appearance for AEW saw him take charge of the TNT Title match at Full Gear between Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin.