WWE Day 1 is all set to pop off tonight (Sat., Jan. 1, 2022) from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia at 7:00 pm ET, live on Peacock and WWE Network. You may also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable or satellite provider is carrying the event.
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WWE DAY 1 QUICK RESULTS
- WWE championship: Brock Lesnar def. Big E, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Bobby Lashley
- Raw Women’s championship: Becky Lynch def. Liv Morgan
- Edge def. The Miz
- Raw tag team championship: RK-Bro def. The Street Profits
- Drew McInyre def. Madcap Moss
- SmackDown tag team championship: The Usos def. The New Day
- Sheamus & Ridge Holland def. Cesaro & Ricochet
WWE DAY 1 LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
Well we found the things we loved, they were crushed and dying in the dirt. We tried to pick up the pieces and get away without getting hurt, but here I am, liveblogging this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The pre-show opens with Kayla Braxton introducing tonight’s pre-show panel, consisting of Kevin Patrick, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Booker T, and Peter Rosenberg, and they proceed to do the usual pre-show business until it’s finally time for our first match.
Cesaro & Ricochet vs. Ridge Holland & Sheamus
Sheamus and Cesaro to start, immediately the Celtic Warrior tags out and the Swiss Superman catches Holland with a backbreaker. Assisted splash for two, Ricochet tags in and gets cut off in the corner but he’s going down fighting with forearms. Lariat from Sheamus, Ricky off the ropes with kicks and a leg drop for one!
Side headlock, Irish Curse connects, clawing at Ricochet’s face, dropping him with a lariat! Sheamus continues to work him over and we’re informed that Ridge’s nose has been broken and he’s backstage getting checked on. Ricky eventually gets a tornado DDT off, the path is clear!
Tag to Cesaro, lighting Sheamus up, trading uppercuts, taking the action to the floor and hammering the Celtic Warrior! Back inside, big diving crossbody for two, giant swing, Ricochet and Sheamus get into it but eventually the Celtic Warrior is on the top and Cesaro drops him with Swiss Death!
He puts Cesaro into the post...
Ridge Holland & Sheamus win by pinfall with the Brogue Kick from Sheamus on Cesaro.
The main show kicks off with a video highlighting tonight’s feuds.
New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Woods and Jimmy to start, a bit of light mat grappling with Xavier pretty well in charge, but after a tag to Kofi the Usos get a full-stop heat segment rolling. Kingston counters an Ode to Rikishi with a pop-up stomp, the path is clear and he’s crawling, but Jimmy lays Woods out with a superkick!
Kofi jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, diving DDT connects! Crawling... TAGS MADE! Woods in hot with lariats, whip reversed, boot up, Honor Roll! Jey runs in but gets put into the second rope and dropkicked! Jimmy from behind, back suplex, Xavier lands on his feet, satellite side Russian legsweep and he is feeling it!
Fireman’s carry, cross leg Michinoku Driver... NOPE! Wrecking ball dropkick takes Jey out on the floor, Jimmy smashes Woods into the table and throws him back inside! Fireman’s carry, Xavier slips out, uppercut catches him in the corner, Uso with a corkscrew senton... STILL NO!
Flapjack Samoan drop... WOODS KICKS OUT! Trading desperate forearms, tag to Kofi, perching up top, diving crossbody for two! Off the ropes, Boom Drop, Trouble in Paradise connects, Jimmy with the tag and the diving splash... KOFI KINGSTON KICKS OUT! Up and over, chop block, trap the arm, Tequila Sunrise applied in the middle of the ring!
Kingston gets the rope, referee Jason Ayers counts the break but Uso hangs on as long as he can! Tag to Jey, Woods runs interference and takes Jimmy out, folding press from Kofi, only two! Bridging schoolboy, same result, SOS... NOT ENOUGH! Tag made, backbreaker, double stomp Demolition Decapitation... JEY USO KICKS OUT!
Kofi cut off with superkicks, Superkick Party, Usos up top, stereo diving splashes... XAVIER WOODS BREAKS IT UP! A little back and forth, the Usos catch Kingston...
The Usos win by pinfall with a 3D on Kofi Kingston to retain the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
We get a Big E hype reel.
Big E is interviewed backstage about Brock Lesnar being added to his match.
He asks who had this on their bingo card and he’s reminded of the mantra of Ellis Island, and says you can line them all up and he’ll knock them all down! Tonight he’ll walk through fire and walk out STILL your WWE Champion.
Migos are interviewd backstage.
They say they’re big fans and they’re very excited.
Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss make their entrance and get in the ring and crack wise about Drew McIntyre.
Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss
McIntyre backs Moss into the corner, saved by the ropes, arm wringer, Madcap with an elbow into a side headlock. Shot off, shoulder block, whip across and a lariat drops Moss! Straight suplex, a clothesline sends Madcap to the floor and Drew follows after him.
Overhead belly-to-belly suplex on the floor, back inside and Moss turns the tide with strikes in the corner. Off the ropes, shoulder block for two, rear chinlock applied to try and grind the Scotsman down. Sidestep the charge, Madcap takes the corner hard and Drew suplexes him!
Another suplex, a neckbreaker, McIntyre kips up, front kick, Future Shock blocked and they trade some shots. Drew with a thrust spinebuster, whip reversed, up and cover, crossbody but Moss barely manages to catch him and hit a fallaway slam... NOPE! Backslide for two, Future Shock connects this time... NOPE!
Counting down, Moss blocks the first attempt but the second hits...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.
Kevin Owens is interviewed about Brock Lesnar getting added to the title match and he’s not happy about it.
He rants for a minute and says he’s gonna go talk to Seth Rollins.
A hype reel for Seth Rollins follows.
RK-Bro (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (c) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Dawkins and Riddle to start, collar and elbow into a side headlock, tag to Ford, dropkick, cover for two. Tags made, Orton gets one over on Angelo but Montez tags in and takes control of the match with ease. Back and forth, Matt tags back in, Dawkins tags in, Riddle with chest kicks in the corner!
Drill Bit connects, Angelo gets to working Riddle over and the Profits go into heat segment mode. Tags made, Orton cleans house, snap scoop powerslam connects! One for Dawkins as well, Randy running hot, hanging DDTs on both Profits! Orton goes to that special place, Montez reverses with a schoolboy pin!
Pumphandle suplex from Dawkins on Riddle as the match breaks down, a big knee sends him reeling, Matt pops over, Penalty Kick sets up the moonsault but Montez blasts him off the apron before it can connect! Ford puts Randy into the turnbuckles... OVER THE RINGPOST TOPE CON GIRO WIPES THE CHAMPIONS OUT!
Setting Ford up top, Orton climbs to join him, jockeying for position, Montez knocks him down but nobody’s home, Riddle slides in and tosses him...
RK-Bro win by pinfall with a pop-up assisted RKO on Montez Ford to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, Migos get in the ring and share a moment with champion and challenger alike.
Drew McIntyre runs into an interview backstage.
He says Moss caught him off guard with his terrible jokes and he’s one tough son of a bitch. Corbin can handle himself, too—
Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss attack! The blindside Drew briefly but he overwhelms them until Corbin beats him down with a steel chair! They horsecollar McIntyre and Happy grabs a pice of lighting scaffolding and smashes Drew’s head with it!
Adam Pearce rolls up and screams for medical assistance!
We get a Bianca Belair hype reel.
Edge vs. the Miz
Circling, collar and elbow, Edge with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, hip toss from the A-Lister and he’s fired up! Edge with a series of hip tosses of his own, cover for two, looking for a crossface but Miz scrambles away to safety!
Back and forth, Edge with a big side slam, cover for two! Underhooks, maybe thinking Killswitch, Miz reverses and hits the basement DDT... NOPE! The A-Lister with chest kicks, schoolboy pin for two but Edge goes right into looking for the crossface! Throwing the Rated R Superstar out of the ring, Maryse looks on as Edge hits an Impaler off the apron!
Whip to the corner, back body drop to the apron and Miz trips him up, face first into the apron! Smashing his face into the announce desk over and over, back inside to break the count, climbing on the announce desk, Skull-Crushing Finale reversed into a bulldog from Edge!
Diving crossbody... NOPE! Skull-Crushing Finale reversed into a victory roll, Miz grabs the foot on the kickout, spinning toehold, kick puts him in the corner and he puts Edge into the corner shoulder-first in turn! Chop block, spinning toehold, figure four leglock applied!
Bridging up to add pressure, Edge screaming red-faced agony, he powers up, Miz slaps him a bunch and the Rated R Superstar rolls over to reverse the pressure! Miz reverses, looking for an STF but Edge reverses, crossface blocked, leg pick, the A-Lister catapults him into the top turnbuckle, posting up on the ropes for leverage but referee Jessika Carr sees it and calls the pin off!
This time Edge gets the arm-trap crossface in the middle of the ring! Miz gets closes enough for Maryse to put his foot on the ropes and force the break! Back on their feet, slugging it out in the middle of the ring, Miz backs him into the corner and hits the Awesome Clothesline!
Edge is all fired up, Miz leapfrogs the spear and he takes the turnbuckles hard! Maryse hits him with something, Miz hits Skull-Crushing Finale... SO CLOSE!
BETH PHOENIX IS HERE TO EVEN THE ODDS AND THE MELLOTRON IS FLOWING! She runs Maryse off and confronts Miz while Edge lies in wait...
Edge wins by pinfall with the spear.
Backstage we see Bobby Lashley and Montel Vontavious Porter being interviewed.
MVP stops the guy before he says something ridiculous and admits that Brock Lesnar is once in a lifetime, an absolutely phenomenal athlete, but Bobby isn’t trembling with fear because he’s also a once in a lifetime phenomenal athlete, the yin to Lesnar’s yang, and he welcomes the addition of Brock to the match.
Lashley says he’s take great pleasure in feeling the tap in the Hurt Lock and pledges to win the title.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Circling, collar and elbow, Lynch pushes her into the ropes and breaks dirty with a slap! Springboard into a Codebreaker, Becky falls to the floor and Liv goes after her, smashing her face into the announce desk over and over! Back inside, Lynch rolls out the other side, Morgan off the ropes and she gets cut off with a boot!
Kicks and knees in the corner, dropkick takes Becky off the ropes, step-up stomp in the corner! Cover for two, looking for an armbar, Lynch reverses and the second try gets Liv the Rings of Saturn! Becky with a foot on the ropes, Morgan screams and holds on for as long as she can without setting off referee Aja Perera!
Jockeying for position near the apron, cutting Lynch off in the ropes, military press slam... NOPE! Pulling Liv in just enough for a cover, only two, jockeying for position, Becky with strikes in the corner! Diving leg drop off the top and across the back of Liv’s neck for two!
Cover, top wristlock applied, Morgan gets out but gets caught by the exploder suplex for two! Putting boots to her at length, kicks in the corner, Liv ducks and kicks her into the turnbuckles! Jawbreaker, schoolboy pin for two, front kick, pump kick, duck the lariat, Lou Thesz Press with mounted punches!
Fired up, springboard missile dropkick, cover for two! Rolling solebutt into a turning butterfly suplex, cross armbar applied, breaking Liv’s grip but she manages to reverse into a pin! Float-over DDT... STILL NO! Morgan goes up top, Becky cuts her off, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Liv slips under... SPRINGBOARD SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB BUT BECKY LYNCH KICKS OUT!
Dis-Arm-Her applied but Liv’s leg is on the ropes! Small package, reversed, no good, back suplex facebuster also gets two! Putting Morgan on the apron, hammering her with strikes, Becky goes up top, nobody home on the leg drop! Liv goes up top, missile dropkick but Lynch rolls to the safety of the floor!
Morgan throws her back in but Becky just rolls out the opposite side! Lynch smashes her face into the apron over and over, she rolls inside happy to take the count-out but Liv beats the count! Becky stomps a proverbial mudhole in her and throws her back over the ropes and to the floor! Throwing Lynch into the steps, trapping her hand... MORGAN STOMPS THE HAND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
Back inside, Becky somehow manages to cut her off with a kick to the face, popping up top... AVALANCHE DIVORCE COURT INTO THE RINGS OF SATURN! Lynch gets the ropes, blocks Oblivion...
Becky Lynch wins by pinfall with the Manhandle Slam, retaining the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
Backstage, Seth Rollins is interviewed.
He’s all smiles and laughs and says he has an advantage in that none of the other men in the match are him.
Big E (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins (WWE Championship)
Owens and Rollins go to town on Lesnar while Lashley and E brawl, but Kevin and Seth just end up going to Suplex City with multiple German suplexes! Seth up in the fireman’s carry, Owens saves him but gets German suplexed again! Big in hot, big lariat to Brock and he sends him to the floor with another one!
Bob lies in wait... AND SPEARS BROCK THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER’S BARRICADE! Back inside, shoulder thrust and a necbreaker to KO, reverse STO to Rollins, following it up with the delayed vertical but Owens saves his pal! Superkick Party! Seth dives on Brock and holds him in place... PLANCHA FROM KEVIN OWENS!
The go and put boots to Bobby Lashley after, before grabbing the steel steps and decking both Lesnar and Lashley! Moving the bottom steps, they pick Bob up but he reverses and clubs them both down! Big runs in... ROCK BOTTOM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! Seth and Kev get Brock and DDT him on the steps!
E in with them, KO gets him up, pop-up powerbomb... SO CLOSE! Up top, senton atomico... THE KNEES ARE UP BUT E LETS HIS GUARD DOWN WHEN ROLLINS HITS A FROG SPLASH! SOMEHOW HE KICKS OUT! Rolling elbow, Death Blow follows it up, Seth is fired up in the corner but Brock returns and counters Blackout into an F-5!
F-5 for Big E as well! Kevin Owens blocks the first try but Lesnar hits the F-5 on the second! Lashley with a spear... LESNAR KICKS OUT! Bob gets the Hurt Lock on Brock! Lesnar has nowhere to go! Struggling, fighting, flagging but not failing, Brock falls to a knee right as E makes the save!
Big Ending on Bob, Lesnar slips out...
Brock Lesnar wins by pinfall with an F-5 on Big E, becoming your new WWE Champion.
Post-match, Lashley stares Lesnar down while the Beast laughs.
That’s the show, folks.