According to a new report WWE’s latest COVID-19 policy has not gone down well with a number of talents backstage.
In the wake Seth Rollins revealing that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and WWE pulled four top stars from a recent live event, a new report has shone further light on the company’s current COVID policy.
COVID infection rates have continued to climb across the globe in recent months, with the United States and WWE being no different. A new report has now revealed that WWE have in fact relaxed their policy around the pandemic.
According to Fightful Select, “Performance Center talent” were informed that they will no longer need to partake in twice-weekly COVID testing. This had previously been mandatory. Furthermore, an email was sent to the main roster informing them that weekly testing isn’t required. It remains unclear as to whether a vaccination qualifier was added to the ruling.
The report closes by noting that the new policy hasn’t been well received by a number of talents 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.”
Merry Covid Christmas to me!!!! I LOVE FOOTBALL!!!
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) December 27, 2021
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 it was reported that Edge was “rushed” to Madison Square Garden after a number of Superstars were pulled from a live event. WWE’s card in Tampa which featured SmackDown Superstars was also affected.
In New York, Big E, Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins were removed from the card despite being advertised to appear on the show. Rollins then confirmed that he had tested positive.
The news has sparked speculation suggesting that WWE’s upcoming Day 1 pay-per-view could see significant upheaval, given that it is less than a week away. At the event, Seth Rollins is scheduled to challenge for Big E’s WWE Championship, while his wife Becky Lynch is slated to defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Liv Morgan.