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Referee Marty Elias says he was fired by WWE for wearing a KISS t-shirt backstage

The latest episode of Talk Is Jericho has been posted and it covers the WrestleMania 25 match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.

The original plan was for Charles Robinson to be the referee for that match but Taker and Michaels wanted Marty Elias. There were some interesting tidbits revealed about that match by Elias on Jericho’s podcast, including the story behind his firing just a few months after the match.

Elias has never spoken publicly on why he was fired up until now and he says the firing had to do with him violating the company dress policy. Specifically, he was released for wearing a KISS t-shirt.

He said, “In a nutshell, I was let go because I violated the company dress code. I wore a KISS t-shirt. I got to the building [and] unbeknownst to me, Johnny Ace and Kevin Dunn had seen me in a limo when they were waiting for Vince. Kevin Dunn told Johnny I was out of dress code. I went to the building and I was doing my stooge duty where I had to check everybody in…and I went into catering and Johnny and Kevin and Mark Carrano were sitting at a table and Johnny saw me and goes ‘Marty, what the f**k are you doing wearing a KISS t-shirt?’ And I said ‘I’m sorry, I just put it on.'”

Elias said he would go change out of the shirt. He explained why he was wearing the shirt. He said, “It was the last shirt that I had that was clean…I got a call and I remember Carrano telling me, ‘hey Johnny needs to talk to you’ so I call Johnny and Johnny goes, ‘I gotta let you go.'”

Elias said it’s been 10 years and he’s persona non-grata with WWE. He said, “Did I really commit a sin that was unforgivable? I actually feel right now with WWE…I have a persona non-grata status with them, I don’t know why…I actually went to SummerSlam afterward and Ty Bailey, who is a piece of sh*t, had me kicked out.”

Elias said he may have had some heat because he was friends with guys like Shawn Michaels and Jericho and it was Taker and Michaels who wanted him, not Charles Robinson, to referee their match.

Elias said he would be open to going back to WWE but he has a lot going on these days so it all depends on circumstances. He would also welcome the opportunity to work for AEW. There is a lot more discussed during the podcast including what happened when Taker dove over the top rope and landed on the back of his head and neck.

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