Backstage Concern In AEW Over Recent COVID-19 Outbreak

There is some concern in All Elite Wrestling over the COVID-19 outbreak that is currently impacting the promotion.

Lance Archer revealed he tested positive for the virus after contracting it at home. He was removed from this week’s Dynamite as a result.

It was later reported there are multiple individuals who worked the AEW TV tapings earlier this month who have since tested positive for the virus, including talent who worked AEW Dark. Ben Carter confirmed he also tested positive.

While the identities of those who test positive for the virus are not made public due to health privacy laws, fans have speculated online who may have been held off over concerns for the virus. reached out to sources within the promotion who state there is more concern for high risk individuals currently working for AEW. Individuals over the age of 60 or those with preexisting conditions are more susceptible to suffer serious illness related to COVID-19.

AEW announcers Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross are both over the age of 60, as are legends Tully Blanchard and Jake Roberts. All have been regulars on AEW television, with Roberts being the manager of Archer.

AEW has been praised for their extensive COVID-19 protocols but some fans have advocated that no one 60 or older should be working during the pandemic.

WWE faced similar criticism when Ric Flair, 71, was actively working for the company during the pandemic. As it turned out, he ended up being removed from TV when his wife Wendy Barlow contracted COVID-19.

Both promotions continue to mass test, isolate infected individuals and take steps to mitigate the virus as much as possible.


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