For the first time in WWE history Raw will air live on Christmas Day. The Superstars of WWE's flagship will head to the Allstate Arena in Chicago on December 25th and put on a show just like every other Monday. There was quite a bit of controversy when the show was first announced with fans questioning why Vince McMahon can't give his employees the day off, but apparently the USA Network were insistent on a live show taking place.
What will be interesting is what type of show we will get in Chicago on Christmas Day and how many people will be watching. WWE is smart in holding the show in a hardcore wrestling town like Chicago, so they shouldn't have any trouble selling tickets. Families have rituals on Christmas Day though and those don't tend to include watching a three hour edition of Raw on Christmas night.
As of right now it seems like WWE are planning to go all-out in order to reel in those viewers. Christmas Day will see the return to WWE television of John Cena and if Still Real To Us are correct in their predictions, our Christmas present will be a Cena versus Roman Reigns match. The Big Dog will be putting his Intercontinental Championship up for grabs in an open challenge and it's highly likely the 16-time World Champion will answer that challenge.
Although an IC Title match is scheduled to happen between the two in Madison Square Garden the following night, Cena may not stick around for long. While speaking with WrestleTalk recently John admitted that he will no longer work a full time schedule with WWE. John said that his age prevents him from doing so but he will continue to contribute to the company in any way that he possibly can.
WWE could have gone either way when it comes to their Christmas Raw. They could treat it like another filler holiday show and have nothing of significance happen. Thankfully it doesn't seem like that will be the case. Instead they will be doing all they can to get those ratings and will actually give their Superstars good reason to be working on Christmas Day.