WWE has confirmed that the reigning champion Drew McIntyre has contracted the virus and as a result, has been placed in quarantine until he recovers.
The company issued a very short and brief statement on their website which read, Drew McIntyre has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed in quarantine.
The Scottish Psychopath was slated to face Randy Orton in a non-title match on RAW. But due to the current circumstances, the match will be scrapped off from the show card. Randy Orton is still expected to wrestle in the main event with a replacement wrestler.
While the announcement of the wrestler testing positive for the virus was made only hours before RAW, the champ is expected to address the same during the red brand’s airing.
McIntyre’s appearance on RAW ended up being a pre-recorded message where he confirmed that he has been tested positive and is currently isolating. He called for unity to defeat the virus that has taken over the world. Asserting the importance of wearing masks and abiding by the social distancing norms, he signed off by stating that he expects to be with the fans soon.
Triple H was announced for today and he opened the show with a promo only to be interrupted by the Viper, leading to a challenge for the main event of the show.
McIntyre’s plans heading into WrestleMania
The former member of the 3MB, McIntyre won back the title from Randy Orton and is currently on his second reign with the gold.
He defended the WWE Championship last week during the RAW Legends Night episode where he defeated Keith Lee before being confronted by Goldberg.
The tense confrontation between the stars of two different eras hinted towards a match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
However, with the current champion being sidelined as a result of the virus, it is uncertain whether the WWE will carry on with the initial plan or improvise.