WWE Performer Says Company Doesn't Want Talent Speaking About Positive COVID Cases
An anonymous individual offers a look behind the scenes...
Renee Young, Jamie Noble, and Kayla Braxton are among those within WWE that have admitted to recently testing positive for the coronavirus.
As Florida (the home state of WWE and AEW's tapings) deals with a frightening surge in new cases, and reports indicate that the number of infected WWE personnel might number beyond two dozen, there's apparently an effort being made by the company to stifle the news of more positive cases.
An anonymous WWE talent e-mailed Wrestling Inc to claim that WWE is forbidding its performers from publicly revealing that they've tested positive for the virus.
Highlights from the e-mail include:
"We’ve been informed by talent relations not to discuss our illness with anyone besides those we may live with that may need to know. We are FORBIDDEN to tell anyone else nor can we come out publicly to make any statements. It was stressed that WWE will take care of any medical treatments, should we need them. In the same breath it was made clear the company would handle the PR and only those that needed to know about our condition would know as HIPPA laws would prevent them from making our names public."
"While I appreciate WWE’s assistance helping those of us during these unprecedented times, WWE put us in this position in the first place! They continue to tape multiple shows a day that averaging 10 to 12 hours plus for at least 2 sometimes 3 days in a row."
"Most people were not tested until last week, as we were told they didn’t believe the validity of some of the testing being done. They figured they would have their own so called testing, which included temperature checks and a medical evaluation form. But no testing for COVID19. Look at where it got them now!"
"And YES it was true that Kevin Dunn did not allow fans to wear masks and made a scene twice over the PA to not wear masks. It’s a shame these people came out to support the talent and company they love and were treated this way."
"I would like to give you some information on our medical screening process as most have been calling it a questionnaire. One of the questions asked is, Have we done anything that would put ourselves at risk for contracting COVID19? That includes being around large gatherings of people and not wearing masks where it’s suggested that we do so. Some have attended packed beaches, parties and recently opened amusement parks here in Florida! They know better than to post pictures on their social media accounts as they shouldn’t be attending those locations in the first place! They’ll talk about where they’ve gone, but wont mention it when it comes time to be screened."