That’s not good. The Coronavirus has changed the way a lot of things work in the wrestling world and that is going to be the case for a long time to come. There are only so many ways to avoid an outbreak from taking place and a wrestling locker room is one of the harder places to police. That was the case again earlier in September and now we know a bit more about it.
Earlier this week, reports came out of a Coronavirus outbreak in NXT, including at the Performance Center. This changed a lot about what NXT was doing at the moment and the question became how bad things were. It was not clear what it was going to mean for NXT but now that a few days have passed, we know a little bit more about the outbreak and what it has changed.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, the outbreak began at the September 9 NXT tapings. While it is currently unknown how many wrestlers have been infected, it is less than the previous outbreak which had thirty eight cases. As a result, at least one future match, Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch vs. Undisputed Era, has been postponed. According to Fightful.com, the outbreak began when a Performance Center coach contracted the virus and spread it throughout the makeshift Performance Center where talent is training. There is no word on who the coach was or who is sick.
The show had to go on. Check out how last night’s NXT looked:
Opinion: As unfortunate as it is, this is one of those things that is going to happen given the way the virus works. You cannot have this many people together in one place and expect everyone to be safe. What matters most is everyone being healthy and getting better though, and hopefully that is going to be the case. Waiting a few weeks for a full roster for a television show is a lot less important than the wrestlers’ health so hopefully everything winds up working out.
What does this mean for NXT? What changes could be made to Takeover? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!