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Backstage Update On The Recent NXT COVID-19 Outbreak, Concern Backstage

UPDATE: According to a report from Pwinsider, all training at the temporary WWE Performance Center has been “paused” due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. According to reports, the outbreak started after an NXT talent threw a party that was attended by fellow trainees and it spread from there. Multiple sources report that both trainees and staff have tested positive.

A WWE spokesperson issued the following statement:

“As part of ongoing testing protocols, WWE completed its second round of weekly COVID-19 testing on Tuesday. Individuals that tested positive will quarantine for 14 days, receive medical care, and then will only be cleared when they are symptom-free and test negative. Additionally, extensive contact tracing has taken place and other individuals have been placed in 14-day quarantine, and will then only be cleared after they test negative.”

WWE taped several NXT broadcasts last night. So they’ve got the show for next week already taped. The next scheduled event is NXT Takeover on October 4th. Of course, that is only ten days away. Talents working at the Performance Center or the WWE NXT tapings will not be allowed to work main roster tapings in order to prevent further spread. With that being said, there is some concern that NXT trainees were working as masked members of RETRIBUTION at RAW on Monday. That means some of them may have spread the virus to the main roster if they have it and just don’t know it yet.

ORIGINAL: As we previously reported here on eWn (see link below), we have some further details surrounding what plans and/or matches were changed for NXT after several wrestlers tested positive for COVID-19.

Check Out: Latest On COVID-19 Outbreak In WWE NXT

According to Fightful, the spread of COVID-19 in NXT happened due to an incident at the WWE Performance Center a couple weeks ago. The general belief is that one of the coaches at the PC got COVID-19 and was the source of the spread. Developmental trainees had been spending four days a week at a makeshift Performance Center training facility, with tests at least weekly. The talent are tested before any show that they are set to appear on. The original Performance Center is currently undergoing renovation and being completely sanitized.

WWE also implemented changes at yesterday’s NXT tapings. A large number of wrestlers were kept off the taping. Several extras that were meant to be in the crowd were either sent home or worked the battle royal.

The crowd was “limited” for last night’s episode due to this most recent outbreak.


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