It was reported last night after Monday Night Raw that a member of the WWE roster had tested positive for COVID-19. The news was broken firstly by Ryan Satin and followed by an official statement from WWE.
WWE had been checking staff temperatures as they were entering the Performance Centre, but up until now have not officially tested people for Coronavirus.
After a second positive test within the company, they have finally decided to start testing people for the virus. This comes a little too late after many had already interacted with the infected athlete.
It has been reported by many journalists that WWE have cancelled today’s recordings and are now officially testing staff. One of those journalists is Ross Sapp of Fightful who took to Twitter earlier today:
WWE have been conducting testing this morning
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) June 16, 2020
Also taking to Twitter, SmackDown Star MoJo Rawley confirmed that he was getting a Coronavirus test and even recorded the process on video.
Precautionary #COVID19 testing! Gotta make sure we’re healthy and safe to entertain the globe every week!
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) June 16, 2020
The way that WWE have dealt with the virus could be described as shambolic. It is widely documented that people can have the virus without showing a high temperature. Granting people entrance to a building packed with people who are working in extremely close proximity without proper testing is a disgrace.
Since the beginning of recordings, rival promotion AEW will only grant entry to staff if they have had a negative COVID-19 test on the day. Maybe if WWE treated their staff with this amount of care, athletes like Roman Reigns, Sami Zayn and others would feel safe going to their workplace.