Joey Janela explains his stance on GCW’s COVID-19 protocols.
2020 provided a whole new set of challenges for independent wrestling. The global coronavirus pandemic not only forced a lot of bookings to be scrapped but many promoters and promotions had to think outside the box when it comes to presentation due to social distancing guidelines and safety protocols.
Recently, Game Changer Wrestling ran The Collective. The Collective was a set of 12 independent wrestling shows that took place over the course of one weekend and Indianapolis, Indiana. Joey Janela, an AEW star and self-professed Game Changer Wrestling locker room leader, recently took to Twitter to explain his stance on the GCW COVID-19 protocols following a few wrestlers who worked the events testing positive for the virus.
Joey explained that every one of his matches on the independent scene has had tested opponents and referees and this was stated in guidelines from “his employer” and he says he will make sure going forward that everyone has tested negative before wrestling on a GCW event.
Most people think I have something to do with running of the company and that’s not the case, but I do see myself as a Locker room leader and a pillar of the company and am in constant communication with @Lauderdale11 & will make sure we continue to run & Learn from the mistakes https://t.co/59008qrnAM— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) October 17, 2020
The locker room was the size of a fucking football field and everyone distanced and wore masks in there too...— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) October 17, 2020
Joey would also emphasize that 85% of those who wrestled on The Collective have gotten the results back and are healthy.
Also 85% of the wrestlers who wrestled at Collective have gotten their results back and are ok, I’m sure the rest of the ones waiting will receive theirs this morning or afternoon.— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) October 17, 2020
GCW promoter Brett Lauderdale recently spoke to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp about the positive COVID tests and what they will be implimenting going forward following the learning experience of The Collective. Learn more at this link.