WWE release Mike Chioda from his contract on April 15th. That ended a 35-year run with the company. Chioda showed up for a couple episodes of AEW Dynamite, but then he hasn’t been seen since.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, Mike Chioda revealed details about his current agreement with AEW. He hasn’t inked a long term deal. He is going to come in when he’s needed. Chioda also took the opportunity to speak about how wonderful the atmosphere is at All Elite Wrestling.
“Right now, it’s not a done deal, a full-time deal. Right now, it’s part-time deal, which is great for me right now. I love the vibe there. AEW has a fantastic vibe with Cody Rhodes, and Chris Jericho and a lot of guys, Jake Hager over there and stuff. You got some good old school talent, FTR, and you got some young talent that is amazing there. It was kind of weird.”
“I feel green sitting around looking at all this talent that’s upcoming because I’ve been watching the show on TNT, of course, before I started. I think they really got a good thing going on there with Tony Khan, and Cody Rhodes and them guys.”
It was nice to see some familar faces for Mike Chioda when he worked with AEW. He also got the opportunity to work with some wrestlers for the first time who never ventured to WWE.
Mike Chioda could be a great addition to the AEW referee roster when they need his services. Earl Hebner was brought into the company, but he hasn’t appeared for quite some time. The pandemic situation also did not make a conducive environment for the 71-year-old to travel.