WWE has a ton of television tapings slated to start on Thursday. They will reportedly tape three weeks worth of each brand’s show. The Association Of Ringside Physicians would like them to reconsider.
Coming off the heels of WWE’s plans and UFC’s announcement that they will also continue with closed-set events, The Association Of Ringside Physicians sent out a public address. They strongly urged all combat sports to cease production until the novel coronavirus threat has leveled off. Combat sports includes professional wrestling.
The Association of Ringside Physicians has been actively following the recommendations of the CDC as well as other professional medical societies concerned with the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.
Sporting events across the world have been cancelled in response to the increased risk of infection and transmission by participants, fans, officials, and support staff.
It is our recommendation that all combat sporting events be postponed until further notice. This includes any and all events, regardless of the number of people involved. Any combat sport taking place during this global pandemic places the athletes, officials, and anyone else involved in the event under unnecessary risk of infection and transmission of Covid-19. In addition, combat sports athletes often require medical attention after a bout, and we do not wish to see any additional strain on an already overwhelmed medical system.
We continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation, and our thoughts continue to be with those who have been and will be affected by this disease.
Our organization remains steadfast in our mission: to serve, protect, and educate all involved in combative sports.
This is not an official mandate. It is a recommendation from a group of highly respected and knowledgeable health care professionals who have extensive knowledge in this area.
AEW worked hard last week to film a ton of programming at QT Marshall’s gym in Norcross, Georgia. All Elite Wrestling is in the clear until May, but we’re still waiting to find out Double Or Nothing’s status on May 23rd.