A popular WWE star has said he thinks he would be comfortable with fans returning to shows, but would “assess the situation” to make sure it was safe.
Kevin Owens has been vocal about safety during the COVID-19 pandemic both publicly and privately. For a while he didn’t travel to shows, and when he did it’s said that a conversation between him and Vince McMahon is what led to McMahon implementing a mandatory mask-wearing policy.
Speaking with Bleacher Report about the possibility of fans returning, Owens said:
“I think I would be comfortable [touring in front of fans again] because I’ve been very vocal and very honest with WWE management as far as the virus goes and the measures we’re taking to try and keep it safe and stuff like that. When I wasn’t comfortable with the way things were, I voiced my concerns and they took it seriously and immediately tried to remedy the situation to make sure everyone felt comfortable, including myself. I feel good about how they try to handle everything.
“If I didn’t feel we were safe, I wouldn’t be on these shows. You just wouldn’t see me. If the choice is made to start traveling and start allowing fans in, I’m going to assess the situation and talk to anybody I need to talk to if I don’t feel comfortable, but right now, I see the way they handle things in the ThunderDome and I’m happy to go there every Raw, SmackDown, whatever it is and do my work. I would think they would take the topic of going back on the road or allowing fans back in just as seriously, and if they do, then I’ll be there to perform.”
Owens spoke in the same interview about his interesting relationship with Vince McMahon, which you can read at this link.
The immediate future of Kevin Owens remains unclear as of this writing, having been in a program with Aleister Black on Raw but also losing to The Fiend on last night’s SmackDown. He’s in the pool for night two of the WWE Draft on Monday – and he’ll be facing Black in a no disqualfications match during the show.