The WWE recently released a statement about the recent COVID-19 outbreak. WWE has had issues with these outbreaks in the past. This time it was actually at NXT. WWE is one of the only wrestling promotions in the world that can operate without much problem during the pandemic.
Many businesses had to shut down and some even went out of business during the pandemic. Most wrestling promotions in the world had to shut down operations as well. WWE is currently holding shows inside empty arenas, mostly at the WWE Performance Center.
A few wrestling promotions actually have 15% arena attendance in place. Due to the outbreak. WWE had to make some creative changes for its show that took place on Wednesday. Some people believe that the outbreak started due to a Performance Center coach.
WWE on recent outbreak of the virus
PWInsider reported that no training took place on Thursday and we do not know when the training will actually resume. Several sources revealed that the outbreak likely occurred after an NXT wrestler threw a party.
It was attended by several WWE staff members and trainees. It was reported that after that, many staff members and trainees started testing positive for COVID-19. WWE’s statement on the matter is as follows: "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 Takeover go-home edition of NXT TV was taped on Wednesday. The next live Takeover event is scheduled to take place on the 4th of October. The company only has 9 days to decide whether or not the wrestlers that missed the tapings would appear in the actual live event on the 4th of October.
The Wrestling Observer Radio reported that main roster stars also got sick due to the outbreak. Due to this reason, RAW and Smackdown shows might also need to be changed as they might also have been impacted. WWE will be trying to prevent the spread further by barring certain NXT wrestlers and staff members from entering the Performance Center for some amount of time, according to PWInsider.