Several reports have come out regarding multiple positive tests for COVID-19 last week in WWE in conjunction with the recent set of television tapings in Florida.
Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that multiple people who have been at the company’s Performance Center have tested positive, including in-ring talent. [UPDATE: The news of several positive cases was first reported by Sean Ross Sapp at Fightful.]
No names have been reported that tested positive.
Satin adds that WWE’s medical staff will conduct more testing before the next series of tapings.
POST Wrestling was informed by one source that talent and crew were informed on Tuesday night that they would have to arrive early this week as testing will be conducted prior to the tapings taking place Friday and Saturday. A second person we spoke with noted they were tested today (Wednesday) with testing taking place on Thursday, as well.
Multiple sources noted that the new schedule will see double tapings of SmackDown & Raw on both Friday and Saturday this week.
WWE issued the following statement to POST Wrestling when asked about the reports of the positive cases:
WWE will continue COVID-19 testing of its talent, production crew and employees in advance of TV productions for the foreseeable future.
COVID-19 testing was introduced for WWE talent and staff after a positive case was revealed last Monday involving an unnamed developmental performer. Talent and staff were tested last Tuesday on June 16th with the taping of this week’s Raw delayed by one day. The scheduled taping of SmackDown was removed from last week’s schedule and is set to be taped this Friday to air that night on Fox.