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Kevin Owens not at Wednesday WWE Raw taping


Former WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens was not at Wednesday's WWE Raw taping, opting to sit out due to a recent positive COVID-19 test by another wrestler.

The news was first reported by Fightful and later confirmed by Dave Meltzer.

The 36-year-old returned in mid-May after taking a break to heal up after his WrestleMania match against Seth Rollins in addition to wanting to spend more time with his family during the pandemic. 

The Fightful report said that WWE has no issue with Owens staying at home and did not pressure him into coming. It's unknown when he will return but per the original taping schedule, two editions of Raw are set to be filmed this Monday.

WWE has had to juggle some of their previous taping plans for the week as it was revealed that on June 9th, a developmental wrestler tested positive for the coronavirus. Tuesday's tapings were pushed back to Wednesday so other wrestlers and staff could be tested. Due to waiting on those results, WWE moved Wednesday's planned SmackDown taping to next Friday.