WWE released a number of Superstars and other staff on April 15th. Veteran referee Mike Chioda was a part of those releases. Now it appears he found a new pro wrestling home.
Mike Chioda made his AEW Dynamite debut this week. He officiated Cody’s TNT Title defense against Scorpio Sky. They said he has “33 years of officiating experience” on his name plate.
It was thought that WWE cut Chioda because due to his veteran status, he was making a healthy paycheck. WWE was in cost-cutting mode so Chioda was released.
AEW has been criticized by some for their officiating. Some have chastised the company’s referees for not enforcing the rules and maintaining order. This is a good get for All Elite Wrestling if they have brought Mike Chioda in for the long term.