According to a new report several WWE talents are said to be unhappy with the company’s new COVID-19 policy.
A new report has shed further insight on WWE’s current COVID policy, following Seth Rollins’ announcement that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and the company’s removal of four top stars from a recent live event.
COVID infection rates have been rising over the world in recent months, and the United States and WWE are no exception. According to the report, WWE has now eased their policies regarding the epidemic.
According to Fightful Select, “Performance Center talent” were informed that they will no longer need to partake in twice-weekly COVID testing. The testing had previously been mandatory.
In addition, the main roster received an email alerting them that weekly testing is no longer required. It’s unclear whether the ruling was amended to include a vaccine caveat.
The report concludes by stating that the new policy has been met with disapproval by a number of performers backstage.
“This ruling didn’t sit well with several within the company that Fightful heard from on Monday, considering how short-handed the company is with COVID infections as is.”
In addition, writing in the December 27th edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that numerous NXT wrestlers tested positive for COVID-19 during in weekly Monday testing. Although no names have been confirmed, it has also been suggested that there were main roster talents who have also tested positive.
On December 26th, Rollins was one of four Superstars pulled from WWE’s traditional post-Christmas live event at Madison Square Garden. As well as Rollins, WWE Champion Big E, Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair were removed from the show despite being advertised to appear.
As a result, Edge and Natalya were drafted in at the last minute with the card being re-worked at the eleventh hour.