• Legendary Old School Manager Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 78th birthday of legendary Old School Manager “Number One” Paul Jones (Real name: Paul Frederik).
Paul Jones wrestled for several NWA territories during the 60s, 70s & early 80s, but most of you Old Schoolers out there will probably remember him as the manager of his very own stable “Paul Jones’ Army”.
Among the members of “Paul Jones’ Army” were big names like Ivan Koloff, Abdullah The Butcher, Superstar Billy Graham, Rick Rude, The Warlord, Baron Von Raschke, The Barbarian …
For most of the 80s, Paul Jones & his army feuded with popular babyface ‘The Boogie Woogie Man’ Jimmy Valiant.
The feud ended when Turner bought ‘Jim Crockett Promotions’ and both Jones & Valiant left the promotion.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
June 16, 1942 – April 18, 2018
• WWE Responds To Reports Of Masks Not Being Allowed At Their Tapings
As we noted earlier, WWE allowed some people other than trainees to attend last night’s RAW. However, those people weren’t legitimate fans, as they were just friends and family members of employees.
Below is WWE’s statement regarding this:
“Fans have not been in attendance at WWE events since March 13.
Yesterday, a select number of friends and family were permitted to attend WWE’s TV production.
These individuals were required to participate in medical screenings prior to entering the closed set at our training facility, and were kept apart from in-ring performers and production personnel.
Attendance was below 20% capacity and social distancing guidelines were adhered to with at least six feet between parties, thus face masks were not required.”
There were also reports earlier that WWE banned the usage of masks at the event, but Jon Alba of MyNews13 reports that those friends and family members of employees themselves chose not to wear them.
The fans I spoke to told me they never felt pressured by #WWE not to wear a mask for TV purposes or any other reason. They confirmed temperature checks, and signed waivers as well. One noted they were in a group that had masks on them, and chose not to wear when taping started.
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) June 16, 2020
However, it is unknown if WWE told Performance Center trainees not to wear them.
WWE claimed that performers were kept away from the crowd, but The Street Profits did enter the crowd and dance with fans last night on RAW.