Take a step back. We are in a different world at the moment and there doesn’t seem to be much getting better anytime soon. With so much going on in relation to the Coronavirus, it remains unclear when things are going to get better. One of the biggest problems with running a wrestling promotion is allowing the wrestlers to be in the ring with each other, but what about what happens backstage?
The two word term that you have probably heard during this whole situation is social distancing. It’s a simple idea: people need to stay away from each other for the sake of not letting the Coronavirus spread from one person to another. That is a big reason why we have no fans in the arena for wrestling events, but there is a different world going on behind the scenes and it might not be the same.
According to SpectrumNews13 reporter Stephanie Coueignoux (Orlando, Florida), WWE employees have been seen not practicing social distancing near their television tapings at the WWE Performance Center. This comes less than a week after an anonymous WWE employee filed a complaint against WWE for not following safety recommendations and requested that the tapings be shut down. WWE responded to the previous complaint, saying all guidelines were being followed. There is no word on anything being done to change the tapings.
I just spoke w/owners of 2 businesses near one of @WWE Orlando filming facilities. One owner is very concerned- says he’s seen employees not practice social distancing. Other owner telling me everyone’s trying to make a living. He’s ok w/shows- as long as they don’t go near him. pic.twitter.com/ZsfDA2ddcn
— Stephanie Coueignoux (@StephanieCNews) April 21, 2020
That sounds unfair to me. Check out some other rule breaking in WWE:
Opinion: This is something that isn’t likely to matter all that much in the end, as yes some people can complain, but assuming this took place outside of the building, there isn’t much that can be done. Just standing somewhat close to each other is far from a crime and even if Florida stepped in, some states are starting to open back up and WWE will probably have a few different options available.
What will this mean for WWE? Where else do you see them going? Let us know in the comments below.
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