Mike Chioda didn't hold back in his criticism of WWE's Mark Carano during the latest Mailbag Monday with Mike Chioda on AdFreeShows.com. The former WWE referee called the head of talent relations "the s***s" and stated he believes Carano put his name forward to be fired in April 2020.
When asked who he thought was the worst head of talent relations, Chioda said: "Mark Carano. He's the s***s. Did he ever referee a match? Did he ever work a match? Did he ever set up a ring? Did he ever take ropes? Did he ever drive a truck? He did none of that s**t. I guess he paid his dues in the office because he is still there.
"He is a smart mark, not his first name, but a smart mark to the business. He knows anything and everything. He couldn't look you in the eye. He wasn't straightforward with you. I didn't believe him. Even when he called me, he lied to me that day when he called me to let me go. I believe he was one of the guys who put me up on the chopping block. I know it didn't come from Vince and Stephanie who said, 'Let's cut Mike Chioda and cut his payroll because his payroll is so huge.' He put my name up, I guess, and got it approved through Hunter and probably Hunter got it taken care of through Vince. We (Chioda and Carano) got along on a business standpoint but I tried to stay away from him as much as I could.
"I believe he's put in a situation to take all the heat, but to be honest with you, this is the first time that I've mentioned his name since I've been off and I really didn't want to talk about his name. You put somebody's name out there and you are putting him over either way, bad or good. He's just never paid a lot of dues on the outside of the business. He was trying to get the referees to be stooges and everything. It wasn't the way I wanted to see the referees go."
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.