WWE Day 1

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WWE Day 1
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PromotionWWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
DateJanuary 1, 2022
CityAtlanta, Georgia
VenueState Farm Arena
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WWE Day 1 is an upcoming professional wrestling event produced by WWE. It will be held for wrestlers from the promotion's Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The event will air on pay-per-view (PPV) worldwide and will be available to stream through Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network elsewhere. It is scheduled to take place on January 1, 2022, at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, and will be the company's first PPV event to take place on New Year's Day. The event's title alludes to its New Year's scheduling and is the first PPV to have the New Year's theme since New Year's Revolution in 2007.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

On July 23, 2021, the American professional wrestling promotion WWE announced that it would be holding a pay-per-view (PPV) and Peacock/WWE Network event on Saturday, January 1, 2022, at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, which would feature wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands. The State Farm Arena is the home venue of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association, and the announcement was made by the Hawks' all-star point guard Trae Young.[1] On August 24, 2021, it was revealed that the event was titled Day 1 due to it taking place on New Year's Day. This marks WWE's first PPV event to take place on New Year's.[2] Tickets went on sale on August 27, 2021.[1] The company previously ran a New Year's-themed event called New Year's Revolution from 2005 to 2007, but each of its three events were held shortly after New Year's Day.[3]

The scheduling of Day 1 caused WWE to cancel their annual TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs event for Raw and SmackDown, which had been scheduled for December 19, 2021. Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer reported that TLC was canceled to allow WWE to focus on Day 1 after November's Survivor Series. There would have also only been two weeks between TLC and Day 1, followed by the Royal Rumble in late January.[4][5]

Storylines[edit]

The event will include matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands,[6][7] while storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.[8]

On the October 25 episode of Raw, Seth Rollins won a ladder match to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship.[9] On the November 29 episode, it was announced that Rollins would receive his title match against WWE Champion Big E at Day 1. That same night, however, WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville set up a non-title match between Big E and Kevin Owens, who had also competed in the ladder match, where if Owens won, he would be added to the title match, much to the displeasure of Rollins, who had been at odds with Owens over the past few weeks. In an attempt to sabotage the match, Rollins interfered, thus Owens won by disqualification and was added to the championship match, making it a triple threat match.[10]

At Crown Jewel, Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to retain the Universal Championship with help from The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso).[11] On the following SmackDown, an irate Lesnar attacked Reigns and The Usos, as well as other members of the SmackDown roster and security due to being cheated out of the championship. WWE official Adam Pearce suspended Lesnar indefinitely. Lesnar responded by performing two F-5s on Pearce, who later fined Lesnar $1 million.[12][13] On the November 26 episode of SmackDown, Sami Zayn won a battle royal to become the number contender for the Universal Championship. Immediately after the match, however, it was announced that Lesnar's suspension was lifted and he would return the following week.[14] That episode, Lesnar passive-aggressively convinced Zayn to face Reigns for the title that night. WWE official Sonya Deville made it official where the winner would defend the Universal Championship against Lesnar at Day 1. Before the match, Zayn cut a promo thanking Lesnar for convincing him to have his title match that night. Lesnar attacked Zayn and gave him a thumbs up, which allowed Reigns to quickly defeat Zayn and retain the title, officially scheduling Reigns to defend the championship against Lesnar at Day 1.[15]

Matches[edit]

No. Matches* Stipulations
1 Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship[16]
2 Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Brock Lesnar Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship[17]
3 The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (King Woods and Sir Kofi Kingston) Tag team match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship[18]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • *Card subject to change

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b WWE.com Staff (July 23, 2021). "WWE kicks off 2022 in Atlanta". WWE. Stamford, Connecticut. Archived from the original on July 24, 2021. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  2. ^ Currier, Joseph (August 24, 2021). "WWE REVEALS NAME OF NEW YEAR'S DAY PPV". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "WWE New Year's Revolution". WWE. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Casey, Connor (October 14, 2021). "WWE Has Reportedly Canceled the TLC 2021 Pay-Per-View". ComicBook.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (October 14, 2021). "Report: WWE Cancels December Pay-Per-View". Fightful. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  6. ^ Grabianowski, Ed (13 January 2006). "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment". WWE. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  8. ^ Steinberg, Brian (May 25, 2016). "WWE's 'Smackdown' Will Move To Live Broadcast On USA (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Powell, Jason (October 25, 2021). "10/25 WWE Raw Results: Powell's live review of the "season premiere" with the new post draft roster, fallout from WWE Crown Jewel". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  10. ^ Powell, Jason (November 29, 2021). "11/29 WWE Raw Results: Powell's live review of Edge's return, WWE Champion Big E vs. Kevin Owens in a non-title match, Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins, RKBro vs. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler for the Raw Tag Titles, Damian Priest vs. Apollo Crews for the U.S. Championship". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  11. ^ Powell, Jason (October 21, 2021). "WWE Crown Jewel results: Powell's live review of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship, Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair for the Smackdown Women's Championship, Big E vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship, Edge vs. Seth Rollins in a Hell in a Cell match, Goldberg vs. Bobby Lashley in a No Holds Barred match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  12. ^ Powell, Jason (October 22, 2021). "10/22 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair swapping title belts, the coronation of Xavier Woods as King of the Ring". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  13. ^ Powell, Jason (October 29, 2021). "10/29 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs vs. Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss in a Trick or Street Fight, and more". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  14. ^ Powell, Jason (November 26, 2021). "11/26 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of the Black Friday Battle Royal for a future shot at the WWE Universal Championship, Drew McIntyre and Jeff Hardy vs. Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss, Ridge Holland vs. Cesaro". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  15. ^ Powell, Jason (December 3, 2021). "12/3 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of Brock Lesnar's return, Sheamus vs. Cesaro, King Woods vs. Jey Uso". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  16. ^ Barile, Steve (November 29, 2021). "WWE Champion Big E vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens (Triple Threat Match)". WWE. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  17. ^ WWE.com Staff (December 3, 2021). "Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar". WWE. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  18. ^ Bryant, Nathan (December 4, 2021). "SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day". WWE. Retrieved December 4, 2021.

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