Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Talent Reaction To WWE's Handling Of Positive COVID-19 Test

Talent Reaction To WWE's Handling Of Positive COVID-19 Test
WWE talent, production crew and employees were tested for coronavirus on Tuesday after an unnamed developmental talent tested positive for the disease.

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, there was a huge gathering at the Performance Center on Tuesday morning as talent and staff were tested for COVID-19 for the FIRST time. As seen below, Mojo Rawley posted a video on social media of himself taking the test through a nose swab. It was noted that the testing was disorganized at the start, but it appeared to have gotten better as the day went along.

PWInsider noted that most of the people that they had spoken to were concerned at some level about their health and spreading the illness to their families. Some talent were also upset that WWE had fans in attendance for Monday's television tapings, as they were not informed that anyone outside the company would be in attendance. One person apparently said that they were only aware of the move when they went to the ring and saw older faces in the crowd, realizing that they aren't developmental talent.

While some talent weren't bothered with how everything went down, many others were said to be worried and/or upset. The feeling is that WWE needs to improve their communication with the talent and show more care for their performers as they are working during a pandemic while most other sports shut down.

WWE will be taping television today for next week's RAW and SmackDown, as well as two episodes of NXT.