WWE: Updated Taping Schedule, Jamie Noble Tests Positive for COVID-19, Adam Pearce, Tyson Kidd

WWE’s Current TV Tapings Schedule for Next Week

WWE reportedly is currently planning to hold three straight days of television tapings at the Performance Center next week, according to Post Wrestling.

John Pollock reported that these new tapings will replace this weekend’s originally scheduled tapings that were postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation within the company. Pollock also reported that NXT was originally planned to tape several weeks worth of episodes on Wednesday and Thursday but will no longer be doing so due to the recent schedule changes.

WWE’s updated television tapings schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 1st – Two episodes of NXT for July 1st and July 8th, which are the Great American Bash themed episodes.
  • Thursday, July 2nd – Two episodes of SmackDown for July 3rd and July 10th and tapings for 205 Live.
  • Friday, July 3rd – Two episodes of RAW for July 6th and July 13th, tapings for Main Event, and tapings for RAW Talk.

Jamie Noble Tests Positive for COVID-19

Jamie Noble announced on Instagram (via Pro Wrestling Sheet) that he recently tested positive for COVID-19, making him the fourth known member of WWE to have tested positive this week.

“Not how we expect this month to go! Covid-19 has hit home. Prayers for me and my family will be greatly appreciated!”

Adam Pearce COVID-19 Update, Backstage Concern Over Outbreak

As noted before, Adam Pearce was among those within WWE who publicly announced that they recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there have been some concern within the company regarding Pearce’s positive test due to him working very closely backstage with Bruce Prichard and Vince McMahon. Both Prichard, 57, and Vince, 71, are in the age range of those who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Meltzer also reported that there have also been some concerns over Ric Flair’s recent appearances considering his health issues in recent years and him being in contact with those backstage. Meltzer reported that the last he heard, Flair was not experiencing any health issues following his appearances on RAW.

Tyson Kidd and Natalya Pulled from Tapings Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Both Tyson Kidd and Natalya reportedly were kept away from Friday’s television taping at the Performance Center due to COVID-19 concerns, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s issue that Kidd, who works as a backstage producer, arrived at the Performance Center on June 25th for testing with a fever. WWE officials reportedly told Kidd to stay at home and not come to work for this weekend’s originally scheduled tapings.

Meltzer reported that Natalya, who is married to Kidd, was also asked to stay at home as a precaution despite her not testing positive for COVID-19 and feeling fine.