When the holidays roll around, all companies like to try and give their employees some time off to spend with their families and that includes WWE. While there isn’t a week that WWE takes off from airing their television shows, some are usually taped early to give superstars a break. However, one of those tapings, for a Monday Night Raw Christmas Eve event, has reportedly been cancelled due to low ticket sales.
It is a commonly known fact that Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown air every week of the year. Now, NXT is doing the same with it landing on Wednesday nights on the USA Network, and often times, those air dates fall on holidays that should allow for time off.
In order to give some of their superstars a break for the Christmas holidays, WWE had arranged to film the December 23rd episode of Monday Night Raw on December 17, but that whole plan has now been scrapped.
According to Brad Shepard of Pro Sports Extra, the WWE event scheduled for December 17 has been cancelled. It was scheduled to be held in Sioux City, Iowa, but due to low attendance numbers, it is no longer going to go forward. The WWE has said the event had to be rescheduled due to “scheduling conflicts.”
Shepard is reporting that he can confirm WWE has actually sold less than 1,000 tickets for the show in Iowa. Not wanting an episode of Monday Night Raw to look almost entirely empty, things have been switched around.
The #Raw scheduled to air on December 23rd will now be taped on December 16th, after the live edition of #RAW has aired. I'm told the show on the 16th is selling fine. The talent will now have a break from December 21st - 25th, and will be back in action on December 26th. #WWE— Brad Shepard of ProSportsExtra.com (@TheBradShepard) November 9, 2019
Shepard went on to say that tickets for the event on December 16 are selling perfectly fine. Therefore, WWE is now planning on taping its December 23rd episode of Monday Night Raw on that date so the superstars can have time off for the holiday week.
All WWE wrestlers are scheduled to have a full break from in-ring action from December 21-25 of this year. They are set to return to the road on December 26 and get back to a regular working schedule with the company at that time.
Although many reports over the years have said that Vince McMahon is heartless, it is still nice for the promotion to give his stars a break during the holiday season. While this year’s holiday shows will still be taped early, the schedule has been adjusted to accommodate low ticket sales, which were not just bad, but ridiculously low for any WWE taping.