When Kevin Owens returned to WWE Monday Night Raw on July 7th, a lot of people speculated that he must have been the returning wrestler who spoke with Vince McMahon to get a more serious mask policy implemented at WWE TV tapings, as had been rumored on the dirt sheetosphere. In a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Owens confirmed that he was indeed the one who made it happen.
"It's been brought up—at first, the masks weren't being taken seriously enough," Owens said. "Eventually, a fine system was implemented to make sure people took it seriously. That came from me. I thought that the masks weren't being worn seriously enough, so I went and talked to the people in charge. They immediately did what they could to remedy the situation. I don't blame anybody for the mask thing. It's easy to forget how important those masks are. Some people just straight up believe that the masks don't make a difference, and that's their belief. But if we're all going to work together and we're all trying to keep each other safe, I think it matters."
"If you've had somebody in your family affected by this the way my family was, it's a lot easier to remember that these masks make a huge difference," said Owens, who also revealed in the interview that his wife's grandfather died from COVID-19. "These masks do make a difference, and I felt it was important for people to take that seriously. I was pleased that the company felt the same way and made sure to get the message out to everybody that this is a big deal. That's why, in the end, I decided to come back. I feel comfortable going back to work, and I feel as safe as I can be there."
Kevin Owens may have more confidence in WWE's coronavirus safety protocols than we would if we were in his shoes. But at least he has the pull to get changes made and the willingness to use that pull for the benefit of everyone working at the WWE Performance Center. Thanks, Kevin Owens!