At first, neither company did COVID-19 tests, but rather temperature checks and asked various questions. Then, AEW started doing actual COVID tests. After an outbreak of positive results a few months ago, WWE started doing that as well.
Wrestling Inc put out a report today with detailed information about how both companies have been doing testing for everyone working television events.
The approach for both AEW and WWE is said to be a little different. Despite that, any wrestler who appears on television has been tested. It was noted that with such strict testing, it has relaxed the rules of everyone wearing masks at the shows.
First up is AEW, which sends its talent to an off-site facility the morning of tapings to have a blood prick test taken and then they wait to have the results back within ten minutes. Once the person has passed the test then they are given a wrist band and taken to Daily’s Place, the site of Dynamite TV events.
If a person doesn’t have a wrist band then they’re not allowed to enter the venue. It was added that the blood prick test is much easier to do than the nasal swab test but much more expensive.
Lastly in WWE, all wrestlers are told to go to a parking garage the day before the events and they are given a nasal swab test while in their cars. They then leave the garage and wait until later than tonight to know the results of their tests. Once they are given a negative result then WWE gives them show plans for the next episode.