WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is well known for making his feelings known in gorilla, and Mike Chioda has recalled the match he feels McMahon was the angriest after.
Chioda, whose career as an official with WWE spanned over thirty years and put him in the middle of many iconic matches, was the referee when Shane McMahon took on Kurt Angle at the 2001 King Of The Ring.
Whilst the match has gone down in wrestling folklore for its brutality, Chioda spoke on The Monday Mailbag about Vince’s reaction to what went on that night.
I’d have to say probably during the Kurt Angle/Shane [McMahon] match at King Of The Ring, he was p*ssed, he was upset man because Kurt was trying to put [Shane] through that glass.
I had the match and I remember Kurt couldn’t hear me, he was deaf in one ear. I was yelling, cussing, ‘Don’t do it again, don’t do it again!’ Kurt just kept trying to put him through the glass and finally did it. It was a hell of a match, I see [Vince] was p*ssed off that night at everybody, including me because he thought I wasn’t listening to him but I was telling Kurt ‘Don’t do it’ but Shane’s like ‘Do it, do it again! Do it again!’ and Kurt’s not hearing me and it was a lot of chaos that night.
There’s a lot of nights I’ve seen [Vince] p*ssed and there’s a lot of nights I’ve seen him happy but mostly I’ve seen him p*ssed off at Gorilla.
McMahon’s frustrations are understandable, if he did still get a match which has stood the test of time.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the quote.