An on-screen WWE talent not on the in-ring roster has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement from WWE:
“A WWE employee has tested positive for COVID-19. We believe this matter is low risk to WWE talent and staff, as the individual and a roommate became symptomatic in the days following exposure to two people working in acute health care on the evening of March 26, after WWE’s TV production on a closed set was already complete. The employee had no contact with anyone from WWE since being exposed to those two individuals, is doing well, and made a complete recovery.”
Fightful first reported on Saturday that an employee had tested positive, referencing an internal WWE memo from last week discussing the positive test in which it lists the person’s name with their consent. From that memo: “Those of you who were potentially exposed would be cleared for travel by the evening of Thursday, April 9 at the latest, since the last possible exposure to any WWE talent personnel should have been at least 14 days prior.”
That was followed by Pro Wrestling Sheet getting the first confirmation from WWE. In their report, they said the person started feeling COVID-19 symptoms following going out to dinner with friends in the healthcare industry after the set of TV tapings that included WrestleMania. After a positive test, they went into quarantine and remain there, but are now cleared of the virus.
It’s unknown if the talent is an announcer, referee, or interviewer as they have not revealed themselves on social media or outside the memo.
WWE will resume a live taping schedule on Monday.