On April 15th, WWE fired hundreds of employees as part of their budget cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to that, the company even left an open invitation for their employees to stay home if showing up to work during the pandemic makes them feel uncomfortable. Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn accepted that offer only to get buried shortly afterward.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, “several people” in WWE aren’t comfortable about working during this pandemic but they haven’t got any alternate option either – they’re afraid of endangering their employment by refusing to show up to work.
“I know of several people in the company who are not comfortable at all about working right now but were not about to take WWE up on the offer for job security.”
A few weeks ago, an anonymous letter was sent to Orange County Florida officials pleading them to stop WWE tapings immediately. The anonymous individual named “John” claimed that WWE was making employees ignore the rules of social distancing and forcing them to show up to work. The billion-dollar promotion outright denied those claims and instead asked their employees to approach the HR Department for assistance.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Vince McMahon doesn’t really see the coronavirus as the deadly pandemic it is. Instead, the 74-year-old billionaire views the pandemic as an external “annoyance” getting in the way of his plans.
“As it was explained to me Vince McMahon is not receptive to the outside world. He finds what is going on in the outside world as an annoyance because it is getting in the way of his vision, you know? He’s got a vision and all these people are freaking getting in the way of what he wants to do by not letting him run whatever.”
WWE has been churning out a weekly dose of entertainment for fans watching at home during these difficult and unprecedented times. The company still hasn’t missed a week yet.