WWE has confirmed the first positive COVID-19 test in the company.
Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that an on-screen talent in the company who is not a member of the roster tested positive.
The person began developing systems and then went to get a test and is currently in quarantine. WWE sources say the person has recovered and is now clear of the virus as of this week and is feeling better.
WWE confirmed the news via this statement:
“A WWE employee has tested positive for COVID-19. We believe this matter is low risk to WWE talent and staff, as the individual and a roommate became symptomatic in the days following exposure to two people working in acute health care on the evening of March 26, after WWE’s TV production on a closed set was already complete. The employee had no contact with anyone from WWE since being exposed to those two individuals, is doing well, and made a complete recovery.”
As previously noted, WWE plans on airing Raw, SmackDown and NXT TV live every week at the Performance Center. The original plan was to tape several weeks of shows but that changed when Vince McMahon made the last-minute call on Friday. There is a clause in WWE TV contracts that only allow for a certain number of shows to be taped per year.
It seems unlikely that USA and FOX would look to drop WWE shows for not sticking with the contract but Vince McMahon reportedly wants to make sure there is no chance of that happening.