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AJ Gray Tests Positive For COVID-19

Another positive COVID test has emerged in pro wrestling.

GCW wrestler AJ Gray revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19. Gray was one of many wrestlers who competed at “The Collective” in Indianapolis, Indiana, and also competed at the follow-up event, GCW The Last Resort in Silverado, California on Saturday, October 17, 2020. At that event, he faced AEW star Joey Janela. Janela is scheduled to face Kenny Omega tonight on AEW Dynamite. Gray tweeted that he does not feel he caught the virus while wrestling and rather it came from an interaction with somebody in his personal life.

In a new interview with Sean Ross Sapp, Brett Lauderdale, promoter of Game Changer Wrestling claimed all talent wrestling needed to present a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to compete on the show.

“In hindsight, this was probably not my best decision when it comes to scheduling. I have discussed it with my partners and my team. If I could do it again, I probably would have changed the date of this show. I did discuss possibilities earlier in the week, the pros and cons of continuing with this date, our options, and the move that makes the most sense. We met in the middle. What it came down to was, how could we do this show in the safest manner possible that’s not being blatantly dangerous. I took feedback from my team and the outside, there were guidelines laid out and if everyone can follow along, it’s not unreasonable and not anything different that we’ve done any other weekend or any other company is doing. We’ve implemented some of those things and we’re going to move forward following the safest guidelines we can follow.

“It’s a smaller crew in wrestlers and staff. One of the things we’ve done is no one traveled to California this week without a negative COVID test. Everyone participated in that. Most people have gotten two tests and most got them in the latter part of the week. Some of the other things we’re doing is dramatically cutting back on the personnel in the locker room. I’ve stressed, ‘unless you are in the ring, you are expected to be wearing a mask.’ There’s going to be no physical interaction between wrestlers and fans this week. This has been our policy the whole time, but we’re going to be on top of it extra tomorrow. No high-fiving, probably no pictures.”

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