July 26, 2020 | News | No Comments
WWE has responded to reports that fans were allowed to attend last night during Monday’s television taping, but were discouraged from wearing masks.
The company issued the following response:
Fans have not been in attendance at WWE events since March 13. Yesterday, a select number of friends and family were permitted to attend WWE’s TV production.
These individuals were required to participate in medical screenings prior to entering the closed set at our training facility, and were kept apart from in-ring performers and production personnel. Attendance was below 20% capacity and social distancing guidelines were adhered to with at least six feet between parties, thus face masks were not required.
Despite WWE’s statement, there was a segment on Raw last night that had The Street Profits come out and do their entrance, entering the crowd and dancing with members of the audience.
Jon Alba of Spectrum Sports 360 in Florida also reported that those he spoke to who attended the tapings said they didn’t feel pressured to not wear masks.
“The fans I spoke to told me they never felt pressured by #WWE not to wear a mask for TV purposes or any other reason,” he wrote on Twitter. “They confirmed temperature checks, and signed waivers as well. One noted they were in a group that had masks on them, and chose not to wear when taping started.”
WWE postponed their tapings that were scheduled for today due to a developmental wrestler testing positive for COVID-19. Everyone participating in recent tapings is expected to be tested today, with taping planned to resume on Wednesday.
Both Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer reported last night that masks were not allowed at the television taping. They go into detail on the subject in the Wrestling Observer Radio clip below: