Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, AEW and WWE have received quite a bit of negative press for continuing to produce live shows during the lock-down situation.
Before last night’s episode, AEW: Dynamite had been pre-recorded with a minimum number of superstars to minimise the risk of the virus spreading. Last night’s episode was taped live for the first time in several weeks. In order to ensure the safety of all staff there were numerous precautions taken ahead of production. Tony Khan, president of AEW took to twitter to explain.
#AEWDynamite is live tonight on TNT at 8pm ET/7CT! I’ve tested negative for COVID as have all wrestlers & staff here, we’re taking best precautions possible & it’ll be a great show with the debut of Matt Hardy teaming w/ Kenny Omega v. Jericho & Guevara, + @JonMoxley v. Kazarian! pic.twitter.com/Kh56Drk5I4
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) May 6, 2020
Given the risks of spreading the virus there is still a very valid debate to whether there should be any wrestling at all. However, if it is still going ahead its clear to see that proper precautions are being taken.
WWE came out with a schedule for their shows which included a mix of live and pre-recorded shows to lower the risk of spread. Both companies are following all guidelines at the moment in making sure all staff and wrestlers are being tested regularly.
We are still waiting on confirmation on how fans will be reintroduced to shows. Although it is clearly affecting the atmosphere not having fans at shows, we hope they are cautious and sensible in the inclusion of the public.