The WWE has issued a response to WrestlingInc.com owner Raj Giri’s exclusive story about the company testing members of the RAW roster for the mumps. In an email, a WWE official sent a link to a press release announcing major changes to Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view and later sent this official statement:
“We have confirmed that three of our performers have been diagnosed with a viral infection. As a precautionary measure, we are ensuring in-ring performers and staff are tested and immunized in accordance with recommended medical guidelines.”
As reported earlier, Kurt Angle will be replacing Roman Reigns in the main event, teaming with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to face the team of Braun Strowman, The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro, and Kane in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. AJ Styles will replace Bray Wyatt in a match against “The Demon” Finn Balor.
WWE had apparently originally tested some talent for viral meningitis, and discovered that the illness is believed to be the mumps. Mumps usually takes several days to a week to disappear, so it is unclear how long the infected superstars will be out of action. Since the infected superstars are part of the RAW roster, it is not yet known if SmackDown talent will also be tested for the virus.
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