Unfortunately, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, and Bo Dallas missing WWE action could be just the tip of the iceberg. Originally thought to be missing dates and shows because of a case of viral meningitis, there is now concern in WWE that some talent may be infected by the mumps.
WWE issued a statement in regards to the rumors:
"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."
According to Wrestling Inc, that infection could be mumps. While they have not confirmed the mumps, there has been no denial and this is a problem, not only for the wrestlers who have potentially been infected but for those who may be concerned that they are. The mumps can take a wrestler out of action for several days to a week but it is extremely easy to catch. Just by sneezing or coughing, the infection can spread and it can take two to three weeks for the symptoms to show up. It could mean that once tested, a WWE Superstar could be out of action for up to a month.
The infection has already massively affected WWE shows. Roman Reigns was removed from the main event at TLC and Kurt Angle was chosen to take his place. Bray Wyatt, has also been pulled from his match and his opponent Finn Balor will now be taking on AJ Styles from SmackDown Live. In both cases, these removals hurt the storylines being pushed by the company.
A Shield reunion will now have to wait and Angle was set to re-debut much later and to bigger fanfare. Wyatt was supposed to debut his Sister Abigail character.
While it is believed this is only affecting Raw superstars, just this week, Kevin Owens, from SmackDown Live was pulled from Live Events for personal reasons (no confirmation yet that this is mumps-related) and AJ Styles missed a show due to stomach issues.
Whatever is going around the WWE right now is pretty serious. Hopefully, it's only a matter of few people who will be affected and WWE can get back to business sooner than later. For now, the company has to take every precaution to ensure more wrestlers don't get sick.