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Big E comments on WWE doing COVID-19 testing, wrestlers not working TV tapings

Big E spoke with Jensen Karp of The Sports Bubble for a new interview where he covered various topics.

During the interview, he commented on WWE pushing forward with TV tapings during the coronavirus outbreak. He brought up the initial positive test of an NXT talent who had been working as a fan in the crowd that resulted in WWE finally going forward with testing instead of just taking temperatures of those who worked the shows.

His comments line up with what has been reported regarding this situation in WWE thus far.

“Well, it definitely changed our shooting schedule that week so when we heard about the positive test with an NXT talent if we were supposed to tape on that day but then I think the day it came out but the next day we actually did tape that day then the next day we found on that evening the next day we had to stop the taping. We all got tested. We did the nasal swab for coronavirus which I kind of heard some horror stories and it’s not great, don’t get me wrong not quite as bad as I thought but not great either.

We had all that tested that day and then if you were negative then you were allowed to tape again the next day so it’s definitely caused a shift in the way we do things and tape again. I think there may be some more testing moving forward which is honestly like what we should be doing.”

Some WWE stars have decided to not work the TV tapings. In the cases of Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns, they were the first to make this decision. However, most recently, Kevin Owens was the latest star to make the call.

Big E discussed this in addition to how he views working the tapings.

“I think you have to consider what your individual case is the people you’re around. I think for those guys with families I definitely understand completely because you know it could devastate your family and that was like you know to do this to decide to wrestle to step into a ring. The fact that it could really negatively affect your family’s future is something, it’s just I don’t think it’s worth the risk. For me, like I said I go home to no one so I kind of think there’s a certain risk with wrestling that I’ve accepted anyways for myself and there’s really no fear that I’m going to get anyone else sick not a family member and like that. So I have really minimal contact with anyone else outside of wrestling at all.

So it’s kind of something that I’ve been more comfortable going back with especially now with more testing but I completely accept that you know there are people who are gonna say this is not right for me and my family and I think it’s smart that they decide not to step in a ring.”

Big E also talked about The Undertaker’s retirement, sexual harassment in wrestling, Black Lives Matter, and more. Check out the full interview here. 

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