WWE Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19; Company Issues Private & Public Statements

WWE |By ewrestling |Sun, April 12, 2020 - 3:07AM EDT


WWE issued the following press release announcing that an employee of the company, who is not a talent, has tested positive for COVID-19. WWE states that the employee was exposed after the tapings at the Performance Center on March 26th, which included WrestleMania 36, and has since had no contact with anyone who works for the company.

Pro Wrestling Sheet later confirmed that the employee went to dinner with friends who work in the healthcare industry shortly after the tapings ended, then began feeling symptoms a couple days after that. Check out the statement below.

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.

The company also sent out the following internal memo to its talent and employees on the matter. It was signed by Paul "HHH" Levesque. Sources note that this employee was at the WrestleMania 36 taping which occurred on March 25 and 26, but has not been at the Performance Center since.

We have just been notified that (name redacted) was diagnosed with COVID-19. WWE doctors spoke with (redacted) this morning and reported (they) last had contact with anyone at WWE on March 26 at the Performance Center. As you know, (redacted) is not an in-ring performer and we believe this matter is low-risk to you per the following chronology:

The next paragraph contained information about the activities of (redacted) that led to the positive test, but WWE summarized this in their official statement that was released earlier today.

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."

It should be noted that the person who tested positive for COVID-19 gave WWE the okay to mention his/her name in the memo that was sent out within the company.