Report: Kevin Owens’ Feedback Led WWE To Introduce Fines, New Face Mask Policy
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Kevin Owens was reportedly a big channel for change in WWE’s facemask wearing policy. According to the French-language podcast, Les anti-pods de la Lutte host Pat Laprade (h/t to John Pollack of POST Wrestling) reported that it was Owens who spoke up during the July 3 taping of SmackDown that prompted Vince McMahon to implement a new policy on facemasks and the fines that could incur if you do happen to not wear one during the show.
Owens raised concerns about people not wearing masks and not practicing social distancing before telling McMahon that he was going to go home. He then reportedly told Vince that he would be the only person the crew would listen to and then asked Owens if he thought instituting a fining policy would work. Owen made note that he once swore on SmackDown, got fined for it and hasn’t done it since. Later on during that day, it was then reported by Mike Johnson of PWInsider that fines of $500 and $1000 dollars would be exacted for first and second offenses of the policy.
Owens has gone on social media multiple times to make a plea for people to wear their masks as his wife’s grandfather passed away from COVID-19 complications.
Let’s try this. pic.twitter.com/SJXJSpNfd7
— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) June 29, 2020