The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect pro wrestling in a big way. In AEW, plans had to be changed after world champion “Hangman” Adam Page was forced to miss this week’s Dynamite with COVID. WWE has had its share of struggles with the virus, as well.

Over the winter, there was a huge COVID outbreak in WWE. Roman Reigns had match with Brock Lesnar for the Day 1 premium live event scrapped. Several superstars missed time after testing positive. As the new year came, many fans thought the worst of it was over.

On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on wrestling. Meltzer noted that several WWE talents have missed time due to contracting the virus. WWE suspended weekly COVID testing around Christmas, so these cases must have been symptomatic.

“You know, there’s actually a few WWE people who were out due to COVID in the last couple of weeks. At least a couple.”


No specifics were given on which WWE superstars missed time with COVID. It was announced on WWE television that Rhea Ripley missed recent match due to medical issues. It is unknown who the other wrestlers were at this time since WWE doesn’t test anymore.

While we are out of the crisis phase of the COVID pandemic, the virus is still making people sick. That will affect every wrestling company, especially with the amount of travel involved. Hopefully, everyone who came down with COVID recovers as soon as possible.

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Transcription by Ringside News

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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