Mike Chioda took some more fan questions on the latest “Monday Mailbag” podcast on AdFreeShows.com. Chioda covered a wide variety of topics from his 25+ career in the wrestling business.
Chioda was asked, “What is your favorite era of the business to work in or watch and why? The options are Hulk-a-Mania from 1985-1993, The New Generation from 1994-1996, The Attitude Era from 1997-2001, The Ruthless Aggression Era from 2002-2005, The John Cena Era from 2006-2013, and The Network Era from 2014-present day.”
Mike answered, “I would say the Attitude Era. I definitely like the Hulkamania Era from ‘85-’93 because Hulk Hogan had the kids and the fans. He really planted the seed for the business along with Andre the Giant. But, I say the Attitude Era was definitely a lot of fun because we didn’t know what was going on. The guys were just going nuts. There was Stone Cold. There was Shawn and DX and all that stuff. It was crazier times during the Attitude Era, that’s for sure. I would have to say the Attitude Era.”
Chioda was asked, “You were the referee for Cena vs Rock in Miami. Were you considered to also be the referee for the rematch in New York, or was that decided ahead of time who the referee would be for that match?”
Chioda said, “That was decided ahead of time. Rock was the man that definitely took the torch after Hogan. I’ve always admired Rock over the years working with him. Rock set me up to be the referee for that match when he came back with Cena. I was like, awesome. Rock had this match and he wanted me to do it. I think Cena had a little bit of a problem doing the job because here’s Cena carrying the torch for the last 10 years at that time. He was busting his a*s, day in and day out. Here comes the Rock back after so many years of being in Hollywood and he’s got to job out to the Rock? Of course, the show is in Miami. The Rock is a big Hollywood superstar now. There was a little heat there. I think there was a little dissension, but, you have to go where the money goes. So, they put Rock over and I was happy about that. I felt bad for John in a way. But then, the second time when it came up, Rock goes, “Hey, do you have my match this time or does Chad Patton? I said, ‘Are you going over this time again or are you doing the job for him?’ He said, ‘Yea, I’m jobbing out to him this time.’ I said, ‘Great. Well, I don’t have to count three on you. Let Chad do the match.’ He said, ‘I see which way you’re going.’ I said, ‘If you’re going over, get me back in the match.’ I was glad to do the first match. Cena had a lot to do with that because he liked Chad Patton a lot. I was glad I didn’t have to do it because Rock was doing the job the second time around.”
For what it’s worth, John Cena has since said that he eventually apologized to The Rock for the friction between them so they are on good terms now.
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