The COVD-19 pandemic has caused a number of problems for WWE in recent weeks, including having to move WrestleMania to the Performance Center as well as pre-taping upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
In addition to this, it was revealed earlier this week that both Dana Brooke and Rey Mysterio have been quarantined while Carmella and Corey Graves look to also be stuck inside since Carmella hasn’t been added to the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania and Graves hasn’t been seen on WWE TV in a number of weeks.
It appears that these are not the only stars who have been affected either since Daniel Bryan recently announced on WWE’s The Bump that he was going into self-isolation for a week when he finally heads home because his wife Brie Bella is pregnant and he doesn’t want to risk her health.
“Everything is going well with all of us health-wise. The hard part is that because Brie’s pregnant and she’s more susceptible to all of this and I’ve been around other people and flying and all that kind of stuff, when I get home, which is not yet, I don’t get to go directly to Brie. I go into self-quarantine for a week just to make sure I’m okay, but those are the necessary steps we have to take right now just to keep this from spreading more.”
Wade Barrett left WWE back in 2016 and has since looked to move into the acting business. The former Intercontinental Champion was a guest on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling Podcast where he revealed his reaction to WWE’s attempt to sign him to a new contract four years ago.
“I left [the WWE] around April or May of 2016, I told them that my contract was coming up, and I told them that I wasn’t re-signing. They tried to make a couple of offers, and I told them ‘It doesn’t matter what you offer me, I need to leave. I f–king hate it here.’ I loved my job until, probably, the end of 2014, beginning of 2015. I did some exciting things and some not so exciting things…I thought if I kept improving my physique, and I got ripped, that’ll convince them. Maybe, I need a catchphrase. Maybe, I need a t-shirt that’ll be a big sell. Maybe, I need to do more with my in-ring skills. There was always something in my head like I can improve this and I can improve that.”
“By the time I got to 2015, I was sliding down the card. I was getting opportunities that I thought were kind of wasted. Like, I became the King of the Ring, which sounds like it should be impressive, but what it was followed up with was zero rises. It was like ‘What are we going to do with these guys today? Ah, just have them wrestle for three minutes, and have this guy [Stu] go over…’ Suddenly, after putting in all that effort, I had to climb up the card and get to where I wanted to be. It wasn’t rewarding, to say the least. It was a realization that it didn’t matter what I was doing there, I’m just waiting for one man to give me the thumbs up or thumbs down. I’m spending my whole career waiting and hoping that I get a thumbs up,” via WrestlingInc.