Report: More Details On The COVID-19 Outbreak Within WWE NXT

The outbreak also affected the main roster...

WWE had their third coronavirus outbreak a couple of weeks ago, according to Fightful Select and Jon Alba of Spectrum Sports 360

This reportedly led to the company being "conservative" with some of the taped episodes and several classes at the Performance Cente were cancelled. The belief is that the outbreak originated from a coach at the PC and the virus had the conditions to spread quickly as some at the WWE facility have become more relaxed about ensuring they have their face mask on.  

Dave Meltzer provided more details about the outbreak on Wrestling Observer Radio. He noted the number of positive tests was "pretty big" but was less than the number of cases during the outbreak in June. The outbreak also spread beyond NXT as some main roster talent have tested positive for COVID-19.

The positive cases resulted in much of last night's NXT being redone. One of the matches, in particular, that was affected was Raul Mendoza & Fabian Aichner vs. Roderick Strong & Danny Burch. The Master Of The Backbreaker and The Enforcer emerged victorious from the bout, but Meltzer noted the commentators were deliberately vague about when The Undisputed ERA will face off against Burch and Oney Lorcan because one of the members in the future match was diagnosed with coronavirus. 

Meltzer said: "In NXT, it's a pretty big number. It's not 38 like the last time but it is not a small number either and you could watch the show and see who's not there and draw your own conclusions."

He later added: "There are people on the main roster who got it from this outbreak, a few. That may impact TV this coming week. It definitely impacted the thing today. One of the things, they did that tag match… The deal is is that it was supposed to set up Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, right… They can't do it next week but they might be able to do it in two weeks. They think they can do it in two weeks. So, that's probably when it's gonna happen but we don't know. That's why they left the whole thing so open-ended."

"It's a mess. They had to redo the whole television show or much of the television show they had to redo."


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