If there’s one thing Christmas movies have taught us is that sometimes, you don’t always get what we want, but maybe what we need. The WWE is experiencing that this year as they planned ahead to give their employees time off to spend the holidays with their families. What they got in return could be taken various ways. The plan was to tape their Christmas edition of Raw (airing December 23rd) December 17th in Sioux City, Iowa. Unfortunately, the December 17th Raw Christmas taping was cancelled because the WWE reportedly sold less than 1000 tickets.
Yep, you heard that right. While it’s not realistic to expect even the mighty WWE to sell out everywhere, a 1000 tickets sold seems lower than we’d expect. There could be various reasons as to why, but given they planned for this to be taped, Vince McMahon expected more.
As a result of this, the December 16th show (with good ticket sales) will be recorded (following that night’s Raw airing) instead.
While the WWE continues steaming ahead, tickets for the December 17th show are still being sold. According to Ringsidenews.com, a fan responded to Brad Shepard’s tweet saying he bought front row seats only to have Raw cancelled. Wonder if the WWE will refund a portion of his money?
What’s concerning about this is it’s Iowa, better known as Seth Rollins’ home state. For that fact alone, you’d think they’d have a good showing to see their native son.
It’s an interesting footnote (This is really all it is at the moment. Now, if it keeps happening…) given the current competitiveness with not only the AEW rising, but NWA, Impact, and New Japan gaining traction as well.
An interesting side point if this emphasizes the “card subject to change” disclaimer on tickets and promotional items. Basically, it means those in attendance probably won’t see many if any of the WWE’s top flight superstars. Sure, Seth Rollins may put in an appearance, but beyond him, it’ll most likely be a mid-card type of event with 1000 people there.
While it sucks for the fans to have the Raw Christmas taping cancelled, there is a silver lining.
The WWE superstars will now have a holiday break from December 21st to 25th to be with their families. They’ll be expected back in the ring December 26th.
Granted, it may not seem like much to us, but given they put their bodies on the line every night and spent over 300 days of the year on the road, it’s good they get some extra time off.