During a recent episode of the ‘Monday Mailbag for AdFreeShows’ podcast, former WWF/WWE referee Mike Chioda revealed his own personal favorite events and matches, that he worked as a ref.
Here’s what Mike said about his favorite memories about a certain WWF/WWE event:
“I am going to have to say one of the very early stages I’ve talked about is the ’92 SummerSlam in Wembley Stadium, that was my first 82,000.
Even though I didn’t do the main event, Joey had the main event.
What a rush working in front of 82,000 people and the way that crowd was with all the horns, that was phenomenal.”
He was then asked about his favorite match that he refereed.
Here’s what Chioda said:
“I’m gonna have to go with Rock and Hogan in 2002.
Then I’m probably going to have to with somewhere along the lines with Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, with the cash-in, Money in The Bank with Seth Rollins.
So, those three right there are top.”
Mike Chioda became an official World Wrestling Federation referee in 1989 and managed to stay employed with the promotion (later renamed WWE in May 2002) until he was released due to COVID-19 pandemic related budget cuts in 2020 after 31 years with the company.
He then refereed a few matches for Tony Khan’s AEW in 2020 and 2022, as well as ‘Ric Flair’s Last Match’, before he finally retired as a referee.
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