Former WWE referee Mike Chioda recently disclosed the details of his salary during his time with the company.
During an interview with Steve Fall for The Ten Count, Chioda revealed that he was earning a substantial annual salary of $240,000 towards the end of his 35-year tenure with WWE.
As a veteran referee, Chioda had worked his way up the ranks, becoming one of the most recognizable officials in WWE history. His role as a referee often placed him at the center of some of the most memorable moments in wrestling.
However, Chioda’s WWE journey came to an unexpected halt when he received news of his release while on medical leave due to an injury. Expressing his shock and frustration, Chioda recounted a conversation he had with Mark Carrano, where he questioned the decision and expressed his disbelief. Although Carrano appeared sympathetic, Chioda sensed his uncertainty in finding the right words to console him.
“I was out on surgery. I was out hurt… It wasn’t just me. People like Tony Chimel. I remember talking to [Mark] Carrano, and I said ‘What the f***? You’ve got to be kidding me.’ I know he felt bad but he didn’t know what to say.”
Chioda’s release from WWE also coincided with the departures of other longtime employees, such as Tony Chimel. This wave of unexpected releases left Chioda and others feeling bewildered and uncertain about their future in the industry.
While Chioda has moved on from his role as a WWE referee, his legacy within the industry remains intact.
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