PWI reports that the belief in the company is that the outbreak started at an NXT talent party that several trainees attended and that led to the asymptomatic transmission of the virus. Several trainees and staff were said to have tested positive this week.
WWE issued the following statement on the matter:
“As part of ongoing testing protocols, WWE completed its second round of weekly COVID-19 testing on Tuesday. Individuals that tested positive will quarantine for 14 days, receive medical care, and then will only be cleared when they are symptom-free and test negative. Additionally, extensive contact tracing has taken place and other individuals have been placed in 14-day quarantine, and will then only be cleared after they test negative.”
The COVID-19 positive tests forced WWE to make changes to this week’s NXT broadcast. Next week’s show was also taped yesterday so WWE has time to figure things out for their next event which will be the TakeOver show that will air live on the WWE Network on October 4.
PWI also reports that WWE is taking extra precautions and they are going to keep anyone from NXT and the PC away from the upcoming Raw and SmackDown shows. NXT and Performance Center personnel have been used around the ring for the Raw Underground segments and to fill in as Retribution members.
There is a fear in WWE that since there were so many Performance Center/NXT trainees who worked on Monday as masked Retribution members that some people on the main roster could have been exposed to the virus. There is no confirmation that anyone on the main roster has been infected but it could be a concern since Clash of Champions takes place this Sunday and positive tests could force WWE to make changes to the card.