More information has come to light regarding the second WWE COVID-19 outbreak that was confirmed earlier this week.
According to PWInsider sources, the outbreak stemmed from an NXT talent throwing a party for fellow trainees, following which the virus was asymptomatically transmitted to others at the Performance Center.
Although the exact number of talent that tested positive remains unknown, Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that although it was less than the 40 or so who had positive COVID tests during the first WWE outbreak a few months back, it was still a significant amount and enough to impact Wednesday night’s NXT show.
Meltzer noted that it was safe to assume who tested positive based on the booking of the show and who was noticeably not there, both in terms of talent and announcers.
The only person in WWE to publicly confirm a positive test this time around (although her positive test was a few weeks ago and she is now clear of the virus) was Chelsea Green, who posted on Facebook:
“It feels so good to be out and about again after testing positive for COVID. I’m thankful I’m starting to feel like myself again. WEAR YOUR MASKS, people!”
It is unlikely that others will come forward with positive test results, given WWE’s policy of not wanting talent to publicly acknowledge having the virus, something Renee Young spoke about getting heat for once she had left the promotion.
The new positive tests in WWE have caused training to be paused at the WWE Performance Center in Florida, with no date confirmed for it to resume at this stage.
In an effort to prevent further spread, WWE is also keeping anyone who was at the PC or the NXT tapings away from the ThunderDome for the foreseeable future.
Those who have contracted the virus are now all self-isolating, which WWE confirmed in a statement:
“As part of ongoing testing protocols, WWE completed its second round of weekly COVID-19 testing on Tuesday. Individuals that tested positive will quarantine for 14 days, receive medical care, and then will only be cleared when they are symptom-free and test negative. Additionally, extensive contact tracing has taken place and other individuals have been placed in 14-day quarantine, and will then only be cleared after they test negative.”
Nevertheless, there remains a “fear” amongst members of the WWE roster that asymptomatic transmission could have occurred at this week’s Raw taping, as several NXT trainees worked as Retribution members on the show.
With Clash Of Champions coming up this Sunday, WWE will certainly be hoping that it has had a lucky escape and no transmission has occurred between trainees and the main roster performers.