Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, Vince McMahon has come under fire for the decisions he has made, from the firing of staff and athletes to stay in profit to the lack of care for athletes during lockdown.
An Executive Vice President of WWEhas commented on Vince and the decision to continue running shows during the global health crisis.
Last week it was confirmed that one athlete present at the Performance Centre had been tested positive for COVID-19. Since then WWE have tested all athletes and now several names from all over the company have tested positive.
Speaking to Sport Hiatus in a conference call, John Brody, Global head of sales and partnerships for the company discussed the continuation of recordings. He said:
“The health and safety of our superstars is first and foremost paramount. It comes down to leadership in many ways. Our leader [Vince McMahon] believes we have a social responsibility to put fans first and to help them get a break from what was coming and what we’re in the midst of. We have a responsibility to take them away for a few hours and give them a smile and a chance to feel something other than what they’re watching, which is also important, on the news. We leaned in to say ‘we’re going to put fans first’ and do everything we can, working with state, local, and federal officials to make sure it’s safe for our most important resource, the WWE superstars, and we’re going to do whatever we can to deliver content for our partners and our fans.
“We understand the decision other sports made, we wouldn’t have made the decision we made if we didn’t think we could do it safely for our internal (staff) and for all those affected, but we felt America needed it and needed the ‘pick me up.’”
So far, we have only had confirmation of three names from WWE that have tested positive for COVID-19, Renee Young, Adam Pearce and Kayla Braxton, however there are far many more positive tests rumoured.
Maybe Vince thinks the same as President Trump, if there are less tests taken then there will be less positive results to share with the public.