WWE has had more than 30 cases of Covid-19 infections over the pandemic period, according to Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer.
Meltzer, on Wrestling Observer Radio, stated that there has been 38 positive cases to come out of the promotion since backstage interviewer Kayla Braxton caught in the virus in late March.
Braxton herself reportedly got infected while having a dinner with her friends and not while working at the Performance Center. After recovering, she unfortunately got infected for a second time.
Meltzer also stated that while the authorities notified employees about the Braxton case, they were not notfied every time for the following infections.
After the infections of Renee Young and Jamie Noble, amongst others, were made public by the infected themselves, WWE began raising their standards for security and safety of their performers, finally resulting in The Thunderdome.
WWE’s Rising Covid-19 Cases Has Been Discussed Since June
In June, Brian Alvarez, on another edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, had also implied that the company had more than 30 positive cases. “We’re at literally, like, six to 10 sources right now, all saying that we’re talking 20 to 30 at minimum. So it’s bad,” he had said.
An unnamed employee said near the same time: “Now that WWE has more talent and staffers starting to test positive, we’ve been informed by talent relations not to discuss our illness with anyone besides those we may live with that may need to know. “
“We are FORBIDDEN to tell anyone else nor can we come out publicly to make any statements. It was stressed that WWE will take care of any medical treatments, should we need them. In the same breath it was made clear the company would handle the PR and only those that needed to know about our condition would know as HIPPA laws would prevent them from making our names public,” he had added.
WWE, however, is marching on with their share of programming. Even NXT UK is supposed to be back in the near future and WWE’s use of Thunderdome and pyros has made their shows considerably more entertaining than earlier on during the pandemic.
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