Drew McIntyre has tested positive for COVID-19.
Drew McIntyre has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be placed in quarantine until a negative test can be administered WWE announced in a press release published today. The announcement comes just a few hours before McIntyre was scheduled to appear on WWE’s flagship program Monday Night RAW. McIntyre has been removed from the card for Monday’s show.
The announcement comes just seven days after McIntyre appeared on the Legends edition of RAW which featured several former champions and superstars from the ’80s and 90’s era of WWE. All of which appeared without masks and social distancing and fall inside the CDC’s range of high-risk individuals for COVID-19.
It also follows the return of WCW legend Goldberg to the promotion. He returned to challenge McIntyre to a match for his WWE title at the Royal Rumble pay per view which will be held on January 31, 2021. From the ThunderDome, a state of the art arena that WWE has been running all shows from since May of last year.
What does this mean for WWE?
The announcement of the diagnosis is the latest in a long run of bad luck for the promotion, who caught massive backlash at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when they released several members of their talent roster as a cost-saving measure.
The company has also faced considerable backlash due to its unwillingness to have performers wear masks on their programming and their attempts to be listed as an essential service and therefore not have to shut down production at any time.
At press time, there have been no further announcements made by the company in regards to contact tracing or any additional performers who may have been exposed to the virus.
We will update the story as any additional information is made available.