Didn’t see this one coming: According to Prowrestling.net, WWE referee Mike Chioda, who has been with the company since approximately the beginning of time, has been suspended for a violation of the company’s wellness policy. That’s what he gets for not accepting a ride from me and my friend Merz from Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines over to his hotel. Jack Doan let us give him a ride over there, and on the way he saw some scantily dressed women and yelled out the window, “What’s up, HOES?!?!” No wonder Doan gets to ref the divas matches so often: Respect.
That said, Chioda is easily the best referee in pro wrestling these days and has been for about 5-6 years now. You never know he’s there, but you also see him just enough to know that when he only counts to two, he holds up the devil horns/Texas longhorn sign. Hey, at least Mark Yeaton knows not to touch that goddamn bell; look at all the space between that index finger and that pinky finger! See you in 30 days, broseph. -Eric