WWE Canceled SmackDown Tapings Last Week After COVID Positives Were Found

WWE has been running their shows non-stop despite the threat of COVID-19 looming large, especially with the rising cases in the state of Florida. The Performance Center had a major outbreak last month when reportedly dozens of WWE employees ended up testing positive for the virus.

However, the company didn’t stop its operations but implemented several new policies to curb the outbreak.

It seems like these policies didn’t pay off greatly, as several positive cases were found at the Performance Center last week, according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter. This led to WWE canceling the taping of SmackDown episode which would have aired this week.

“They were supposed to tape two SmackDown episodes last week, and I’ve been told by 3 different sources that the second SmackDown taping got canceled at the last second because they had more positives. If people don’t show up and they are not on the show again this week, they might have gone to Epcot for a little vacation”

Several major names like Apollo Crews, Renee Young, etc. tested positive for the virus during the outbreak last month, which led to more superstars staying away from WWE TV. Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn haven’t appeared on WWE TV as a precaution since Wrestlemania.

WWE will be closing down its tapings from Performance Center really soon, as they are reportedly moving to the Amway Center in Orlando to host SummerSlam and other episodes in the coming weeks.

Fans wouldn’t be allowed for the shows, but WWE will surely have a much larger arena to work out of, for their upcoming episodes.