WWE recently had some serious issues with the ongoing spread of the pandemic COVID-19 virus. A positive test even changed the main event for the Day 1 premium live event. Roman Reigns was held out after being diagnosed as COVID positive. Brock Lesnar was placed in the WWE Championship match and won the title. There was a period of pure chaos within the company.
Seth Rollins missed some time while recovering from the virus. A major outbreak left staff scrambling to fill house show and television cards. Every industry has been feeling some effects from the pandemic.
As the old guard of WWE continues to take over the NXT brand, prevention is the order of the day. In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer pointed out an interesting note. John Laurinaitis is making it a point to encourage NXT wrestlers to get their vaccine.
“John Laurinaitis spoke to the NXT roster about the importance of getting vaccinated.”
WWE can ill-afford another outbreak like the one that swept the locker room in late 2021. It got so bad that WWE quietly stopped doing regular tests on asymptomatic talent. The National Football League has adopted a similar protocol.
NXT 2.0 is struggling to find its footing. The product is a drastic change from what fans have come to expect from the developmental show. John Laurinaitis is hoping a sick locker room doesn’t add to the complex process of building up the brand.
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