WWE: Kevin Owens was the one who pushed for stricter COVID-19 measures

WWE, Kevin Owens (Photo by Dennis Jerome Acosta/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WWE, Kevin Owens (Photo by Dennis Jerome Acosta/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) /

WWE fans, wrestlers, and employees can give Kevin Owens a hearty thank you for stepping up and saying something to Vince McMahon.

It’s hard to offer any kind words to WWE for the way they have. handled the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. They released contractors and furloughed employees during the pandemic and have even tried pushing to have live fans in attendance soon in a state where COVID cases continue to skyrocket daily.

Recently, WWE have tried to take steps to minimize the damage, enforcing stricter physical distancing rules, as well as fining people in the building who are not wearing masks.

On the Les anti-pods de la lutte, Pat Laprade reported that Kevin Owens was the one who raised concerns directly to Vince McMahon about the poorly-enforced – or non-existent – measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. WWE’s workplace at the Performance Center was incredibly unsafe, and it led to upwards of 30 people testing positive for COVID-19.

Update: Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue says he was the first to report this information. 

Per Laprade, Owens told McMahon that he wasn’t comfortable with how talent weren’t distancing themselves or wearing masks, noting that people would only start to take things seriously if the boss of the whole company did something about it.

The grandfather of Owens’ wife passed away from COVID-19, and Owens has publicly urged fans to take the pandemic seriously, using his platform to potentially save lives and counteract a lot of the insidious misinformation out there about the virus.

It’s also great to hear that Kevin Owens stepped up to make the Performance Center safer for the wrestlers currently working there, as not everyone is in a position where they can take a pause from working, even if they want to. Some wrestlers have stepped away from the tapings due to safety concerns, most prominently Roman Reigns, but not everyone can do that.

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WWE still has work to do, but at least they are finally getting some of the basics right, such as physical distancing and masks.