Mike Chioda Says John Cena Choked Umaga Until He Passed Out At Royal Rumble 2007

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Former WWE referee Mike Chioda has claimed John Cena choked Umaga until he was unconscious during their Last Man Standing Match at the 2007 Royal Rumble.

The match for the WWE Championship saw Cena retain by wrapping a ring-rope around the Samoan’s neck, leaving him incapable of answering the ten-count.

On the latest Mailbag Monday, Chioda recalled the match and his concerns immediately after Cena had retained:

“Umaga couldn’t answer anything. He was out like a light. That’s why I got so worried about Eckie (Umaga). I was thinking, was he concussed? But no, the rope got him and choked him out, and he passed out. I didn’t even know Eckie was passed out. He was shoot passed out. He was totally out of it.


“He finally woke up. I was like, ‘Are you alright? That was nuts.’ It was the ring rope that choked him out. John was pulling too hard. He was tugging too hard.”


Chioda added that he felt bad, as he was the referee for the match and should’ve known during the bout that Umaga had been choked out for real.

“I was like, ‘Eckie, I just thought you were selling so good.’ He said, ‘I was trying to tell you but I couldn’t get it out.’ He couldn’t talk but he was trying to tell me it was too tight, and I couldn’t even hear him.”

Umaga sadly passed on December 4, 2009 at age 36.

Earlier this year, Rikishi called on WWE to posthumously induct his brother into the WWE Hall of Fame.


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