As noted, WWE will be fining wrestlers as part of their new mask policy going forward. This is the latest change made to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The first fine for not wearing a mask will be $500. A talent will then be fined $1,000 for a second offense of not wearing a mask.
It was later reported by Fightful that a WWE star “expressed his concerns about proper measures not being taken seriously enough, such as mask utilization and social distancing,” which led to the new policy being put in place.
Pat Laprade noted on Les anti-pods de la Lutte (via POST Wrestling) that Kevin Owens raised concerns about the lack of face masks being worn at the Performance Center on July 3. He went to Vince McMahon and told him he was uncomfortable with the lack of face masks being worn and the distance between stars.
McMahon asked Owens if creating a fine policy would work on talent. Owens agreed and brought up how he was once fined for swearing on television and after the fine, didn’t swear again.