Legendary WWF Referee Mike Chioda talked about various topics on a recent episode of the ’10 Count’ podcast, including how much money he was making during his time in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Here’s what Mike said:
“I was making really good money. I’ll tell you straight out, I was making $240,000 a year, but I’d been there for 35 years at the time.”
He also spoke about his release from WWE in 2020:
“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.”
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 ‘Rick Flair’s Last Match’, before he finally retired as a referee.
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