The superstars of the Red Brand and flagship wrestling show will be busy over the festive period with SmackDown Live broadcast on December 26 and January 2
WWE will broadcast Raw on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for the first time ever.
Wrestling fans will be treated to the three-hour flagship show in a bold new move by the company as Monday falls on the two holidays for the first time since 2006.
WWE’s Tuesday night show and Raw rival SmackDown Live will be shown on December 26 and January 2.
A statement on WWE.com said: “Prepare to celebrate the holidays with WWE this year as Raw broadcasts LIVE on Christmas night, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.
“This marks the first time that WWE will present Monday night’s hottest show live on the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
“These unprecedented broadcasts aim to best serve you, the WWE Universe, during the holiday season.
“Additionally, SmackDown will be broadcast live on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
“Deck the halls and ring in the New Year with Monday Night Raw, live on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on USA Network.”
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WWE has in the past aired pre-taped shows or Tribute to the Troops programmes instead of a live event.
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