Backstage Update – The Latest On WWE’s COVID-19 Outbreak


UPDATE: We reported earlier this morning here on eWn that WWE has another COVID-19 outbreak on its hands.

In an update on this, WWE is currently planning on moving ahead with all of their live events in the United States next week. With that being said, there has been a lot of movement by WWE officials as they receive additional information about talents and staff who may not be cleared for travel. The company is trying their best to stay ahead of the situation as best they can.


Several WWE talents were contacted earlier today and were asked to get tested “out of an abundance of caution.” We can confirm that there were several additional staff and talents who tested positive today.

According to a report from Pwinsider, the company is dealing with the same issues that Broadway and many other sports leagues have been forced to deal with in recent weeks. The company has been regularly testing talents before letting them inside the venues they are running. One source said it’s not something that could have been avoided as many venues have their own protocols in place, which include both fans and the performers themselves being tested or having to show proof of vaccination.

WWE officials have reportedly been working on alternative lineups for live events in the event talent test positive and are unable to compete. The idea is for several NXT talents to fill the undercard spots if they are needed. This would be a worst-case scenario.

The hope within WWE is that even if talents are unable to perform on the Holiday Tour live events, they would still be able to appear at the WWE Day 1 pay-per-view as they’d be cleared to return by then.

ORIGINAL: According to PWInsider, WWE is currently dealing with yet another outbreak of COVID-19 with the new variant Omicron spreading fast throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Most WWE staff reportedly felt “run down”, with some testing positive for COVID-19 while others are awaiting test results to come back.

This week’s edition of WWE SmackDown has already been taped and therefore won’t be affected by the new outbreak. However, what is going to be a challenge for WWE is having some talent and staff who tested positive to be able to recover and be cleared by testing negative to take part in the WWE Holiday Live Event Tour, which is expected to start on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The other live events are expected to take place in Detroit (Monday Night RAW taping), Pittsburgh, Orlando, Buffalo and Washington D.C. There are currently no plans to cancel these shows currently.

WWE has events scheduled for Toronto, Ontario and Laval, Quebec with those live events statuses listed as unknown due to Quebec shutting down due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. Tickets for these events are no longer being sold, even though the event is still scheduled to take place. WWE is currently still scheduled to run their Day 1 pay-per-view on January 1st.

Lastly, WWE HQ has brought back the mask mandate rule for their corporate offices in Stanford for a third time.

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