Former ring announcer Tony Chimel recently recalled how Vince McMahon used to jokingly ask if he still worked for WWE.
Chimel received his release from WWE in 2020 after more than three decades with the company. He worked in various roles during that time, but is best known for his eight years as the SmackDown ring announcer between 1999 and 2007.
Appearing on Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw, Chimel discussed the long-running joke that Vince McMahon played on him.
“Yeah, he always used to say that to me, ‘Chimel, you still work here?’ One time he says, ‘Chimel, you still work here?’ I said, ‘Well, not really, Vince, but you’re still paying me.’ And he’s like, ‘Oh… I’m gonna have to look into that.’ I said, ‘No, no! Easy, Vince, that’s okay,’” he said.
Chimel famously introduced Edge as “The Rated-R Superstar” during ring announcements. The former WWE employee allowed his voice to crack while saying the word “superstar,” which made the announcements unique.
Tony Chimel’s history in Vince McMahon’s WWE
Gerald Brisco and John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) made light-hearted jokes at Tony Chimel’s expense throughout the interview. They also repeatedly accused him of hardly doing any work during his time in Vince McMahon’s company.
In response, Chimel reminded Brisco and Bradshaw that he worked on WWE’s ring crew before becoming a ring announcer.
“What didn’t I do?! Because let’s face it, when guys like me and [Mike] Chioda and [Jimmy] Korderas and Brisco and Pat [Patterson] and Joey Marella were helping to build this million dollar company while schmoes like you just come in halfway through, Bradshaw… I did lighting, I did audio, I did cameras, I reffed a match or a couple, which [former referee] Timmy White still freaking hates me for,” he said.
One of Chimel’s most memorable recent WWE moments came in 2017. As the tweet above shows, the ring announcer appeared at the Hall of Fame ceremony to introduce Edge during Beth Phoenix’s induction.
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