The COVID-19 pandemic took over the entire world last year and affected several industries all over the world. This included the pro wrestling business, which was severely affected by the pandemic. Several pro wrestlers tested positive for the virus and it resulted in numerous shows being cancelled as well.

Even AEW had its fair share of positive COVID-19 tests last year but with the availability of vaccines, the situation is under control for the most part. Many places have made vaccination mandatory, but it seems AEW isn’t one of them.

While speaking to PWTorch, AEW President Tony Khan was asked whether the company has made vaccination mandatory. Khan stated that vaccination is not mandatory in AEW but international touring will create an issue for those who are not vaccinated.

“I have got that most of the roster in AEW is vaccinated. For example, there have been some places we went where everybody had to be vaccinated and I think when the companies start doing international travel, we will see that for Canada and England, places like that, it will be very difficult for wrestlers to travel without it.


So, it certainly will present a challenge as we tour and I know California in the future is a place that has very strict mandates. Most of the roster is vaccinated and as we continue touring it’s something that I think may come up, so understand why for some people, especially with the return to international touring looming, why that would be an issue.”

AEW continued to test their talents all throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as they ran shows out of Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. We will have to wait and see if the entire roster will be vaccinated soon or not.

h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.

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