Former WWE referee reveals WWE don’t prepare backup plan for Royal Rumble matches and everything is dealt with on the fly.
Mike Chioda is the face of referees in the WWE. The former WWE ref worked in Vince McMahon’s promotion for well over three decades. Naturally, he knows a good deal about how the promotion works and functions.
The Royal Rumble matches are one of the most exiting match types in the promotion. The chaotic and unpredictable nature of the match enamours the fans and keeps them on their toes for the entire duration.
With as many as 30 competitors in the match, it is probably one of the hardest to book matches. But what if something doesn’t go as planned?
According to Chioda, the WWE never have a plan B in case things go awry. Instead, they make impromptu decisions based on the situation at hand,
Former WWE referee Mike Chioda reveals WWE don’t prepare backup plan for Royal Rumble matches
“‘Not really. That’s a good question,” Chioda said on on the Monday Mailbag on AdFreeShows podcast. “But I mean, Plan B, no, there is no Plan B. When you are going into a Royal Rumble match, I mean, we can call this stuff on the fly.
“So, if there are two guys that go out at the same time, I’m sure we would just restart the match and redo those two competitors. If they fell at the same time, it would be a draw.
“But Plan B if anybody gets hurt or something, no, we’d just call it on the fly and then we would say, ‘okay, this one’s going over,’ or they would let that guy lay low for a while, and we would come up with a Plan B finish, with the same guy but, everything is called on the fly at certain times.”
The Royal Rumble has generally gone smoothly but there have been instances where there have been mistakes. Such as when Stone Cold was eliminated before he was booked to or when Randy Savage accidentally eliminated himself after jumping out of the ring to attack an already eliminated Jake the Snake Roberts.
The most popular however, was when John Cena and Dave Batista eliminated each other. This resulted in a restart involving both men but not before Vince McMahon furiously walked down to the ring only to tear both his quads.
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