Former WWE referee recently spoke with Wrestling Inc. and during the interview, Chioda shared some insight into the night that The Lighting Kid pinned Razor Ramon (also known as Scott Hall.) Chioda revealed that Hall wanted the pinfall to be as fast as Chioda could make it.
Chioda: “That was great. There was probably, I want to say, maybe 500 – 1,000 people in that arena but what a wrestling vibe that was. That was an amazing match being from a perspective of some young kid coming in, which became X-Pac, and he was the 1-2-3 Kid. Razor came up to me all day long because he loved how I counted. A lot of false-count finishes. One, two, kick out. Not today, you’d be on the same page as almost counting three and kicking out.”
“He says, ‘Man, I want you to make this the fastest count ever.’ He really didn’t want to do the job because I don’t think they were that great of friends at that point yet. They became good friends. He was like, ‘I want you to count as fast as you can. It’s your ass if you don’t count fast. You’ll make me look stupid sitting there for a long three.’ That’s when it was old school man. They cared about their character and cared about who they were doing a job to. We’ll be talking about that someday on AdFreeShows, a watch-along, hopefully coming up someday.”
Chioda also reflected on his experience as the referee in the legendary WWE WrestleMania match between The Rock and Hulk Hogan. He called it one of the highlights of his career.
Chioda: “It was phenomenal to see where Hogan, in the 80s, in the early 80s, I started in this business, to where he got the company and to what he did as an entertainer in the professional wrestling business and the industry. He was an icon throughout so many years in the business, and [he] still is one of the icons in the history of the business today. And then when Rock came up, he was another icon, and it was just icon against icon. It was something that was great to be a part of, it was unbelievable, it was one of the most memorable matches in my career.”