WWE issued a statement this afternoon after it was reported earlier this morning by Jon Alba of Spectrum Sports 360 that an unverified “WWE employee” by the name of “John” had submitted a public comment to the Orange County board in Florida where he/she said that the WWE was forcing them to work during the pandemic.
The comment from “John” stated, “My employer, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), is forcing me to work the TV tapings for its weekly shows despite the (stay at) home orders for coronavirus. I am unable to speak out as I need this job and I know I will be fired if I approach the higher-ups. Despite sanitary precautions, we can not maintain social distancing and have to touch other people. I request the government to shut down these tapings and enforce the stay-at-home order so my colleagues and I may follow social distancing rules without fear or repercussion of losing our jobs.”
The statement, which WWE issued to PWInsider.com reads, “These accusations aren’t true. Employees know they can confidentially go to Human Resources, not the public. Notwithstanding the appropriate protocol, no one would be fired if they were uncomfortable with their surroundings. We’ve made accommodations for individuals upon request.”
WWE’s statement checks out with multiple WWE stars who have stated publicly that the company does not force anyone to be there who does not want to be there.