WWE chose to take a PPV break after Survivor Series. Instead of TLC 2021 in December, we’ve got our first-ever Day 1 to kick off the new year. The main event was presupposed to be Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar in their ordinal repeat for the WWE Universal Championship, however, there was an unpunctual alteration. Due to Reigns’ retirement due to COVID19, free agent Lesnar was instead inducted into the WWE Championship game at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
As a result, it evolved from a Fatal Four-Way to an action-packed Fatal Five-Way. Of course, it wasn’t the only important match on the show, as both men’s tag belts were on the line, as was Becky Lynch defending her Raw title against Liv Morgan. There were also other non-title matchups starring Edge, Drew McIntyre, and Sheamus, among others.
You can watch the hour-long kick-off program in its entirety for free right here, before scrolling down to see all of the full results and video highlights from WWE Day 1 2022.
WWE is hoping for a good start in 2022. Following the cancellation of a PPV event in December, the company will return with a bang on New Year’s Day with the premiere of a new event branded WWE Day 1. It all starts in the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, where practically every champion will be in play.
WWE is hoping to have a solid and energetic start in 2022. After missing a PPV event in December, the company will return with a bang on New Year’s Day with the premiere of a new event named WWE Day 1. It all begins in the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, where practically every champion will be in play.
The bill presently has four title bouts scheduled, with Big E defending the WWE Championship against Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar, and Bobby Lashley in a fatal four-way match. On the women’s side, Becky Lynch will face Liv Morgan to defend her Raw women’s championship.
Day 1 will be live-streamed on Peacock, like with all major WWE events. The main event will begin at 8 p.m. ET, following a one-hour pre-show.
Let’s take a look at what we already know will happen on WWE Day 1.
WWE Day 1 Matches
WWE Championship — Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby
Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar: Rollins won a ladder match on Raw in late October, securing a future championship opportunity. That was mainly ignored throughout November due to Big E’s commitments to Roman Reigns and Survivor Series. Rollins then said he would win his title shot on Day 1, only to have Owens, who had previously turned his back on Big E’s attack, face Big E on the condition that if Owens won he would be placed. in the game.
Owens was able to provoke Rollins into attacking him during the fight, resulting in Owens being disqualified as the winner and his participation in the Day 1 championship bout secured. Lashley was enraged at being left out of the picture and won singles matches over Rollins, Owens, and Big E in a single night to win his place and transform the event into a fatal four-way. After his match with Roman Reigns was scrapped, Lesnar was added at the last minute.
The Usos (c) vs. The New Day
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos took out Kofi Kingston and destroyed Xavier Woods’ King of the Ring throne, scepter, and crown in order to assist Reigns ahead of his Survivor Series encounter with Big E. When the two New Day members square off against The Usos on Day 1 with Kingston back in action, they’re hungry for vengeance — and yet another championship reign.
Raw Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan
Lynch has had a terrific run since returning from her hiatus to give birth to her first kid, winning practically every bout she has entered the ring with. Morgan lost a title bout to Lynch on Raw, but he challenged Lynch to a rematch. Lynch originally refused to accept, instead attacked Morgan, stamping on Morgan’s arm when it was pinned between the ring steps and ring post. Lynch agreed to the rematch when Morgan had been properly compromised.
Raw Tag Team Championship — RK-Bro (c) vs. The Street Profits
For their Raw tag championships, Randy Orton and Riddle are looking for contenders. They organized the RK-Bro-named in the same spirit, which The Street Profits won by defeating The Mysterios in the finals. It’s not the most intricate plot, but it should work well together.
Edge vs. The Miz
When Edge returned to Raw, he mentioned a number of prospective opponents but didn’t mention Miz. This attracted Miz, who was returning to the show following a spell on Dancing With The Stars. Miz rejected down an immediate one-on-one match, but the two finally agreed on a Day 1 showdown. Miz added some spice to the contest by hitting Edge with a Skull-Crushing Finale after consenting to the match.
Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss
After an unusual setup that involved attempting to remove McIntyre’s sword from a desk and a Miracle on 34th Street bout on Christmas Eve, the two are poised to combat. McIntyre is essentially treading water until he receives the next push to the main event picture, and knocking out Moss puts him up for a stay-busy narrative with Happy Corbin.
Cesaro & Ricochet vs. Sheamus & Ridge Holland (kickoff show)
Since his promotion to the main roster, Holland has been trying to impress Sheamus, which has led to bouts with Cesaro and Ricochet. The four guys will try to settle matters in a tag bout on the kickoff program after the issue worsened during the gauntlet match on SmackDown on Christmas Eve.
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