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Backstage news on what WWE is doing to keep wrestlers safe, Vince McMahon at Raw

WWE is going above and beyond to make sure their wrestler’s health is not affected as they tape shows at the Performance Center in Orlando.

Dave Meltzer noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there was a limited crew at Raw with Vince McMahon, Kevin Dunn, Paul Heyman, a few producers and support people at the PC.

There is no training going on at the PC during the crisis. “The WWE has also shut down the Performance Center as far as the talent training there,” Meltzer said. “There is no training or working there other than it will be open if needed for television shoots.”

On his latest podcast, Jerry “The King” Lawler described the Performance Center as Fort Knox with security standing outside of the building.

“They had everything closed down,” Lawler said. “There were security guards that met you there out in the parking lot. They came up in an Uber in the parking lot and they escorted me up to the front door. I didn’t get there until probably about 2:30 or something in the afternoon. Of course, everybody had already been there before me and so anyway, they stuck a thing in your ear to take your temperature and mine was 98.6. I went inside and the whole place had been refurbished or whatever for that particular situation to where you would have wrestlers and all the camera crew people [for the show].”

Lawler also said that people were kept apart from each other. Lawler, 70, and McMahon, 74, are at a higher risk of serious issues if they are exposed to someone with the virus but Lawler said he is not worried about himself. He did express surprise at seeing McMahon at Raw.

Lawler said, “I talked to Mark The Undertaker and I talked to Steve Austin a lot and to Vince. I was sort of surprised that Vince was there but Vince was there. It was like a regular Monday Night Raw. They had people just go through the motions…”

It will be interesting to see how things are worked out for WrestleMania since it will be taped in a few days. With the CDC recommendation against the gathering of over 50 people, WWE may need to shuffle people in and out of the PC during WrestleMania. Running the show across two nights will help alleviate some of those concerns.

One issue WWE may run into is wrestlers getting into the United States including one of their biggest stars. Click here for more on that story.


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