During the latest Monday Mailbag podcast, former WWE referee Mike Chioda was asked if he thinks a referee union or a union in general would work in pro wrestling:
“If you try to mention a union with the WWE, that is definitely out of the question. I do know that AEW takes care of their referees as far as paying for their hotels and everything. There’s a lot of guys in WWE who are not crew refs that don’t get paid their stuff. You just can’t mention a union in professional wrestling.
I think these companies make big enough money where they can take care of 50-100 talents. You should be able to take care of that talent, all of the talent. You have to look at a professional football team. These guys, 50-some men on the roster, they’re getting taken care of, hotel, trainers, this, that They get everything paid for. Traveling expenses, everything. I just think that if you have, say 50-75 main guys on the roster including RAW and SmackDown, is that too many guys we can’t take care of? The referees should be taken care of.”
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