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.