New Year’s Eve arrives on Friday night this year, but there will be no live episode of Friday Night SmackDown for fans to see. Live episodes are something the company has done in the past, but not this year.
On the latest version of Wrestling observatory, Dave Meltzer noted that WWE will not be taping a live show on New Year’s Eve. Furthermore, a performance originally scheduled to take place in Charlotte has been cancelled.
Fox reportedly decided not to run SmackDown this year so the focus might be on the New Year’s Eve show.
However, the plan was later moved to a live show that took place on FS1. Due to that decision and knowing the ratings would be low, WWE decided not to do a live show. Instead, it was noted that this would be a ‘year of review’ episode. The show will be revisited in 2021 on SmackDown.
It was mentioned that this decision has been made by Vince McMahon, Nick Khan and Kevin Dunn. When it comes to Christmas Eve, WWE will run a regular episode of SmackDown but it will not be done directly. Instead, WWE was set to tape two episodes of SmackDown on the 17th in Chicago.
The first episode will be broadcast live, which will air on that date. After the show ends, WWE will record another episode of the blue mark. That will be shown on Christmas Eve. This will provide fans with a casual episode and will act as a home episode for SmackDown ahead 1 day PPV.
Although there will be no live episode of SmackDown On New Year’s Eve, fans will be able to kick off 2022 with some WWE action. That’s because the next PPV event is Day 1 of WWE, will take place on New Year’s Day.
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