Mike Chioda, celebrated for his more than three decades as an official in professional wrestling, particularly in WWE, has held an irrefutable position in the pantheon of iconic referees, along with names such as Earl Hebner, Charles "Lil Naitch" Robinson, and Nick Patrick.
His enduring presence led to his eventual rise as a senior official within WWE, a title he upheld until his release in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Given such a prestigious title, one might naturally assume that his role came with an array of special privileges.
In response to such queries, Chioda addressed a fan's question on the most recent episode of "Monday Mailbag". The fan had asked if his status as a senior official empowered him with the authority to dismiss other officials, to which Chioda responded, "No, I never did have that power, nor did I want that power." He further elaborated, "Maybe now, if I was training and doing certain things or whatever, and coaching." The senior official emphasized that his primary focus was on executing his duties to the best of his abilities.
He said, "Mike Chioda just had to go out and do his job, and get it done and do it right."
Chioda's Advisory, Not Supervisory Role
Despite the authority his title may suggest, Chioda's role was more advisory than supervisory.
He said he offered advice to others in the ring, whether it be suggestions about their lifestyle choices or performance-related feedback. "I helped out with advice and stuff like that. If they took it with a grain of salt, they took it with a grain of salt," he said.
On being probed further about the potential benefits associated with his elevated status, Chioda conceded that there were certain perks, albeit not as grand as some might envision. He acknowledged that as a senior official, he did receive better pay and was often assigned to main event matches.
His stature might have earned him a certain amount of respect in the field, he noted, although he seemed unsure about this, ending with a slightly self-deprecating, "Maybe a respectful name? I don't know."