While the wrestling calendar usually runs from WrestleMania to WrestleMania, placing January 1st right at the start of the fourth quarter, WWE is set to usher in 2022 with a brand-new pay-per-view this year – WWE Day 1!
As with most new events, there is scepticism, of course. The Royal Rumble is right around the corner, so might Day 1 just be a “glorified house show”? Well, we’ll find out on January 1st, but one major thing – aside from being completely fresh – that the event has going in its favour is that there was no pay-per-view for the entire month of December, so fans will be champing at the bit to see what goes down!
The current state of play in WWE is – Roman Reigns holds the Universal Championship, Big E is the WWE Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura is the Intercontinental Champion, and Damian Priest is the United States Champion. Becky Lynch is the current Raw Women’s Champion and Charlotte Flair the current SmackDown Women’s Champion. The tag team gold is held by RK-Bro on the red brand, The Usos on the blue brand, and Queen Zelina & Carmella in the women’s division. Dana Brooke is the WWE 24/7 Champion. While it’s not a certainty every title will be defended on the show, conclusions can be drawn that most of said championships are likely to be up for grabs.
But how do you watch WWE Day 1? When does the pay-per-view start? And what matches are on the card? Here at Inside The Ropes, we have all the information you need to know ahead of the show!
When is WWE Day 1?
WWE Day 1 is currently scheduled to take place on January 1st, 2022 and will emanate from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will have a live crowd in attendance.
The “main show” will begin at 8pm EST, which is 1am UK time on January 2nd. However, there will likely be a ‘Kickoff’ show on beforehand, airing at midnight UK time, which will be shown for FREE on WWE’s YouTube channel, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
How can I watch WWE Day 1?
WWE Day 1 will stream at 1am on the evening of January 1st, morning of January 2nd on the WWE Network and Peacock, with the pay-per-view kick-off likely starting at midnight UK time.
The WWE Network costs £9.99 per month for subscribers, and can be cancelled at any time. There is a free tier of the WWE Network available, however pay-per-views require a paid subscription – which unlocks all content on the Network. If you’re in the US, Peacock has two tiers – one for $4.99 and a premium ad-free version for $9.99.
What is the match card for WWE Day 1?
The match card is as follows:
- Big E defends the WWE Championship against Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Bobby Lashley in a Fatal 4-Way.
- Roman Reigns defends the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar
- Liv Morgan challenges Becky Lynch for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
- The Usos defend the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The New Day’s Kind Woods and Kofi Kingston
- Edge takes on The Miz
- Sami Zayn challenges Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship
- Randy Orton and Riddle defend the Raw Tag Team Championships against either The Street Profits or Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio .
- Drew McIntyre competes against Madcap Moss
Watch WWE Day 1 live on the WWE Network – and via Peacock in the United States – on January 2nd