WWE made a surprising decision to go through with their weekly programming even after the globe was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with USA being the worst-hit country out of the lot.
After several months of taping without audiences and staying away from the virus, the deadly disease made its way into the WWE locker-room, and if reports are to believed, the company has zones of stars who have tested positive for the virus.
Bryan Alvarez noted on Wrestling Observer Live (h/t WrestlingNews.co) that Vince McMahon’s mentality regarding the novel virus isn’t the most promising. According to Alvarez’s sources in WWE, McMahon isn’t taking the threat seriously, like several other citizens in the United States.
“Vince McMahon has never said anything publicly about what he thinks about the coronavirus. He’s never said anything publicly … I have heard from multiple sources that Vince does not think that this is all that bad. I hesitate to even say that. I’m not sitting here saying that he outright thinks its a hoax or whatever.”
McMahon is said to believe that the disease is a ‘bad flu’ at best, similar to how several other individuals in the USA believe.
“There’s a lot of people in this country that still believe, at worst, it’s a bad flu. The impression that I have been given from people within the company is that’s Vince’s mindset.”
The outbreak at WWE Performance Center sent out shockwaves, with several names like Renee Young, Adam Pearce and Jamie Noble testing positive for the same.
WWE has changed the schedule for the tapings, but with Florida emerging as the new hotspot, a cancellation for these tapings could be on the cards.