Looking to watch some of the top WWE Christmas themed events over the holidays? Let's first discuss the history of wrestling on the holidays!
In the 1980s, fans associated WCW’s (World Championship Wrestling) Starrcade event with the Thanksgiving Day holiday. However, professional wrestling has had a much longer association with Christmas.
Some Christmas wrestling events took place in the 1980s and previous years, including WCW Season’s Beatings in 1988. But the tradition of a Christmas episode, on or around Christmas, became more common in the 1990s as the WWE’s (then-WWF) and WCW’s exposure grew through the medium of national TV.
Since then, over the last three decades, WWE has aired almost-yearly Christmas editions of WWE Raw, SmackDown, and NXT. Throughout, WWE’s business acquisitions, WCW and ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling), also held Christmas-themed events.
Although Christmas isn’t widely associated with professional wrestling, there are dozens of WWE Christmas editions of episodes and pay-per-views–now known as Premium Live Events (PLEs). Some episodes are in the holiday spirit, and others not so much, featuring Santa Claus, championship matches, and quite often, a Miracle on 34th Street Fight match.
Here are the 12 WWE Christmas themed events to check out this year!