WWE has confirmed Inside The Ropes’ previous report that SmackDown will not take place live on Christmas Day.
Releasing a tweet which encouraged fans to apply for the ThunderDome , which allows them watch the Christmas Day edition of WWE SmackDown as it’s taped, the date of recording was confirmed as this Tuesday – December 22nd.
WWE has previously gone live in the past on Christmas Day – back in 2017 – and even invited Superstars to bring their families along to celebrate the day WWE-style, however ITRWrestling.com reported earlier this month that the plan would be to tape the show this year, allowing Superstars and crew to spend the 25th with their families without having to travel and perform.
Join fans from around the world live on TV! Register now for your virtual seat in the #WWEThunderDome during a special taping of #SmackDown this Tuesday! https://t.co/DJkxo7oaospic.twitter.com/EjnOUL4gdi
— WWE (@WWE) December 20, 2020
The obvious disadvantage of pre-recording shows is that spoilers are likely to get out. However, if a major event, such as a title change, takes place on the show, it might encourage viewers to tune in – such as when WWE would previously record their UK shows a few hours in advance, and even cleverly issue a “spoiler” on WWE.com before the show. Another advantage, of course, is that fans will be able to react – at least virtually – to the action in the ring.