Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE will be taping Raw and SmackDown over the holidays instead of running live due to the holidays and the overall declining trend of the ratings. Thus, the reason WWE officials made the decision tape these shows instead of airing them live. The expectation is that these shows are likely to do the lowest ratings in the history of Raw and SmackDown.
As noted, WWE will tape a live Raw on December 17 in Sacramento, and then after, tape the December 24 Raw. On December 18 in Fresno, they’ll be taping a live SmackDown and then taping the December 25 Smackdown.
Moving along, the December 31 Raw will be taped on December 28 in Detroit and January 1 SmackDown will be taped on December 29 in Pittsburgh.