WWE makes changes to New Years Eve episode of SmackDown

The holiday season has arrived as Christmas Eve and New Years Eve take place on Friday nights, which is when SmackDown normally airs live on FOX.

Dave Meltzer shared what WWE has planned for these episodes of SmackDown during the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio. There will not be a live episode of SmackDown on FOX on December 31st.

Instead, WWE will air one year in a review-type episode on FOX Sports 1. SmackDown will move to FS1 as FOX will air its New Years Eve programming. WWE management (Nick Khan, Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn) decided not to air a regular episode on FOX Sports 1 as the show would have a poor rating considering it takes place on a holiday and FS1 is in fewer homes than FOX.

WWE originally planned to broadcast a live episode of SmackDown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on New Years Eve, but it was later removed from the show.

Additionally, for the Christmas Eve edition of SmackDown, WWE will record this show one week in advance on December 17 in Chicago. So fans attending that SmackDown event will see a live show and then a recorded edit.

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