It was previously reported that WWE would not go live with Friday Night SmackDown on Christmas Day in 2020 but now, WWE has confirmed it.
Announcing that fans can join a special ThunderDome session on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, WWE confirmed a previous report from Inside The Ropes that they would indeed go with a taped episode on Christmas.
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/DJkxo7oaos pic.twitter.com/EjnOUL4gdi— WWE (@WWE) December 20, 2020
WWE staff and performers may have Christmas off, but they will be kicking off 2021 live inside the ThunderDome as SmackDown will go live on January 1. In the past, WWE has kicked off the new year with championships switching hands and other moments to try and make sure that the change in the calendar isn't the only cause for fireworks.
The upcoming December 22 taping of SmackDown will feature Fallout from WWE TLC which will take place tonight live on WWE Network. Fightful will have live coverage of the event tonight.