WWE Reportedly Resumes Raw, NXT Program Tapings After Positive COVID-19 Test

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2020

Equipment trailers are lined up at the entrance road to the WWE Performance Center Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.  Florida’s top emergency official last week amended Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order to include employees at the professional sports and media production with a national audience, if the location is closed to the public. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Taping for Raw and WWE NXT has resumed at the WWE Performance Center after a member of WWE's development roster tested positive for the coronavirus, according to ESPN's Andrew Feldman.

This week's and next week's shows for SmackDown and 205 Live will be recorded Wednesday, according to Ian Carey of SEScoops.

Dr. Jeffrey Dugas, WWE's associate medical director, issued a statement Monday confirming the test:

"A developmental talent, who was last on site at WWE's training facility on Tuesday, June 9, has tested positive for COVID-19. Since that time, no other individuals that attended the facility have reported symptoms. However, out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of the company's performers and staff, all talent, production crew and employees on site at the training and production facilities will be tested for COVID-19 immediately. Following the test results, WWE plans to proceed with its normal television production schedule."

During the pandemic, WWE has taken its on-screen talent off the road and taped nearly all of its shows at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

WWE confirmed its first positive test in April.

Chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon told Variety's Joe Otterson in March the company was taking steps to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus at the Performance Center:

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"At a typical event, talent are milling about, they're at catering or wherever when they're not actually in part of the show. That's not allowed now. There's extensive testing and screening when you first come in the facility regardless of whether you're a talent, a crew member, or anyone else. Working with our doctors, you have your temperature taken. If you have a temperature over 100.4 degrees, you are automatically asked to leave."

More recently, some raised concerns after Figure Four Online's Bryan Alvarez reported WWE "would not allow anyone in the crowd at the Raw taping Monday to wear masks."

Alvarez shared a statement from the company refuting the report:

Regarding the testing Dugas referenced Monday, Feldman reported those who attended Wednesday's tapings had been medically cleared. He didn't receive confirmation from WWE as to any additional changes it might make to its coronavirus protocol.

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