Mike Chioda was the longest-tenured referee in the WWE until the company decided to release him from his contract due to budget cuts. Chioda was with WWE for nearly 30 years and officiated some of the biggest matches in the company’s history.

Chioda, who is now 56, refereed Vince McMahon’s matches as well – and, as he recalled during his Monday Mailbag podcast, the former WWE chairman would cause him to stress out in the ring and always expected officials to know their roles inside the ring. Read Chioda’s take below.

“You’re stressed with Vince in the ring, you don’t want to f*ck up. If he asks for a spot or asks for something like, ‘Hey, what’s next?’ you better, you better know it, you know what I’m saying? What I like about Vince is when Vince asks you do something, you say I can get it done.”

Vince McMahon retired from WWE on July 23, 2022. The 77-year-old has been caught up in a series of investigation over reckless use of company expenses. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next in store for Vince McMahon.


What’s your favorite Vince McMahon match? Sound off in the comments!

Manik Aftab

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