WWE has issued the following statement to CBS Sports:
“WWE will continue COVID-19 testing of its talent, production crew and employees in advance of TV productions for the foreseeable future.”
The statement does not mention the reports of positive tests this week. PWInsider reported today that one source said the positive tests were in the “two dozen range” but the number has not been confirmed by WWE officials.
This means that Friday Night SmackDown will need to be rewritten since some wrestlers would not be able to appear due to the positive tests.
Last week was the first time that WWE invited “friends and family” to attend tapings at the Performance Center. Going forward, they will not be inviting “friends and family” to future shows during the pandemic. It will be interesting to see how they can pull off a taping on Friday given today’s news.
There are wrestlers very unhappy with the company right now because of the feeling the “friends and family” should have never been at the tapings last week and more should have been done to protect the staff and talent.
Kevin Owens pulled out of shows due to COVID-19 concerns after he learned about the developmental wrestler who tested positive. If the positive tests are indeed in the “two dozen range” as is being reported, I would not be shocked if others decide to follow in the footsteps of Owens and Roman Reigns.
WWE statement to @CBSSports: "WWE will continue COVID-19 testing of its talent, production crew and employees in advance of TV productions for the foreseeable future."
No comment on positive tests.
— Adam Silverstein (@SilversteinAdam) June 24, 2020