Sunday, June 28, 2020

Absent Stars From Tapings Were In Contact With Staff That Tested Positive

Absent Stars From Tapings Were In Contact With Staff That Tested Positive
Because of the influx of positive test results and circumstances surrounding them, this week's SmackDown became a different show than originally advertised.

According to Dave Meltzer, WWE made the call to only tape the one condensed SmackDown episode on Friday and one episode of RAW, instead of going ahead with filming two full episodes of each show, over the weekend.

As noted earlier today, WWE has since update their taping schedule to accommodate the change in plans. The company will reportedly bring in stars that were absent from this week's tapings at the upcoming tapings later this week.

It was mentioned that AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan were among the superstars that were noticeably absent from SmackDown. Rumors have circulated their absence was due to being interviewed by Renee Young, working closely with her on the June 19 episode of SmackDown.

Mojo Rawley and Shorty G, who competed in a match on the same June 19 edition of SmackDown, were also absent from this past Friday's tapings. The duo's match was reportedly produced by Jamie Noble, which could have contributed to why they were absent from this most recent episode.

Sheamus, Otis, Tucker, Sonya Deville, and Mandy were also reportedly absent from this weekend's SmackDown tapings.

So far, Renee Young, Kayla Braxton, Adam Pearce, and Jamie Noble are the WWE staff members that have used social media to come out about being positive for coronavirus.