Day 1 2022
January 1, 2022
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video
leads us into the show.
A video kicks off the show hyping up the matches on the card. The
originally scheduled Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE
Universal Championship has been canceled due to Reigns contracting
the coronavirus. Lesnar will instead be added to the WWE
Championship match, making it a Fatal 5-Way.
We go live into the State Farm Arena to see a big pyrotechnics
display. Michael Cole and Pat McAfee welcome us to the show. They
reiterate that Brock Lesnar will be challenging for the WWE
Championship due to Roman Reigns coming down with COVID-19. McAfee
calls COVID-19 a “son of a bitch” and says it has impacted all our
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (c’s) vs. The New Day (King Woods and
It’ll be Jimmy Uso starting against King Woods. Woods gets Atlanta
fired up before they lock up. Woods wrenches the arm, but Jimmy
pulls him in for a side headlock. Woods quickly takes him down
with a hammerlock, but Jimmy twists out. Woods applies a side
headlock and takes him down with an arm drag. Woods applies a
hammerlock and stretches the free arm. Woods stands on his
shoulders for a two count. Woods whips Jimmy to his corner and
attacks. Kofi Kingston tags in, and The New Day hits a double-team
hip toss. Woods hits a senton splash followed by Kingston hitting
a splash for a two count. Jimmy quickly uppercuts him and chops
the chest. Jimmy hits the ropes, but Kingston follows him in and
sweeps the feet. Kingston goes to the top rope but jumps to the
apron to hit Jey Uso with a double ax handle. Jimmy knocks
Kingston off the apron, and Jey clotheslines him at ringside.
Jey Uso tags in and puts Kingston in the ring. Jey punches away at
Kingston and angrily looks at the crowd. Jey connects with a back
suplex. Jey continues to take it to Kingston, flooring him with a
scoop slam. Jey backs up and charges Kingston, hitting Kingston
with a running hip attack. The Usos taunt the crowd. Jey goes for
a second, but Kingston pops up from the corner and hits a leaping
double stomp to the chest. Kingston goes for a tag, but Jimmy
punches Woods off the apron. Jimmy is the legal man. Jimmy attacks
Kingston and tags Jey in. Jimmy holds Kingston up for Jey to kick
in the midsection. Jey puts Kingston on the top rope and goes for
a superplex, but Kingston fights him off. Kingston connects with a
diving DDT off the top rope.
Woods and Jimmy tag in. Woods takes it to him and hits an Honor
Roll. Jey runs in, but Woods takes him down in the ropes and
dropkicks him. Woods flips through a back suplex from Jimmy and
hits a head-scissor into a side leg sweep. Woods kips up and gets
fired up. Woods lifts Jimmy and hits a sit-out driver for a near
fall. Woods hits Jey with a baseball slide at ringside. Jimmy was
the target, but Jey pushed him out of the way. Jimmy attacks Woods
and puts him in the ring. Jimmy uppercuts him and goes to the top
rope for a corkscrew plancha for a near fall. Jey tags in, and The
Usos hit a double-team pop-up Samoan Drop for a near fall. Jey is
not happy. Jey punches Woods, but Woods punches back. Jey rocks
him with a forearm shiver, but Woods is up for the challenge.
Woods takes him down with a diving forearm. Kingston tags in and
goes to the top rope. Kingston hits a cross-body block on Jey for
a near fall. Kingston hits Jey with a diving clothesline and gets
fired up. Kingston hits the ropes and hits a Boom Drop. Jey goes
for Trouble in Paradise, but Jey superkicks him! Jimmy tags in and
hits a top rope Uso Splash… but Kingston kicks out!
Gable Steveson is in the front row and is fired up. A “This is
awesome” chant picks up. Jimmy charges, but Kingston leapfrogs
him. Jimmy chop blocks Kingston’s injured knee and applies a
hammerlock/single leg crab combo. Kingston claws to the bottom
rope to get a break. Jey tags in, and he shouts instructions at
his brother. Jey lifts Kingston up, but Woods pulls Jimmy out of
the ring. Woods sends Jimmy into the barricade and then the steps.
Kingston rolls Jey up for a near fall. Kingston tries again for
another near fall. Kingston finally hits an SOS, but Jey still
kicks out! The New Day hit Jey with a double pendulum kick in the
corner. Woods tags in. The New Day hits a backbreaker/diving
double stomp combo for yet another near fall!
The crowd chants that this match is awesome once again. Kingston
tags in. They go for the Midnight Hour, but Jimmy breaks it up.
Jey superkicks Kingston. The Usos hit stereo superkicks on
Kingston. They put Kingston in the center of the ring and hit him
with a double Uso Splash… but King Woods breaks up the pin! Wow!
The Usos and The New Day pull themselves up in the ring and have a
staredown. They brawl in the ring before Woods sends Jimmy out of
the ring. Woods goes for a plancha, but Jimmy superkicks him out
of midair. Jey superkicks Kingston and tags Jimmy in. They hit
Kingston with the 3D for the win! They’re calling it the 1D.
Winners by Pinfall and still SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The
Kevin Patrick is backstage with WWE Champion Big E. Patrick asks
about Brock Lesnar being added to the WWE Championship match. Big
E says he didn’t have this scenario on his WWE Day 1 Bingo Card.
You can line everyone in this match up and he’ll knock them all
down. Tonight, Big E will walk through fire and find a way to walk
out of the State Farm Arena still the WWE Champion.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Migos. They’re excited to be at
WWE Day 1.
Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss make their way to the ring. Corbin
wishes everyone a Happy New Year from the happiest guy around.
They make fun of Atlanta. Moss says in America when you’re the
greatest of all time, you’re called a G.O.A.T. A goat in Scotland
is McIntyre’s prom date. When Moss beats McIntyre tonight, he’ll
be so far out of the spotlight that his name will be “Who”
McIntyre. They double over in laughter.
Madcap Moss w/ Happy Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre
They lock up, and McIntyre powers him to the corner before giving
a clean break. Moss sidesteps out of the corner and applies a
waistlock. Moss punches McIntyre in the face and applies a side
headlock. McIntyre whips him off and shoulder blocks him down.
McIntyre smiles at Moss. Moss wants a test of strength, but then
he kicks him. Moss kicks and punches him to the corner, punching
him down. McIntyre grabs him by the throat and throws him to the
corner before pounding him down. McIntyre rips Moss’ shirt open
and viciously chops the chest. Moss reverses a whip to the
opposite corner, but McIntyre pops out and hits a clothesline.
McIntyre connects with a textbook suplex for a two count. McIntyre
chops the chest before sending him into the ropes. McIntyre lowers
his head and eats a kick. Moss hits the ropes, but McIntyre
follows him up and clotheslines him over the top rope. Happy
Corbin tries to distract McIntyre, but it doesn’t work. McIntyre
hits a wild belly-to-belly overhead suplex on the floor. McIntyre
puts Moss in the ring before looking at Corbin. Moss attacks
McIntyre and sends him into the ring post.
Moss punches McIntyre outside the ring and puts him in the ring.
Moss hits a running shoulder in the corner before whipping him
hard to the opposite corner. Moss hits another running shoulder
thrust before stomping and choking him. Moss taunts the crowd
before hitting a suplex for a one count. Moss hits the ropes hard
and shoulder blocks him down for a two count. Moss applies a chin
lock, but McIntyre fights up. McIntyre sidesteps him and sends him
HARD into the turnbuckle! McIntyre then takes him down.
McIntyre gets to his feet and hits a pair of clotheslines.
McIntyre hits a pair of belly-to-belly overhead suplexes followed
by a neckbreaker. McIntyre kips up. Moss fights out of a Future
Shock DDT, but McIntyre fights back. McIntyre hits the ropes, but
Moss follows him in. McIntyre catches him with a sit-out
spinebuster for a near fall. McIntyre chops the chest, but Moss
reverses a whip to the corner. McIntyre slingshots over him and
hits the ropes, but Moss catches, nearly loses him, regains his
balance, and hits a fallaway slam for a near fall! McIntyre fights
back and hits a Future Shock DDT for a near fall.
McIntyre puts Moss in the corner and chops the chest. McIntyre
puts Moss on the top rope and chops him again. McIntyre goes for a
superplex, but Moss sweeps the feet. McIntyre is in the tree of
woe. McIntyre sits up and hits a belly-to-belly superplex.
McIntyre gets to his feet and sizes Moss up. McIntyre begins to
countdown, but Moss big boots him! Moss hits the ropes, but
McIntyre wipes him out with a Claymore Kick for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Kevin Owens is sulking backstage when Sarah Schreiber walks up to
him. Owens says the addition of Brock Lesnar is a tragedy and a
travesty. It was originally supposed to be Big E vs. him vs. Seth
Rollins, then Bobby Lashley got added in. Now they’ve got Brock
Lesnar. Owens will make Lesnar pay for what he did to his
soulmate, Sami Zayn. Owens has to go talk to Rollins now.
Raw Tag Team Championship
The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) vs. RK-Bro
(Randy Orton and Riddle) (c’s)
RK-Bro is accompanied to ringside by the Migos.
It’s Riddle starting against Angelo Dawkins. They show respect to
each other. Riddle applies a side headlock, but Dawkins whips him
off and shoulder blocks him down. Montez Ford tags in and hits
Riddle with a big dropkick. Ford does some pushups before covering
for a two count. Dawkins tags in, but Riddle scurries away and
tags in Randy Orton. Orton and Dawkins lock up, and Dawkins
applies a side headlock. Orton whips him off, but Dawkins
leapfrogs him and hits a big shoulder tackle. The Street Profits
mock Orton’s pose. They lock up, and Dawkins applies a side
headlock. Orton whips him off, drops down, and goes for an RKO,
but Dawkins pushes him off. Dawkins looks surprised.
Ford tags in and does a dance. Orton looks confused. They lock up,
and Ford powers him to the corner. Ford chops the chest and mocks
Orton’s reaction. Orton pokes him in the eye and hits a dropkick
for a near fall. Orton stomps the chest a few times before tagging
Riddle in. Orton helps Riddle hit a twisting senton on Ford for a
two count. Ford flips through a suplex and tags Dawkins in. Riddle
gets Dawkins in the corner and kicks away at him. Dawkins avoids a
running forearm and hits a Silencer! Ford tags in and hits a
slingshot senton for a two count. Ford applies a submission, but
Riddle gets out. Ford takes Riddle down and hits a standing
moonsault followed by a splash. Orton breaks up the pin. Dawkins
tags in and punches Riddle down for a near fall. Dawkins hits a
single leg takedown for another two count. Dawkins hits a spinning
avalanche in the corner and tags Ford in. Ford stomps Riddle down
and chokes him. Dawkins tags in, but Riddle rocks him with a kick
to the head.
Orton and Ford tag in. Orton hits a pair of clotheslines before
knocking Dawkins off the apron. Orton hits Ford with a snap
powerslam before hitting Dawkins with one. Orton gets The Street
Profits on the apron and hits a double draping DDT! Orton drops
down and sizes Ford up. Ford counters an RKO into a schoolboy for
a near fall. Ford quickly hits a step-up enzuigiri. Riddle gets in
the ring, but Dawkins slams him. Riddle soon gets Dawkins on the
apron and knees him down to ringside. Riddle kicks him from the
apron and goes for a springboard, but Ford pushes him off to the
floor. Ford flips through a suplex from Orton and sends him
shoulder-first into the ring post. Ford wipes out RK-Bro with a
diving somersault plancha over the ring post!
Ford gets Orton in the ring and goes to the top rope. Orton cuts
him off and goes for a superplex. Ford pushes him off and goes for
a frog splash, but Orton moves. Riddle runs into the ring and pops
Ford up for Orton to hit an RKO for the win!
Winners by Pinfall and still Raw Tag Team Champions: RK-Bro
RK-Bro celebrates with the Migos in the ring. The Street Profits
come in and show respect to Orton and Riddle.
Drew McIntyre is walking backstage when he’s asked about Madcap
Moss. McIntyre says Moss is one tough son of a bitch. All of a
sudden, Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss attack him. Corbin hits Moss
with a Glasgow Kiss, but Corbin hits McIntyre in the midsection
with a chair. Corbin smacks it off his back. Moss tackles McIntyre
and puts the chair on his neck. Corbin hits the chair with some
metal scaffolding. WWE Official Adam Pearce and some referees get
Corbin and Moss away. McIntyre looks like he’s struggling to
Kayla Braxton knocks on Brock Lesnar’s door, and he comes out.
Lesnar introduces himself and says he’ll do what he wants to do
because he’s a free agent thanks to his advocate, Paul Heyman.
Tonight, he’ll go to the ring and walk out of it as the WWE
Heavyweight Champion of the world. That’s not a prediction. That
is a spoiler.
Video Package: The Miz vs. Edge
Edge makes his entrance through the Brood fire!
The Miz w/ Maryse vs. Edge
They lock up, and Edge applies a side headlock. Miz whips Edge
off, but Edge shoulder blocks him down. Edge hits the ropes, but
Miz leapfrogs him and hits a hip toss. Miz gets on the turnbuckles
and taunts the crowd. Edge gets to his feet and looks quizzically
at Miz. They lock up again, and Edge applies a side headlock. Miz
whips him off, but Edge shoulder blocks him again. Edge hits a
pair of hip tosses on Miz and goes for a crossface, but Miz
escapes before it is put on. Edge gets Miz in the corner, but Miz
kicks and punches him down. Maryse smiles at ringside. Miz whips
Edge into the ropes and goes for a dropkick, but Edge avoids it.
Edge catches him with a jackknife pin for a two count. Edge goes
for a crossface, but Miz avoids it. Miz reverses a whip and tosses
Edge out of the ring. Edge avoids a baseball slide. Maryse
distracts Edge, and Miz pushes Edge into the ring post. Miz pushes
Edge into the barricade and puts him in the ring. Miz goes to the
top rope and hits a double ax handle. Miz digs his boot into
Edge’s face and attacks the knee. Miz boots Edge in the face for a
two count. Miz applies a heel hook, but Edge fights out. Miz
quickly whips him to the corner and goes for his patented corner
clothesline, but Edge avoids it. Edge pulls him off and hits a
hanging reverse DDT for a two count.
Miz hits the ropes, but Edge slams him down. Edge goes for a move,
but Miz gets out and tries for a Skull Crushing Finale. Edge
fights out, but Miz takes him down for a two count. Miz kicks away
at the chest, but Edge avoids a big kick. Edge takes him down for
another crossface attempt, but Miz fights it and sends him out of
the ring. Miz looks frustrated. Edge sweeps the feet as Miz exits
the ring. Edge pulls Miz off the apron and hits an Edgecution!
Edge powers Miz into the ring and covers for a near fall. Edge
puts Miz in the corner and charges, but Miz puts him on the apron.
Miz goes outside and sweeps the feet. Miz viciously slams Edge’s
face off the commentary table a few times. Miz gets in the ring
and taunts the crowd. Miz goes outside and goes for a Skull
Crushing Finale on the commentary table. Edge fights it and hits a
bulldog on the table.
Edge gets Miz in the ring and hits a diving cross-body block for a
two count. Edge gets out of a Skull Crushing Finale and rolls him
up for a two count. Edge fights out of a Figure Four Leglock and
kicks him into the corner before rolling him up for a two count.
Miz quickly sends Edge into the corner hard and applies a Figure
Four Leglock. Miz slaps him in the face a few times, but this only
serves to infuriate Edge. Edge tries to reverse the pressure, but
he struggles to turn Miz over. Edge eventually does. Miz shouts in
pain and looks like he’s going to tap out, but he instead just
slides out. Miz goes for an STF, but Edge gets out. Miz slingshots
him into the corner and rolls him up with his feet on the ropes,
but the referee catches him and won’t count the pin. Edge soon
takes him down and finally applies the crossface! Miz screams in
pain and tries to get out, but Edge rolls through and keeps it
applied. Maryse pulls Miz’s foot to the bottom rope to get a
break. Miz goes outside to recover. Edge goes to grab him, but Miz
snaps him off the top rope. Miz gets in the ring and goes for a
Reality Check, but Edge counters into a pin for a two count. They
then wipe each other out with stereo big boots.
They slowly get to their feet and trade some punches. Miz wildly
kicks away at Edge and puts him in the corner before hitting his
patented corner clothesline. Miz goes to the top rope, but Edge
cuts him off. Edge hits a super hip toss off the top rope. Edge
gets fired up and charges for a Spear, but Miz leapfrogs him. Miz
pretends to tweak his knee to distract the referee. Maryse hits
Edge over the head with an object. Miz hits Edge with a Skull
Crushing Finale, but Edge kicks out!
Maryse gets on the apron and argues with the referee. All of a
sudden Beth Phoenix comes out to the ringside area! She looks
fired up. Phoenix chases Maryse away. Phoenix shouts at The Miz.
Edge then hits Miz with a Spear for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Edge
Edge celebrates in the ring with his wife, Beth Phoenix.
Bobby Lashley and MVP are asked about Brock Lesnar. MVP says
Lashley welcomes all challengers. Lashley is looking forward to
making Lesnar tap out. New year, new WWE Champion.
Video Package: Raw Women’s Championship
Raw Women’s Championship
Liv Morgan vs. Becky Lynch (c)
They lock up, and Lynch powers her into the ropes and slaps her.
Morgan fights back and hits a springboard facebuster that knocks
Lynch out of the ring. Morgan follows her out of the ring and
bounces her off the commentary table a few times. Morgan lets out
a primal scream and puts Lynch in the ring. Lynch immediately
rolls out of the ring. Morgan goes for a suicide dive, but Lynch
(sort of) counters it. Morgan falls limply into the ring. Lynch
goes for a Manhandle Slam, but Morgan counters with an arm drag.
Morgan attacks her in the corner before hitting a high knee.
Morgan dropkicks her against the ropes and hits a double stomp to
the spine. Morgan pulls her into the ring for a two count. Lynch
rolls her up for a two count, but Morgan counters into a
submission. Lynch quickly gets a foot on the bottom rope for a
break. Lynch gets out of the ring to recover, as Morgan gets the
Lynch goes to the top rope, but Morgan slams her off the top rope
for a two count. Lynch fights back and slams Morgan down for a two
count. Lynch chokes her against the ropes. Morgan boots her back
and goes for a roll-up, but Lynch holds the ropes. Lynch puts her
on the apron and attacks. Lynch goes to the second rope and hits
the weakest diving leg drop you can imagine for a near fall. Lynch
punches and clubs away at Morgan. Morgan fights out and leapfrogs
her. Lynch quickly responds with a Bexploder for a near fall.
Lynch stomps away at Morgan and shouts that she’s the best to the
crowd. Lynch attacks Morgan in the corner, but Morgan soon gets
out of it. Morgan kicks Lynch into the corner, stunning Lynch.
Morgan fights back and hits a Thesz Press. Morgan takes Lynch down
and charges her in the corner, but Lynch sidesteps her. Morgan
comes back with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Lynch fights
back and hits a double-arm suplex. Lynch tries for the
Dis-Arm-Her, but Morgan counters into a roll-up for a two count.
Morgan takes Lynch down again and covers for a near fall. Morgan
cannot believe it. Morgan goes to the top rope, but Lynch cuts her
off. Morgan slides out and goes for a powerbomb, but Lynch fights
it. Morgan all of a sudden jumps off the second rope and hits
Lynch with a huge sunset flip powerbomb for a near fall!
Morgan tries to get Lynch to her feet, but Lynch applies the
Dis-Arm-Her! Morgan gets her feet on the bottom rope to break the
hold. They trade roll-ups before Lynch slams Morgan down for a two
count. Lynch argues the count with the referee. Lynch angrily puts
Morgan on the apron and wildly attacks her. Lynch goes for a
diving leg drop, but Morgan moves. Morgan goes to the top rope and
hits a missile dropkick, but the momentum knocks Lynch out of the
ring. Morgan looks so disappointed. Morgan hits the ropes and
wipes Lynch out with a suicide dive! Morgan puts Lynch in the
ring, but Lynch rolls right back out.
Morgan goes to retrieve Lynch, but Lynch bounces Morgan off the
commentary table a number of times. Lynch orders the referee to
start counting. Morgan gets back in at the count of 8. Lynch
angrily stomps Morgan and shouts at her. Lynch throws her over the
top rope. Lynch goes to get her, but Morgan sends her into the
ring steps. Morgan gets her arm in the steps and stomps the arm
like Lynch did to her a few weeks ago on WWE Raw. Lynch kicks her
in the face getting in the ring. Morgan hits a diving arm breaker
and applies a double arm submission! Lynch screams in pain but
rolls Morgan over for a near fall. Morgan goes for ObLivion, but
Lynch counters into a Manhandle Slam for the win!
Winner by Pinfall and still Raw Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage by Kevin Patrick. Rollins
says this was supposed to be his match. Then Kevin Owens lied to
get in, Bobby Lashley bullied his way in, and Brock Lesnar “Brock
Lesnar-ed” his way into the match. The other four men have
something in common that gives Rollins the advantage. They’re not
him. They’re not Seth “Freakin” Rollins. Rollins will go out there
and stomp heads to win.
Footage is shown of the devastating nose injury Ridge Holland
suffered in the Kickoff Show match.
Johnny Knoxville of Jackass will be in the 2022 Royal Rumble.
Video Package: WWE Championship
WWE Championship – Fatal 5-Way Match
Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley w/ MVP vs. Big E
(c) vs. Brock Lesnar
Owens and Rollins attack Lesnar as he makes his entrance. Lashley
and Big E fight outside the ring. Lesnar hits Owens and Rollins
with three German Suplexes a piece. Lesnar lifts Rollins up for an
F5, but Owens pulls him off. Owens receives a German Suplex for
his trouble. Big E gets in the ring and rocks Lesnar with a
shoulder thrust that sends him out of the ring. Lashley grabs Big
E outside the ring and drives him headfirst into the ring post.
Lashley sizes Lesnar up and spears him through the barricade!
In the ring, Lashley viciously shoulders Owens and hits a
neckbreaker. Lashley hits Rollins with a flatliner before going
for a delayed vertical suplex. Owens superkicks Lashley. Rollins
hits Lashley with a superkick, and then they hit Lashley with
stereo superkicks that knock him out of the ring. Lesnar is
getting to his feet at ringside, so Rollins and Owens look over at
him. Rollins hits Lesnar with a big suicide dive. Rollins holds
Lesnar down as Owens hits a HUGE frog splash off the apron onto
Lesnar! Rollins and Owens grab the top half of the steel steps and
drive it into Lashley and then Lesnar. Owens and Rollins then
clear the commentary table off. Rollins puts the bottom half of
the steps in front of the table. Owens slams the table cover onto
Lesnar. Rollins and Owens grab Lashley and go for a double suplex
through the table. Lashley fights them off. Big E all of a sudden
emerges, and he slams Lashley through the commentary table!
Owes quickly superkicks Big E down at ringside. Rollins and Owens
put Big E in the ring. They grab Lesnar and give him a double DDT
on the bottom half of the steel steps. Owens and Rollins get in
the ring. Big E hits Rollins with a uranage before elbowing Owens.
Big E charges Owens, but Owens counters into a Pop-up Powerbomb
for a near fall. Owens goes to the top rope for a Swanton Bomb,
but Big E gets the knees up. Rollins then CRUSHES Big E with a
frog splash for a near fall! The crowd is really buzzing. Rollins
elbows Big E in the face and the back of the head. Rollins goes
for a Stomp, but Lesnar comes from out of nowhere and hits him
with an F5! Lesnar lifts Big E for an F5! Owens tries for a
Stunner on Lesnar, but Lesnar counters into an F5! All of a
sudden, Lashley SPEARS Lesnar down for a near fall!
Lashley sizes Lesnar up and applies the Hurt Lock! Big E breaks up
the move and hits Lashley with a Big Ending. Big E then scoops
Lesnar up, but Lesnar slides off and hits the WWE Champion with an
F5 for the WIN!!
Winner by Pinfall and new WWE Champion: Brock Lesnar