Referee Mike Chioda joined “Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw” to share some his wrestling stories from his days in WWE.
Here are some highlights:
Chioda talked about Vince McMahon taking over the ring truck:
“I think we were in Richfield, OH. We used to do some Survivor Series on Thanksgiving. We used to do Richfield, OH. We used to go out there on Tuesday, but I think it was a Wednesday night going into Thursday, but it was Wednesday night and everybody was drinking at The Holiday Inn bar. Vince was getting hammered. Everybody was getting hammered.
Vince said, ‘Hey Mike. Where’s the ring truck?’ I said, ‘It’s right outside in the parking lot sir.’ It was snowing and there was a ton of snow from before. It was snowing at night. It was freezing because it was November at that time. Next thing you know, Vince is like, ‘Give me the god da*n keys to the truck Mike.’ I was like, ‘Yea sure boss. No problem.’
I gave him the keys and he said, ‘Ok, come with me.’ I look at Chimel (Tony Chimel). He was over at the table. I told Chimel, ‘Vince has the keys to the truck.’ He said, ‘Why the f*ck did you give him the keys to the truck?’ Me and Chimel came out. Now we’re in the truck with Vince. He’s doing donuts with this 20-foot truck with a sleeper cab. He’s shifting gears and saying, ‘God da*n it. Can’t this go any faster?’ I said, ‘Yea, if you’re going down the highway.’ I swear he almost tipped the truck two or three times. I thought he was going to capsize the truck.”
Bradshaw talked about Vince McMahon’s fearlessness on a plane:
“People don’t realize how fearless Vince is. We’re flying one time into White Plains, like a short flight, like Boston or somewhere. The pilot comes back and says, ‘Sir, I’m fearless.’ The guy, I think, had been in Iraq flying as a pilot. The guy wasn’t scared, but he said, ‘I would not fly into this. There’s no visibility.’ Vince looked up and said, ‘So when you get that uniform, you lose your balls?’ Brian Gewirtz was there asking why Vince was arguing with the pilot. That pilot took off. We were coming in with no visibility. It was like, all of a sudden, we saw the runway and landed. It was that quick. The pilot came back and said, ‘Wow’, and Vince said, ‘I told you it would be fine.’ Like it was no big deal.”