• “Get your things and let’s go. Pack up. You’re leaving and you’re fired” – Mike Chioda On How WWE Fired A 30 Year Veteran
Former WWE referee Mike Chioda recently spoke to Conrad Thompson to answer questions of fans.
A fan asked him why Vince McMahon doesn’t want referees to be called by their names most of the times on TV.
Below is what he replied:
“It was one night at TV on a RAW show. Vince kept hearing the referee’s name and he didn’t know who that referee was. I don’t want to say his name, but he just didn’t recognize the referee at all.
He heard the announcers saying referees’ names too many times. He had a fit right there and said, ‘I don’t want to hear anymore referees’ names on TV at all. Do not mention their names anymore.’
Ever since that night, they stopped announcing referees’ names. He thought the referees’ names took up too much time on the broadcast show.”
He was also asked about timekeeper Mark Eaton’s release from WWE, about which he said:
“He was the timekeeper for about 30 years. He started doing production. In El Paso, TX, the security came and got him right out of the office and said, ‘Get your things and let’s go. Pack up. You’re leaving and you’re fired.’ That’s the way that was done. I have no idea why.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (November 18, 1999) – WCW Thunder
On this day in 1999, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Thunder’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Allen County War Memorial in Fort Wayne, Indiana and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Mayhem 1999’ PPV.
The card of the show can be found here:
1. Hardcore Match: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Jerry Flynn
2. Prince Iaukea vs. Disco Inferno
3. The Maestro vs. Evan Karagias
4. Kaz Hayashi & La Parka vs. El Dandy & Silver King
5. Curt Hennig vs. Van Hammer
6. Lash LeRoux vs. Kenny Kaos
7. The Barbarian vs. Chavo Guerrero
8. Meng vs. Vampiro
9. Chris Benoit vs. Buff Bagwell