WWE forced to CANCEL SmackDown tapings after wrestler tests positive for coronavirus putting schedule in chaos – The Sun

WWE recordings were thrown into doubt this week after a wrestler tested positive for coronavirus.

Wednesday's taping of SmackDown at the franchise's Florida base was reportedly cancelled while stars nervously awaited test results.

Every staff member and performer was checked for the virus at WWE's Performance Center after the case emerged at the start of the week.

Dr. Jeffrey Dugas, the WWE's associate medical director, said after the positive result: "A developmental talent, who was last on site at WWE's training facility on Tuesday, June 9, has tested positive for Covid-19.

"Since that time, no other individuals that attended the facility have reported symptoms."

Tension was high as stars were left waiting outside the building as SmackDown recording was due to begin, according to PWInsider.

And it is now thought that next week's episode will be recorded on Friday, June 26 – mere hours before it is due to air.

Sportskeeda have confirmed that the taping of this week's show has already taken place and no episodes have been cancelled as of yet.

Likewise, it is not known if the recordings of RAW and Main Event planned for later in the week were affected.

Development talent, as well as star's friends and family, have been brought in to bolster the audience amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been reported that they have all been tested as well, and are still expected to be invited into shows in the future.

Tapings are continuing behind closed doors despite the pandemic after Florida state officials deemed the shows to be "essential business".

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