The Collective was a great series of indie wrestling shows in Indiana last weekend, but some wrestlers turned up with positive COVID-19 tests since then. Joey Janela wanted to address this issue and he took on the subject with a series of tweets.

Janela made it very clear that everyone at his shows must pass a COVID-19 test prior to being allowed to work the event. He also follows all guidelines placed before him by his employer.

He also said that he is not in charge of GCW, but he considers himself “as a Locker room leader and a pillar of the company.” Joey Janela then stated that he spoke with fans who did not feel uncomfortable about The Collective event.

Let’s get this straight Everyone of my indie opponents & referees have been tested stated in guidelines from my employer since the beginning of summer, & I’ve made sure of that, going forward I will make sure EVERYONE is tested negative before wrestling on GCW show. No excuses!

Most people think I have something to do with running of the company and that’s not the case, but I do see myself as a Locker room leader and a pillar of the company and am in constant communication with @Lauderdale11 & will make sure we continue to run & Learn from the mistakes

I can’t talk for you all but most fans I’ve talked to felt safe during the collective. I sat in the stands for about 5 shows and I felt safe, I saw @stepstoolsarahx and @KaiaMcK constantly yelling at drunk fucks to apply their masks properly

The locker room was the size of a f*cking football field and everyone distanced and wore masks in there too…

He followed that series of tweets up with one saying: “Also 85% of the wrestlers who wrestled at Collective have gotten their results back and are ok, I’m sure the rest of the ones waiting will receive theirs this morning or afternoon.”

Hopefully, no more positive COVID-19 tests come up from people who attended The Collective. They were as safe as possible, but there is always room for unexpected events when you’re dealing with a pandemic.

Felix Upton

Felix Upton has been writing professionally since 1989. His first writing job was penning advertisements for local newspapers around New York. After selling his grandfather’s pinball repair shop back in 2017, he was hired on for publish news for Ringside News.

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