After WWE announced on Wednesday night they “will continue COVID-19 testing of its talent, production crew and employees in advance of TV productions for the foreseeable future,” as they are scheduled to tap in the coming days, some rumours started to run about multiple talents and employees being tested positive. If WWE didn’t unveil the number and the names of the people involved, some chose to talk about it.
Renee Young was the first to indicate on Twitter that she has the coronavirus. She also commented on the difficult week she’s had as her show on FS1, WWE Backstage, was cancelled. Her husband, AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, was pulled from this week’s Dynamite episode due to COVID-19 concerns. It was revealed earlier by AEW President Tony Khan that Moxley “had contact with someone who had contact with someone who has” the virus.
WWE Producer Adam Pearce, who turned 42 on Wednesday, noted on Twitter that he also has COVID-19. “COVID was NOT on my birthday list,” Pearce wrote. The former wrestler became a guest coach and trainer for WWE in 2013, before becoming a full-time trainer and producer for NXT the year after. He has since been promoted to the role of a producer on the main roster’s Monday Night RAW and Friday Night Smackdown on FOX.
WWE on-air talent Kayla Braxton later revealed on Twitter that she has the coronavirus for a second time. Braxton revealed that she first caught COVID-19 back in March, and now has it again. Braxton has regularly appeared on WWE TV, like the Strowman segment where she was covered with green painting, thanks to Miz and Morrison.
UPDATE – WWE Producer Jamie Noble announced today he has the coronavirus. He wrote on Instagram, “Not how we expect this month to go! Covid-19 has hit home. Prayers for me and my family will be greatly appreciated!”
We wish them a full and speedy recovery.
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