WWE’s Head Referee Mike Chioda Suspended for Positive Drug Test

Mike Chioda the longest working referee in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) industry has been suspended for 30 days due to producing a positive drug test. Chioda has spent 22 years working for the WWE. He began his career as a member of the ring crew for five years until being trained as a referee.

The WWE has a Wellness Program in which positive drug tests for marijuana and alcohol are not punished by suspension, but instead by a fine of $2,500. This means that Chioda had to of tested positive for something other than alcohol and/or marijuana. The official banned substance list for the Wellness Program includes anabolic androgenic steroids, human growth hormone, stimulants (Ecstasy, meth, etc…) and numerous other substances.

Any exemption to these rules would be prescription medications, which depends on a case by case basis. The muscle relaxers Soma and Miltown have been completely banned no matter if a WWE employee has a doctor prescription for them. The WWE feels that there are other muscle relaxers that are more effective and are less likely to cause intoxication.

In the case of a positive drug test the WWE’s Wellness Programs first step of action is to suspend the employee for 30 days, the second repercussion is a 60 day suspension and if it happens a third time they will termination you as an employee.

Details are currently unknown regarding the type of drug Chioda tested positive for and if any further suspension will occur. For those in the WWE, Chioda’s suspension came as a shock. Jason Powell stated at ProWrestling.net that Mike Chioda is the first referee he knows of to be suspended under the new policy that went into effect on November 1, 2007. It has been rumored that Scott Armstrong will take over as head referee while Chioda is suspended for the next month.



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