In his illustrious 30-year career as a referee, Mike Chioda has officiated countless legendary matches within the world of professional wrestling. Chioda has been central to some of the industry's most memorable moments, from shocking upsets to historic main events.
However, one match stands out as the one he wishes he could have been a part of. In a recent episode of the "Monday Mailbag" podcast, Chioda revealed his regret over not officiating the first encounter between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.
Reflecting on his career, Chioda admired the clash between two of WWE's biggest icons. "I'd have to say the first go-around with Undertaker and Shawn Michaels," Chioda enthusiastically shared. "That was great."
"Chioda's WrestleMania 25 Main Event"
Although Chioda didn't have the opportunity to don the referee shirt for either of the epic Undertaker-Michaels WrestleMania encounters, he did find himself in the ring for the main event of WrestleMania 25.
In that bout, John Cena, Big Show, and Edge vied for Edge's World Heavyweight Championship, with Chioda overseeing the action. While Chioda's career has seen him preside over numerous historical matches, he has been relatively inactive since parting ways with WWE.
However, he has clarified that retirement is not on his agenda. Chioda remains open to returning to the ring, whether with WWE or AEW, should the opportunity arise. His tenure as a referee spans eras and generations, and Chioda's absence from officiating the Undertaker-Michaels clash serves as a reminder of the countless iconic moments he has been a part of throughout his career.
From the 1-2-3 Kid's surprising victory over Razor Ramon to the emotional finale of Ric Flair's wrestling journey, Chioda has etched his name in wrestling history. Despite this, his desire to be a part of the Undertaker-Michaels match showcases his unwavering passion for the industry and the desire to contribute to its most monumental moments.
As fans and wrestling enthusiasts, we can only wonder how Chioda's presence would have added to the drama and intensity of the unforgettable battles between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. However, even without officiating those bouts, Chioda's remarkable career will forever be intertwined with the fabric of professional wrestling.