Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States, WWE has been holding sets of television tapings for their weekly programs in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center.
Starting this week, WWE had NXT and developmental talent serve as fans at the tapings as they are standing where the crowd would be but behind plexiglass in order to stay within the social distancing guidelines.
As recently as Friday Night SmackDown, WWE had Michael Cole state that those talent serving as fans had been tested for the coronavirus. However, he did not specifically state what they had been tested for.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE is not testing for COVID-19. Instead, they have been continuing with temperature and symptom checks.
Meltzer wrote, “Although it was hinted on the air that they were testing all talent for COVID-19, there was no testing done at all again at the tapings this past week past temperature readings and asking people if they didn’t feel well.”
Per the report, many people found this to be surprising as not only does AEW but the UFCalso has been conducting COVID-19 tests for all athletes while running shows.
Clearly, WWE is a bigger company than AEW and could afford to do these types of tests.