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Backstage reaction to WWE COVID-19 positive tests, wrestlers being re-tested

In the wake of numerous positive coronavirus tests in WWE on Thursday and the company keeping talent in the dark regarding how many have the virus, several members of the roster have reached out to various journalists to get the latest.

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select reports that one talent asked him how many positive tests there were because “we’d know better than them.” It was noted that wrestlers have not been informed of even an approximate number of tests nor who tested positive.

Many main roster wrestlers are generally upset about the handling by the company as one talent stated that they’d also prefer if WWE had testing set post-tapings. Another star was particularly concerned for backstage interviewer Kayla Braxton, who tested positive twice for the virus.

There were multiple NXT wrestlers who needed to be re-tested after “being exposed to somebody positive,” but the good news is that they tested negative. There was also said to be concern about a couple of small gatherings that took place among wrestlers due to the rumored numbers being so high with positive tests. This is across the board in WWE.

Despite the positive tests, there were still some at the Performance Center who were not required to come in for testing. The report also attached a message sent out by WWE on Thursday morning after 9 AM to Performance Center recruits:

“Per Vince, ALL Talent are needed for TV on Friday & Saturday. Please go to PC by 10:30 AM TODAY for drive-through COVID testing. if you took test yesterday, you don’t need to today. If you are in high-level storyline, you will be off-camera. Thanks. **IMPORTANT: after test, you will need to remain ISOLATED AND QUARANTINED until after the TV tapings.”

WWE did another round of testing on Thursday, but those who took the test have yet to get their results back. In fact, the report states that several NXT stars and Performance Center recruits planned to skip this week’s tapings after the second COVID test. Of course, that then led to the numbers being accelerated by the numerous other tests.

However, WWE urged them to come in despite expressing that they weren’t comfortable doing so.


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