A former WWE announcer has revealed that while they don’t have anything bad to say about Kevin Dunn they don’t believe the long-time Executive Producer liked them.
Tony Chimel joined WWE in the 1980’s, initially working as part of the company’s ring crew. Chimel began ring announcing in 1989, working on WWE’s lower profile shows and as a stand-in for Howard Finkel when required.
A decade later, Chimel became the announcer for SmackDown. The well-loved voice of the blue brand remained with WWE until being released in late 2020, bringing to an end his more than 35-year stint with the company.
During an appearance on the Two Man Power Trip podcast, Chimel reflected on his departure, explaining that he was shocked to be let go.
“I was shocked. I went through all sorts of different phases of getting let go. When the pandemic hit, I was willing to go and travel and do shows and do whatever and just continue to do my job. Obviously, they weren’t running shows all over the country because of that, but they started running shows in Orlando, only two or three hours from where I live now and where I lived. I offered to go there and they were saying, no, they didn’t want me there and things like that.
Finally, I got a call saying that I was furloughed and I still offered to go back and work there and do what I was doing and all that and then finally got a call from Kevin Dunn saying that I was being let go.”
The former announcer continued by revealing that he doesn’t think long-time WWE producer Kevin Dunn ever liked him.
“I don’t think he ever really liked me. I don’t really have anything bad about him. I’ve gotten two calls from him in my 38 years there, one telling me I was furloughed, the other one telling me I was fired. I don’t hate anybody. I just don’t think that he was, I don’t know, I don’t want to say he wasn’t happy with me because all my bosses were and all of my people that I worked with were. I always had good reviews and things like that. I just don’t think he liked me for whatever reason, I don’t know.”
Despite many believing that Dunn would be leaving WWE in the wake of Vince McMahon’s retirement, the Executive Producer remains in his role.
H/t to WrestlingNewsCo for the transcription.