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CENA RETURNS, RAW & SMACKDOWN TAPINGS AND MORE: COMPLETE WWE POST-CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TOUR PREVIEW

By Mike Johnson on 2018-12-23 15:24:00

While WWE is off for the holidays and will feature a pre-taped Raw and Smackdown on the USA Network this week, they will return to the road for their "WWE Live Holiday Tour" starting Wednesday 12/26.

That evening, the Raw brand will be in New York City at Madison Square Garden for a live event featuring:

*WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a Steel Cage match.

*WWE Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax.

*WWE Raw Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. The AOP.

*John Cena to appear.

*Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor.

*Bobby Lashley vs. Elias.

*UK Champion Pete Dunne & NXT North American Champion Ricochet & Aleister Black & The Velveteen Dream vs. WWE NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa & The Undisputed Era., *The Riott Squad & Mickie James vs. Bayley & Ember Moon & Sasha Banks & Natalya.

That same evening, the Smackdown brand kicks off their side of the tour in Chicago at the Allstate Arena, featuring:

*WWE Champion Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles in a steel cage.

*Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE United States Championship.

*WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair.

*Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton.

*Also scheduled are Samoa Joe, The New Day, Jeff Hardy, The Bar, Carmella and more.

Raw moves on to Columbus, Ohio on Thursday 12/27, featuring:

*WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a Steel Cage match.

*WWE Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax.

*WWE Raw Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. The AOP.

*Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor.

*Bobby Lashley vs. Elias.

Smackdown heads to Long Island, NY at the Nassau Coliseum featuring on Thursday 12/27, featuring:

*MizTV with John Cena.

*WWE Champion Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles in a steel cage.

*WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair.

*Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton.

On Friday 12/28, the Raw brand will hold a TV taping for the 12/31 edition of Monday Night Raw in Detroit, Michigan at Little Caesars Arena.

Smackdown will run a live event on Friday 12/28 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Royal Farms Arena, featuring:

*MizTV with John Cena.

*WWE Champion Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles in a steel cage.

*WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair.

*Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton.

Saturday 12/29, WWE will tape the New Year’s Day edition of Smackdown Live as well as the 1/2/19 edition of 205 Live in Pittsburgh, PA at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Raw brand will head to Chicago at the United Center (meaning two events in a four-day span in different arenas in the same city) on Saturday 12/29, featuring:

*WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Arose in a Steel Cage match.

*WWE Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax.

*WWE Raw Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. The AOP.

*Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor.

*Bobby Lashley vs. Elias.

Smackdown will close out with a live event in Tampa, Florida on 12/30.  That evening, Raw will close out with a live event in Buffalo, NY.

WWE will then break again and resume for all brands events on 1/4/19.

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