UPDATE: Since this article was written, news came out that several people in WWE, including in-ring talent, have tested postive for COVID-19 – you can read more on that at this link.
After tapings last Monday (June 15), news got out that a developmental talent who had last been at the PC a few days earlier had tested positive for coronavirus. This led to the following day’s tapings being cancelled and instead moved to Wednesday.
Owens opted not to travel to the Wednesday tapings in favour of staying at home with his family. Speaking on WWE’s The Bump, he explained his reasoning and how WWE reacted, saying:
“Due to the circumstances that happened last week with the positive coronavirus test, I just thought it was wiser for me to stay with my family. I told the people in charge my decision, and they were like, ‘Yeah, ok.’ I think they know that once I make my mind up on something, that’s the way it’s going to be. They were respectful of my decision. I’m glad I did it because I think this was the best decision for me to do for my family.”
Dave Meltzer reported that Kevin Owens will likely be back for the June 29 tapings this coming Monday, so if he’s used on Monday’s Raw he’ll only have missed on week.
Other top stars, namely Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn, have stayed at home and not travelled to tapings pretty much since the start of the pandemic.
Quote: Wrestling Inc