Mike Chioda has opened up about WWE’s rules and regulations for the aesthetic appearance of referees, and how strictly those rules are enforced.
Speaking on the Monday Mailbag podcast on AdFreeShows, legendary referee Mike Chioda has recalled how referees had to be clean shaven with short hair, and that all tattoos had to be covered, opening up about how one referee would wear long sleeves in order to cover his tattooed arms.
“That’s been a no-no for all these years. ‘Dangerous’ Danny Davis had tattoos down his forearms and he used to have to come out with long sleeve shirts. Short hair, should be clean-faced, clean-shaved all the time. It was the rules and regulations of being a referee.”
Chioda also stated how he had to cut his hair due to the rules.
“Even short hair got to a point because I know I had to chop off that mullet I had over the years.”
Regarding the tattoos, the Third Man In The Ring would reveal that he actually has five himself, but that WWE sees them as being a distraction and that it would take away from their job inside the squared circle.
“I have like five myself. I have two big ones on my back. One on my left arm a little bit below my shoulder. One on my thigh on my right leg, a big one of my grandmother. You had to hide them being a referee. They would be visual distractions. The referee is not trying to be in business for himself. I think it would take away from counting because you’re seeing maybe this whole sleeve of tattoos and the referee is counting, one, two, three. You’ve got to keep it clean cut.”
On a previous episode of Mailbag Monday, Chioda also opened up about the gift which Undertaker said was one of the best he’d ever received.
Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy recently caught up with the veteran referee to ask about his role in the Montreal Screwjob, as well as his personal relationship with Vince McMahon and how much the WWE CEO instructs referees.
“I mean, Vince had a lot of confidence in me. He had a lot of confidence in me. The only time he would get on me would be about another referee and say, ‘Hey, I need you to talk to this guy and talk to these referees and make sure this doesn’t happen again.’ But as far as Vince, you know, great business relationship with them and more of a relationship with Shane McMahon years ago over the years. But my relationship with Vince was great backstage. Like I said, he had confidence in me. The only time he’d get on me would be about another referee not doing their job.”