As promised, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre appeared during this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw to speak on his testing positive for COVID-19. He was scheduled to wrestle Randy Orton on the show but is now in quarantine while recovering from the virus.
Here’s what he had to say on USA Network:
“I wish I could have been there with you all tonight in the WWE ThunderDome but unfortunately, as I’m sure you’ve heard already, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. Now, I’m one of the fortunate ones with no symptoms but I assure you COVID should not be taken lightly. Don’t think you can’t catch it, because you can. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody and the only way we’re going to be able to stop this thing is by working together. So please wear your mask and follow social distancing guidelines. It’s not just to protect you, it’s to protect everyone and their loved ones. I’ll see you all really, really soon. But until then, stay safe.”
This speech is notable because WWE has gone out of its way to avoid saying COVID-19 on its programming all throughout 2020, often referring to massive changes to live shows as being due to “the present circumstances.” Having the champion of the promotion outright tell the fan base to be safe because they can get sick like he did is a big step forward.