WWE EVP of Global Head of Sales and Partnerships John Brody joined Charlotte Flair in doing an interview with Sport Hiatus where they talked about WWE holding TV tapings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This interview was done during the same timeframe of the reveal that several people in WWE have recently tested positive for the virus. Click here for the latest.
Brody made an interesting comment about how WWE’s leader, Vince McMahon, thinks they have a responsibility to do tapings despite the risks of talent for the entertainment of fans.
“First and foremost, the health and safety of our superstars, like Charlotte and legends like Ric [Flair] is paramount. It comes down to leadership in many ways. Our leader believes we have a social responsibility to put fans first and to help them get a break from what was then coming and what we’re in the midst of.”
Body stated that they have a responsibility to take fans away for a few hours and give them a smile and a chance to feel something other than what they’re watching.
“We leaned in to say ‘we’re going to put fans first’ and do everything we can, working with state, local, and federal officials to make sure it’s safe for our most important resource…the WWE superstars…we’re going to do whatever we can to deliver content for our partners [TV networks]… and our fans.”
He then went onto talk about how they moved production to the Performance Center on a closed set and that it was a gym that they turned into a site to tape television. He stated that they’re testing everyone and not allowing fans at the shows.
Body stated that they understand the decision other sports leagues made originally and WWE wouldn’t have made the decision we made if they didn’t think they could do it safely for their staff and stars. However, WWE felt America needed it as a ‘pick me up.'”
You can watch the entire interview by clicking on the player below (quotes can be found at the 7:04 mark):