With the global pandemic altering life as we knew it, sports leagues are adapting with testing…but we have a WWE coronavirus testing shock new item. Also, following an April purge, we’ve heard of more belt tightening within WWE.
WWE Coronavirus Testing Shock
In the last few weeks, as some sports leagues are trying to see what it would take to re-start, testing for coronavirus is a big item. WWE never shut down, so they are doing a lot of testing too, right?
Not so much.
Latest on coronavirus testing procedures at recent WWE TV tapings https://t.co/3BuqzrrGfT
— WrestlingNews.co – WWE/AEW News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 30, 2020
Specifically, they have not been testing Superstars and staffers for coronavirus. At all.
WWE Staffers ‘Shocked’ Company Has Yet To Administer Actual Coronavirus Tests https://t.co/QJ3ySZr2xj
— EVERYTHING WRESTLING 2 (@EYEOFWRESTLING1) May 31, 2020
The lack of testing is shocking to WWE insiders. For that matter, the lack of testing is stunning to outsiders as well.
Considering that the company barely skipped a beat, not doing any compulsory testing is quite unexpected.
With this latest revelation, it becomes much easier to understand why some talent has opted to stay away while things are unsettled.
Additional Staffer Cuts
Shortly after WrestleMania, it was reported that WWE released a substantial number of staff. Some big names were show the door at the time.
Names like Kurt Angle, Gallows and Anderson were among those purged. In addition to those cuts, WWE also began to grant releases by some who had been requesting theirs-such as The Revival.
Of course…as we’ve seen, not all cuts have been complete. They may not all even be permanent.
— King Macon (@_acedizzyflow) May 30, 2020
These cuts came down and were framed as an effort by WWE to save money during a time when finances may have been getting tough. Then, reports emerged that WWE would have likely still turned a profit even without those cuts (making many wonder why they bothered).
So, with those cuts, the company is done, right?
Per the Wrestling Observer, WWE has done more financial belt tightening. The latest word is that the cuts have reached beyond Superstars.
We know that executives had salaries cut. Now, it’s referees and producers seeing a bit less in their paychecks.
From what we’ve learned, the cuts in pay may be in the twenty percent range, across the board.
— Elisa (@TrulyTG) May 31, 2020
While those cuts are likely a bitter pill to swallow, many companies are employing a similar tactic during these times. Cuts do, in theory, beat the alternative of a complete loss of income.