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Mike Chioda Comments On Shane McMahon To AEW Rumours

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Legendary WWE referee Mike Chioda has admitted that he “wouldn’t be surprised” to see Shane McMahon pop in AEW.

Following his somewhat controversial return to WWE at the 2022 Royal Rumble, Shane McMahon reportedly left the company. In a matter of days, planned appearances at Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania 38 were scrapped amid reports of backstage heat, before he departed WWE altogether.

As well as appearing in the men’s Royal Rumble itself, McMahon had also become involved in producing the match. It was reported that this didn’t sit well with many backstage, with McMahon clashing with Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon over creative.

This immediately led to rumours that McMahon could be heading to AEW.

Meanwhile on February 15th Cody Rhodes and his wife Brandi announced that they were leaving AEW. In the days following their departure it has been heavily reported that Cody will be returning to WWE in the near future.

Speaking on the Monday Mailbag, available via AdFreeShows, former WWE referee Mike Chioda wondered whether a deal had been done between WWE and AEW regarding McMahon and Cody Rhodes.

“Wondering in this day and age are they playing games between each other, AEW and WWE?” Mike Chioda questioned. “Are they working together? Are they trading Shane McMahon for Cody Rhodes? I don’t know man, I would love to see Shane pop up in AEW.”

Chioda continued, pondering whether Shane McMahon had left WWE at all, and the situation wasn’t simply a “work.” Although he did reveal that he had heard that backstage at the Royal Rumble things were a “sh*t show.”

“I have no idea, I heard there was some turmoil going on putting the match together with Brock and everything,” Mike Chioda said. “I didn’t think it would be two or three days later to that extreme where Shane gets fired. I don’t know, is that a work to me? Because I can’t digest that either. That’s where I’m thinking, ‘Jesus Christ are they really working on something?’ Where Shane comes back at Mania or Shane pops up in AEW?

“I heard it was a complete s–t show, agents running around with their heads chopped off. I don’t know, I have no idea what’s going on. I know they’ve got some great minds back there and you got some great minds and they can come up and do some sneaky sh*t. You don’t know what’s going to happen, did Shane really get fired? Is that a work or…? We’ll see, I just can’t believe it. It could very well be that he did get fired and just had it out with the old man.”

Furthermore, Chioda said that he actually wouldn’t be surprised if Shane McMahon did indeed pop up in AEW.

“I’m not convinced all the way but if it did happen, don’t be surprised if we see Shane pop up on AEW,” Chioda said. “Let’s put it this way, you got a million coming to you if you don’t do this in 90 days but Tony Khan wants to pay him 3 million to show up, what do you do? Shane is a popular draw man, he shows up. Does he got some sh*t till left in his tank? Yes he does. He’s come back, he’s busted his ass with the talent and I just don’t see where there’s no room for Shane McMahon in WWE. Shane McMahon is WWE too, to me he is.”

Speaking earlier in February, AEW President Tony Khan said that any deal with McMahon is highly unlikely, but he would take the call if it ever came.

However, a Cody Rhodes to WWE deal seems ever more likely as the American Nightmare was referenced numerous times on the most recent episode of Monday Night Raw.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.