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Details on COVID-19 Outbreak Impacting WWE’s Taping Plans, Precautionary Measures


Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter the latest on how the COVID-19 outbreak impacted WWE’s taping schedule. 

WWE was originally set two tape two more episodes of NXT (July 15 and 22) yesterday, but that was pushed back to another set of tapings. Raw and Main Event for July 6 and 13 will be taped today.

It was much safer to keep the Raw brand tapings on one night and SmackDown on another, because doing both on the same night and different weeks on different days caused the outbreak to hit both brands.

The news last week led to WWE having everyone wear masks. At the July 1 taping, the crowd was moved and there were far less shots of that, and the crowd was also darkened. There were shots of wrestlers without masks, however.

The Street Profits, Austin Theory, Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Randy Orton, Natalya, Nia Jax, Otis, Tucker, Mojo Rawley, Shorty G, Raquel Gonzalez, Rey Mysterio, Dominick, and Sonya Deville didn’t work last week’s or this week’s episodes. 

It’s believed that some of these names tested positive and at least one was pulled as a precaution. 

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