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Mike Chioda explains why Vince McMahon does not want referees to display their tattoos



This week on "Monday Mailbag" on, referee Mike Chioda talks about wrestlers going "soft," Shane McMahon's Hell in a Cell bump, Vince McMahon ribs, and much more.

Here are some highlights from the show, available now at

Mike Chioda was asked why the referees are not allowed to have tattoos on their forearms:

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“That’s been a no no for all these years. 'Dangerous' Danny Davis had tattoos down his forearms and he used to have to come out with long sleeve shirts. Short hair, should be clean faced, clean shaved all the time. It was the rules and regulations of being a referee. Even short hair got to a point because I know I had to chop off that mullet I had over the years. I have like 5 (tattoos) myself. I have two big ones on my back. One on my left arm a little bit below my shoulder. One on my thigh on my right leg, a big one of my grandmother. You had to hide them being a referee. They would be visual distractions. The referee is not trying to be in business for himself. I think it would take away from counting because you’re seeing maybe this whole sleeve of tattoos and the referee is counting, one, two, three. You gotta keep it clean cut.”

Chioda talking about the WCW referees coming to WWE after WCW was bought out:

“It was very cordial. Nick (Patrick) was really cool. He was a really good guy. He knew his stuff. He was a veteran referee at that time. Charles Robinson was a veteran referee at that time. Everybody was humble at that point. Us referees have to stick together because there’s so many other wrestlers. There’s so much talent but only so many referees. Now the WWE has a lot of referees which is good to see. Back then, we had to stick together, because there were points and dips. The dips in our company when we were losing the ratings and going through some scandals and the grand jury.

You don't know if your company was going to be around next week or you were going to be working for Ted Turner down south. I can imagine us being in the same boat looking for a job over there maybe at some point. When Vince took over the professional wrestling world in this country, in this world, it was great to have those guys. It was very cordial and no tension at all between us.”

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