WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard claims recent reports surrounding his health were erroneous and that he was simply on vacation.
It was originally reported by PWInsider that a number of high-ranking WWE Executives were absent from the December 27th episode of Monday Night Raw in Detroit. Among these names were Bruce Prichard as well As Vince McMahon and TV production head honcho Kevin Dunn.
This came at the same time that the company were keeping some talent off of live events due to the risk of COVID-19 increasing in recent weeks. One of Big E’s challengers at Day 1, Seth Rollins, confirmed that he had contracted the virus.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer provided an apparent update on Prichard’s status, saying that the issue with him is not down to COVID-19:
“Bruce Prichard, I was told was not COVID, but he was sick.”
“To address some of the rumor and innuendo, which is complete horsesh*t out there in the wrestling media if you will. This year, I took it (vacation) at a time when we didn’t have two SmackDowns. We pre-recorded, and we had a count show. So there was no TV to go to in general.”
“So I had my vacation tied up during that time where it looked like, ‘Hey, man, Bruce hasn’t been in here in like, oh my god! Three TVs!’ And then I got the flu. I was running a fever and not feeling well. We’ve got a great team and an incredible sports system and team that was there. I missed three TVs.”
“I got a little bit of a Montezuma’s revenge there, but it didn’t stop me, man. It was what it was, and I had an incredibly beautiful, just, picturesque, panoramic, incredible view every single day. Good friends and my whole family, and we had an absolute blast.”