• How John Cena Saved WWE Referees From Getting Backstage Heat
During a recent edition of Mailbag Monday, former WWF referee Mike Chioda was asked if wrestlers ignored cues from referees to “go home” (finish the match).
Here’s what Chioda said:
“[That happened] all the time. As long as we went off the air – when they started doing the [WWE] Network it wasn’t such a tight situation when you had to hit your cue to get off there.
When you did RAW, pay-per-views, stuff like that a lot of guys would be hot because if it was the match before the main event and they killed their time for the main event that would stink because you were going off air.
The Undertaker, John Cena – he was the best at hitting his times – but there were times they were like ‘We’re going extra’ so when they did go extra in the main events and if they went an extra 5 minutes or something like that it would cost the company, I think, something like 50 to a 100 thousand dollars for extra time.
For taking that extra 5 to 8 minutes and for you to not hit that time and cost the company 50 to a 100 thousand dollars or whatever it was. But I know it was minimum like $50,000.
If John Cena was like ‘Screw it’ or certain guys were like ‘We’re getting this in’ because they wanted to build up the match. They didn’t have much time because the matches prior to the main event went too long – they didn’t know how to hit their cues or their times.
Sometimes I’d be like ‘Hey man, we’ve gotta go home, we gotta go back home now’ screaming ‘I’ll take the heat, I’ll take the heat.’
The ref would get heat but then guys like John Cena or certain other guys would take the heat for it, saying, ‘Look don’t blame him because he told me, I heard him, he gave me the cues, I got the cues, and I thought we just needed a little more time.’”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (June 10, 1995) – WCW Saturday Night
On this day in 1995, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Saturday Night’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the “WCW The Great American Bash 1995” PPV.
The match-card of the show can be found here:
– The Renegade vs. Dave Dalton
– “Diamond” Dallas Page vs. Frankie Lancaster
– The Nasty Boys vs. The Southern Posse (Sonny Trout & Rick Thames)
– “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright vs. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair