A current “top” WWE Superstar was reportedly told that they would be “less valuable to the company” if they didn’t get vaccinated.
The vaccination status of athletes across the world has been a hot topic in recent weeks and months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rumble on. The vaccine again came into sharp focus with the controversy surrounding NFL star Aaron Rodgers, and reports that vaccination status played a role in the recent round of WWE releases.
It was later reported that any Superstars who were let go due to being unvaccinated weren’t given any warning that they would be leaving the company.
It’s now been noted that a top WWE star was told they would be less valuable to the company if they remained unvaccinated.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports that while Superstars weren’t told that being unvaccinated would threaten their job, a “top wrestler” was informed they would be less valuable if they weren’t, due to being unable to go on overseas tours.
One of the stars who reportedly released due to being unvaccinated was Nia Jax. However, after leaving the company the former Raw Women’s Champion denied that her vaccinated status played a role in her departure.
In a statement posted on social media, Jax said that the issue was “never mentioned.” In addition, she said that she had been released without consultation. Jax had been taking time away from WWE for what she described as “a mental health break” when she was informed that she was being let go.