WWE Defends Decision To Return To Live Television Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Late in the evening on Friday, April 10th, 2020, it was reported that WWE would resume live television from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, beginning with the April 13th episode of Monday Night Raw.

In a statement made to ESPN, WWE defended its decision to resume live filming, saying right now more than ever, there is a desire for a diversion from the uncertainties of reality. WWE has made it their motto to say that they put smiles on faces and that is what they feel they will continue to do with this move.

"We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times," the statement said. "We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination, and perseverance."

As first reported by Fightful Select, a "very aggressive" Vince McMahon made the decision, and many on the talent roster are unhappy about it.

On Saturday, April 11th, it was confirmed to Fightful that one of WWE’s employees had tested positive for COVID-19. It is said that this is not an in-ring competitor and WWE felt as though this was a very low-risk scenario.

Fightful will continue to report any and all updates to the situation as it unfolds.

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