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WWE Week on USA Network drop-kicks off with ‘Santa’s Little Helper,’ Slammy Awards

USA Network kicks off the holiday season with WWE Week, beginning Sunday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET and continuing throughout the week with specials including the 2015 WWE Slammy Awards on Monday Night Raw, a special, live edition of SmackDown, and WWE Tribute to the Troops.

The WWE Week line-up on USA Network includes:

Santa’s Little Helper, Sunday, Dec. 20, 8-10 p.m. ET

Santa’s Little Helper, an original comedy from WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox, follows a fast-talking businessman who is given the opportunity of a lifetime to become Santa Claus’ second-in-command. The film stars AnnaLynne McCord (90210, American Heiress) and Eric Keenleyside (Godzilla, The Interpreter) and features WWE Superstar The Miz and WWE Diva Paige. Former WWE Diva Maryse makes a cameo.

Monday Night Raw featuring the 2015 Slammy Awards, Monday, Dec. 21, 8-11 p.m. ET

Monday Night Raw airs live from Minneapolis, Minn., featuring the annual fan-voted Slammy Awards, WWE’s version of the Oscars, honoring the best of the year with its own golden statue.

SmackDown, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 8-10 p.m. ET

A special, live edition of SmackDown airs from Des Moines, Iowa and will showcase a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars and Divas, and deliver a shot of adrenaline to viewers with over-the-top action, feats of athleticism and high-octane drama.

SmackDown will begin airing regularly on USA Network on Thursday, Jan. 7.

WWE Tribute to the Troops, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 8-10 p.m. ET

In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of sports entertainment and pop culture with performances from Grammy Award-winning rock band Train and TV personality and comedian, Howie Mandel -- performed for the U.S. servicemen and women, to honor their commitment and dedication to our country.

The show will chronicle WWE’s visit to Florida’s Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for military personnel and their families stationed at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Naval Station Mayport and Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

WWE on USA DAYTIME

During WWE Week, WWE also takes over USA DAYTIME from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21-Friday, Dec. 25 with special WWE themed programming.

- About Raw, SmackDown

Monday Night Raw on USA is the most-watched, regularly scheduled, year-round program on cable, with a live three-hour block every Monday night, 52 weeks a year. Raw has been a cable mainstay for more than 20 years and is consistently a top ten show on television.

With more than 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind Monday Night Raw. Over the past 15 years, SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico.

Follow the social conversation with #Troops on

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- WWE in Florida

The Royal Rumble, one of WWE’s biggest shows, is Sunday, Jan. 24 at Orlando’s Amway Center, home of the NBA Orlando Magic.

The event is already sold-out, but to check if any tickets have been released, go to

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The Royal Rumble drop kicks-off the Road to WrestleMania with the winner of the 30-man battle royal earning a WWE World title match at WrestleMania 32 on Sunday, April 3 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

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@WrestleMania

- Raw in Miami

Tickets are on sale for WWE Monday Night Raw in Miami, the night after the Royal Rumble. The AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the three-time NBA champion Miami, will host Raw on Monday, Jan. 25. It will be broadcast live on the USA Network.

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- NXT at UCF

To drop kick off Royal Rumble weekend, NXT TV tapings are Friday, Jan. 22 at the CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The CFE Arena is the home of the NCAA Division I UCF Knights basketball team.

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WWE NXT is 8 p.m. EST Wednesdays on WWE Network.

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- More WWE in Florida

WWE will be at the Germain Arena, home of the Florida Everblades hockey team, for a super house show (no TV) on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Estero/Fort Myers. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

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WWE visits the Amalie Arena, home of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning, on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Tampa for a SmackDown TV taping. Bell time is 7 p.m.

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- About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms.

WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 175 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at

wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.

For information on its global activities,

go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

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