Steve Cutler was released by WWE this week and several rumors have sprung up claiming that it was due to him having tested positive for COVID-19 in January.
Fightful was one of the first to report that Cutler’s release was due to having tested positive and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter later confirmed and elaborated on that report.
Dave Meltzer said that Cutler’s release was ultimately a “disciplinary action” and prompted by the fact that Vince McMahon was “furious” with Cutler.
Cutler reportedly attended a New Year’s party that was attended by several other wrestlers and WWE talent. It was shortly after that, he reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Cutler’s girlfriend, Impact Wrestling star Deonna Purrazzo tweeted shortly after Cutler’s release, and positive test were confirmed.
Purrazzo said that both she and Cutler tested positive for COVID at the start of January. She added that they had no symptoms but took precautions anyway.
Cutler’s attendance at the party and his positive test reportedly infuriated McMahon as he had “promised” other wrestlers that WWE was creating a safe environment for them to work in.
Purrazzo took to Twitter again to dismiss the idea that she or Cutler had created an unsafe environment for their co-workers.
“We attended a NYE party, like dozens of other people,” confirmed Purrazzo.
She then stated that Cutler’s positive test happened before a SmackDown taping and he went home and started his quarantine immediately afterward.
“He was NOT at work while being positive,” she asserted.