Referee Mike Chioda took to Twitter to comment on his release from WWE. Chioda had been one of the longest-tenured employees in the company dating back to the late 80s.
He tweeted, "I Want To Say Thanks To the WWE & To All My AMAZING WWE FANS & Universe! 35yrs & 31yrs Refereeing Working for the WWE has been a FANTASTIC RUN!! I Am So PROUD to have Worked with So Many ICONS & AMAZING TALENT IN THIS INDUSTRY!! I THANK YOU ALL!! 1Luv! Mike"
Chioda's second tweet: "A Very Special Thanks To All My WWE Co-Workers & WWE FANS for Reaching out to Me! I Really Appreciate The RESPECT & KIND WORDS FROM EVERYONE!! During these Unprecedented times in our lives. Everyone & There Families B Safe & God Bless!!"
As previously noted, Vince McMahon apparently felt that budget cuts were needed and Chiota was one of the people released. The people who were released were told that there may be an opportunity for them to return at some point.
Click here for the updated confirmed list of names that were released.