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    Re: Coronavirus and Wrestling

    Seth Rollins recently did an interview with the New York Post where he discussed a wide range of topics. Here are some of the highlights:


    How has Becky been just kind of staying home and not being around the business for the first time in a long time?


    “Oh, she hates it. She doesn’t hate not being around the business. Obviously, any kind of entertainment industry is gonna stress you out, so she doesn’t miss that part of it. She missed the go, go, go. She missed having goals in mind. She missed having something to work toward. And it’s hard because I’ve never been a pregnant person, so she’s in a position too where she’s had to just walk away and stop abruptly, her job. It wasn’t like most other women who are pregnant are able to still work their jobs while they’re pregnant and slowly transition out for a short period of time. The nature of our industry, she can’t do that.


    For her to go just a million miles an hour to nothing and then to try to figure out, ‘What do I do now?’ in the middle of a pandemic as well, where there is just not a lot to do in general, is definitely a test for her. But she misses being out there and going and doing stuff and being active and having goals and career-oriented stuff. That’s just how she defined her person over the years. It’s definitely a challenge for her. She’s awesome and she’s getting through it, but it’s different for her for sure.”


    Q: Do you expect we’ll see her back in a ring at some point down the line?


    “Oh yea, I expect so. Obviously that’s gonna be up to her and how she feels. Who knows what happens after childbirth once she becomes a mother, I don’t know. I believe she has aspirations to return. I think she would rather go out on her own terms whenever that time may be as opposed to stepping away for a child. I think she has aspirations to return, but I don’t know. Things can change between now and December.”


    Q: What has the last week-plus been like, hearing people in the company have tested positive for coronavirus and having the new testing policy complicate how filming has been going?


    “It’s been a struggle in the sense that there have just been a lot of decisions that have to be made quickly as far as travel is concerned because now that we’re doing added testing and those swabs every single time before these tapings, that puts you in a little bit of a hole as far as your travel is concerned because now you are going to have to leave a day early, and when you don’t know you have to leave a day early until it all comes up it becomes a bit of a hassle. We had to make some changes to the taping schedule last week, which is going to force us to go back down again this week to do some more tapings.


    As we as a country and the world really just start to learn more about this thing, we are just trying to get a protocol in place that makes sense for everybody in WWE. I’m for one extremely happy that we’re testing every time before we go in. That will hopefully minimize the risk of people getting sick in the Performance Center and obviously us passing it out into the general population. The fact that we’re testing is definitely great.


    The extra travel days is what it is, not a big deal. But this week was crazy. It was a lot of people scrambling to make decisions and to try to figure out what the best order of operations is regarding this situation since we had not had this problem yet. Luckily, I think we have some good stuff coming up as far as we’re gonna handle this. The communication has been a lot better toward the tail end of this than in the beginning. It was (laughs) tricky at first, but we’re all along for the ride.”

    Seth discusses the Coronavirus pandemic and current TV tapings. 👆




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    Re: Coronavirus and Wrestling

    Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter the latest on how the COVID-19 outbreak impacted WWE’s taping schedule.


    WWE was originally set two tape two more episodes of NXT (July 15 and 22) yesterday, but that was pushed back to another set of tapings. Raw and Main Event for July 6 and 13 will be taped today.


    It was much safer to keep the Raw brand tapings on one night and SmackDown on another, because doing both on the same night and different weeks on different days caused the outbreak to hit both brands.


    The news last week led to WWE having everyone wear masks. At the July 1 taping, the crowd was moved and there were far less shots of that, and the crowd was also darkened. There were shots of wrestlers without masks, however.


    The Street Profits, Austin Theory, Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Randy Orton, Natalya, Nia Jax, Otis, Tucker, Mojo Rawley, Shorty G, Raquel Gonzalez, Rey Mysterio, Dominick, and Sonya Deville didn’t work last week’s or this week’s episodes.


    It’s believed that some of these names tested positive and at least one was pulled as a precaution.
    Source - F4W Online. That's an interesting list of talent, all of whom won't necessarily have COVID but are taking time off as a precaution.




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    Re: Coronavirus and Wrestling

    With Brie heavily pregnant, I'd of thought that's the last we'll see of Daniel Bryan for a while with the situation the way it is in Florida and outbreaks inside WWE.

    Austin Theory I think has been taken off TV because he got caught up in #SpeakingOut too.

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    Re: Coronavirus and Wrestling

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    With Brie heavily pregnant, I'd of thought that's the last we'll see of Daniel Bryan for a while with the situation the way it is in Florida and outbreaks inside WWE.

    Austin Theory I think has been taken off TV because he got caught up in #SpeakingOut too.
    Yeah. I think the majority of in-ring talent are away due to personal reasons such as Owens. I heard Meltzer's radio show the other day where he connects the dots between "AJ and Bryan were in the ring with Renee.. And Mandy/Sonya were wrestling a match with Jamie Noble as their producer.. And Liv Morgan is friends with Mandy". Fuck know how he's aware of all this.. I doubt it's accurate because AJ's back on Smackdown tonight.




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