The former WWE referee Mike Chioda recentl spoke about his final conversation with WWE legend Triple H before the former’s departure. Chioda revealed what Hunter said to him regarding his health a couple of years before being released in 2020.
Mike Chioda talks about Triple H
Mike Chioda had a stint with WWE that spanned for 35 years. He officiated many iconic matches, including Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock in 2002 and Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns in 2015. With all the years of experience, Chioda’s body began to slow down. Chioda revealed that Hunter had advised him to leave the role of referee before he hits 60-years age mark.
Speaking on Monday Mailbag, the former referee said Triple H advised him to step away from refereeing before he turns 60 as he said:
“I had talked to Triple H, we had talked about it, it was a couple of years prior [to my release]. That’s why [me and my wife] made the move to Florida and he said to me, ‘I don’t want to see you refereeing when you’re 60-something years old.’ [I said], ‘I don’t want that s**t either, I definitely want to go out strong.’ At that point, the pandemic hit and everything. That blindsided me getting released by WWE. With the pandemic, I was still rehabbing my shoulder and I wasn’t cleared to go back to work, so I got released.”
Shortly after the pandemic began, Chioda was released from WWE in April 2020. He has been making occasional appearances on AEW. It has been also noted that he hosts a weekly podcast. While, Triple H recently announced his retirement from in-ring competition citing his health issues. However, he recently made his return to his backstage role.