The first WWE PPV of 2022 takes place on January 1st aptly named, Day 1. The event looks promising as it hosts a wealth of big championship matches with WWE’s biggest Superstars.
WWE kick-off the new year with a bang as the show features a stacked card that will undoubtedly have huge implications on the promotion throughout 2022. As WWE approaches WrestleMania season Day 1 is the perfect place for them to implement several shocking changes.
The majority of the show has top tier performers in championship bouts that could and should have some very interesting outcomes. The matches taking place are:
- Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar Universal Championship
- Big E vs. Seth Rollins vs Kevin Owens vs Bobby Lashley WWE Championship
- Becky Lynch vs Liv Morgan – RAW women’s championship
- Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura – Intercontinental Championship
- The Usos vs The New Day – SmackDown Tag Team Championships
- Randy Orton and Riddle vs The Street Profits or Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio – RAW Tag Team Championships
- Edge vs The Miz
- Drew McIntyre vs Madcap Moss
With all these huge matches taking place there is potential for some big surprises, so here are 5 shocking things we want to see happen at WWE Day 1.
5. Randy Orton to betray Matt Riddle
The odd couple duo of Randy Orton and Matt Riddle is a highlight of WWE television over the past few months. Orton’s stoic persona met with Riddle’s goofball antics has produced some great moments and genuinely funny segments.
Despite their friendship and tag team success, there has always been an underlying threat to the partnership because of the Viper’s long history of betraying those around him with an RKO out of nowhere.
Orton’s untrustworthy nature is legendary and it is only a matter of time before he turns on Riddle. When it does happen the ensuing feud has the potential to be brilliant. Orton is one of the most solid and reliable workers in the world while Riddle is an exciting performer. The two of them as partners has been highly entertaining but as enemies, it could be even better.
— WWE (@WWE) December 7, 2021
4. Liv Morgan to win the RAW Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch has held a tight grip on the RAW Women’s Championship ever since she won it way back in 2019 in the first-ever women’s WrestleMania main event. She relinquished the title last year after revealing her pregnancy, but she has never lost the championship in over 500 days.
After years of scratching and scraping her way up the card, Liv Morgan finally reached the level in which she could challenge for her first singles title. During her rise through the ranks, she has proven herself to be a strong and passionate promo as well as an interesting and intriguing character.
Morgan clashed with Lynch for the title in the main event of Monday Night RAW but after taking the fight to Big Time Becks she came up short as Lynch grabbed the ropes to win. Morgan is the epitome of an underdog who has the support of the fans behind her in her quest for gold.
If Lynch were to lose the title it would do her no harm as she is perpetually over whether face or heel and if Morgan were to capture the first championship of her entire career it would do wonders for her and to be the one to topple the Man is a monumental achievement.
On sight 🖕🏼💥 https://t.co/bOZsyvhCz5
— LIV Morgan (@YaOnlyLivvOnce) December 20, 2021
3. Sami Zayn to cost Brock Lesnar the title match
Sami Zayn was inserted into the rivalry between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns recently, which resulted in him wheelchair bound at hands of the Beast and the Head of the Table.
Zayn won his opportunity to challenge for the Universal title when he triumphed in the Number One Contendership Black Friday Battle Royal. However, his title shot was interrupted by Lesnar who dropped him with a trio of German Suplexes and two F-5s before leaving the ring. This allowed Reigns to pick the bones and win the match in just fifteen seconds.
The following week Zayn was once again ridiculed and beaten by Lesnar in an excellent exchange involving Canadian Alpha males, hunting and Lesnar speaking French.
Zyan’s manic conspiracy theorist gimmick is wonderous and played to perfection by the former Intercontinental Champion and Lesnar costing him the championship match against Reigns plus the intimidation tactics and physical abuse is just the right ammunition to fuel his conspirital ideas. Therefore, Zayn costing Lesnar his championship opportunity is exemplary revenge and one that would continue both the fantastic Zayn and Lesnar feud while added further heat to the Reigns, Lesnar and Heyman storyline.
Similar to the Owens situation Zayn has also just resigned with WWE and could very well be rewarded with a Royal Rumble outing against one of wrestling’s biggest draws.
This man is ruining my life. pic.twitter.com/ptoe8LIBhU
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) December 11, 2021
2. Kevin Owens to win the WWE Championship
The Fatal Four Way for the WWE Championship between Big E, Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley and Kevin Owens should be a delight to watch as all four former champions are on fire at the moment and none more so than Owens.
The former WWE Universal Champion has been in excellent form since turning heel back in November. His mic and character work is exceptional. His in-ring skill is never in doubt it has been a while since he was in such a prominent spot.
Owens is the perfect person to take the title off Big E for several reasons. Firstly it will elevate him to RAW’s top heel, a position he is destined for. Secondly, he has just re-signed with WWE on a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract that could very possibly have a title reign in there also. Thirdly and most importantly it will go a long way in rectifying the end of the Universal title run Goldberg ended in typical shitty fashion.
WWE Champion Owens would also continue the rivalry with Big E, which although great viewing became muddied with the inclusion of Rollins and Lashley. Owens and Big E could go on to have a thrilling feud that would allow both competitors to thrive. Owens playing the dastardly heel doing everything to keep the title with a babyface Big E chasing the championship up to WrestleMania will make a thoroughly enjoyable and much-needed main event storyline for both performers.
In 29 days, I become @WWE Champion.
— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) December 3, 2021
1. Paul Heyman to side with Brock Lesnar
One of WWE’s most interesting storylines is the tale of Paul Heyman and where his special counsel/advocate loyalties lay. Ever since Lesnar’s return at SummerSlam rumour and speculation surrounding Heyman’s involvement with his former employer’s shocking comeback has been rife.
Throughout this period of time, Heyman has protested his innocence and pledged his undying devotion to the Tribal Chief. However, Lesnar hasn’t done his former advocate any favours in clearing his name as he has used Heyman to play mind games with the Universal Champion.
All came to a head recently when Heyman’s suspicious antics caught up with him and he revealed he was protecting Reigns from Lesnar. The Head of the Table thanks Heyman for his service, dropped him with a Superman Punch before attempting a Con-chair-to only to be stopped by the Beast.
Heyman and Brock Lesnar’s relationship goes back to 2001 and the debut of the Next Big Thing. Heyman led Lesnar from newcomer to WWE Champion within a few months leaving absolute carnage along the way. Over the preceding years, Heyman has always been in the corner of Lesnar resulting in his most successful runs in the promotion, which made the former ECW owner siding with Reigns such a jarring visual.
Now that Heyman was so emphatically fired by Reigns we could very well see the climax of a lengthy, well crafted, and perfectly executed plan to get the Universal Championship back around the waist of the Beast. It would certainly be a major talking point coming out of Day 1 and change the WWE landscape for the rest of the year.
Find out everything you need to know about WWE Day 1 here.