Since the start of the pandemic, WWE has operated out of multiple venues in Florida while still putting on weekly TV shows and monthly PPVs.
The state of Florida is allegedly investigating the company as a potential COVID hotspots, specifically the three venues where WWE hosts TV shows and PPVs.
WFTV-9 in Orlando obtained the list of businesses under investigation and the venues on the list include the Amway Center (WWE ThunderDome), Full Sail Live (WWE Full Sail Studios) and the WWE Performance Center.
Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino has instructed a business compliance team, also known as the Orange County Strike Team to visit businesses and conduct the investigation.
The investigations will be conducted by health officials, as well as compliance officers, who visit businesses without advance notice.
The Orange County Health Department is also looking to investigate several local bars, which the agency believes is the highest risk.
After news broke, WWE issued the following statement.
“WWE is not open to the public, but rather operating on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance.
As part of on-going weekly testing protocols, Aventus Labs have administered more than 10,000 PCR tests to WWE performers, employees, production staff and crew resulting in only 1.5 percent positive cases as compared to the current national average of more than 5%.
Additionally, extensive contact tracing takes place and impacted individuals are placed in 14-day quarantine and then only cleared after they test negative.”
All of this comes on the heels of WWE being awarded the PRNews CSR & Nonprofit Awards’ Corporation of the Year for 2020.
Stephanie McMahon made a post on Twitter, celebrating the win.
So proud of the @WWECommunity team & all their hard work to make @WWE the 2020 Corporation of the Year at this year’s @PRNews CSR & Nonprofit Awards! WWE's mission is to put smiles on faces & it could not be done without the hard work & passion of this incredible team! https://t.co/yePZaa5Odo
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) October 20, 2020
This tweet and award caught the attention – and ire – of current AEW and Bellator star Jake Hagar.
Hagar tweeted at McMahon.
“Lmao. I guess lying about over 37 million in quarterly profits, so you can fire over 300 people, during a worldwide pandemic is a category for an award?”
Hager also tagged former presidential candidate Andrew Yang in the tweet. Yang has been openly critical of WWE and their treatment of contracted workers.
— Jake Hager (@RealJakeHager) October 20, 2020
Hager is referring to WWE cutting talent and staff back in April and blaming it on the pandemic even while Vince McMahon just got richer during the crisis.
WWE revealed in its Q2 financial report a few weeks later and showed a net income that quarter of $43.8 million.
Yang replied to Hager’s tweet, stating, “time will change under new leadership.”
Time will change under new leadership. 👍🇺🇸
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) October 20, 2020
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