The topic of coronavirus testing procedures at wrestling events was brought back up following the reveal that a WWE developmental talent had tested positive for COVID-19. This talent had worked as a fan for a set of TV tapings last Tuesday.
As a result, WWE decided to cancel Tuesday’s TV tapings in order for everyone to test everyone for COVID-19. Up to this point, WWE had only been taking the temperatures of talent and asking them questions.
This has drawn comparisons between WWE and AEW over the handling of the virus. Even AEW has received some criticism for running shows during the pandemic.
Since last month, All Elite Wrestling has been doing actual coronavirus tests for everyone at Dynamite TV tapings. The testing procedures are being done as a way to screen wrestlers and staff for the virus.
With AEW holding shows in Florida and the state being considered a hot spot for the virus, there have been some questions about how often AEW has been testing as there have been no reports about anyone testing positive.
AEW President Tony Khan responded to reporter Jon Alba of Spectrum News 13, who credited AEW for their precautions.
Khan wrote, “Yes, we test every person who’s in the backstage area or working in or around the ring at the beginning of every week we’re doing a show. Thank you both.”
Yes, we test every person who’s in the backstage area or working in or around the ring at the beginning of every week we’re doing a show. Thank you both.
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) June 16, 2020