Many people were shocked when Mike Chioda was launched from WWE in April of 2020, at a moment when many wrestlers, backstage staff, and general staff were facing layoffs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Former WWE umpire Mike Chioda disclosed that Cody Rhodes really want him to come to AEW and help train referees. Cody was attempting to get me in it a couple of decades back, and they knocked me out two or three times.
Cody was very interested in bringing me in to train umpires and do some contests, so I told him, Hey, I could do TVs and pay-per-views, I don’t get to do part-time, and they named me back for the Owen fight, the tournament, and other stuff like that. I really applaud it, and they’re still pondering about me.
Former WWE announcer guy Tony Chimel, who had been with the company for over 30 years, was also officially released from WWE in November 2020 after being furloughed in April 2020, the same time Chioda was let go. Chioda later revealed a conversation he had with Chimel during Double or Nothing weekend.
Tony Chimel is also present, according to Chioda. We were in Vegas the evening before Double or Nothing, and Chimel was like, “Oh lord, I never assumed I’d be operating the indies at this point in my career.” Yeah, f*ck me too, Chimel, I said. He’s still a little butt hurt, I believe, because they wouldn’t let him go out on our aspects. Chioda has made sporadic appearances for AEW since his release in 2020.
He most lately reffed for AEW at Double or Nothing when Adam Cole faced Samoa Joe in the Owen Hart Foundation Cup Grand finals, a fight that Cole will indeed win to be the tournament champion. Chioda last mentioned in AEW when then-TNT Champion Cody Rhodes faced Scorpio Sky in a fight that Rhodes won.
Rhodes has indeed left AEW and returned to WWE, which he first rose to prominence. Since coming back to WWE in April, Rhodes has gone undefeated, going 8-0 with three PLEs victories over Seth Freakin Rollins. Rhodes has been out of competition for several months due to a torn pectoral muscle. WWE provides an update on Rhodes, stating that he will face a lengthy healing and will be unable to contend for nine months.