WWE didn’t want to waste time getting things done in 2022. With that in mind, they put together their first pay-per-view event of the year for the first day of the year. WWE Day 1 takes place Saturday night from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
There are huge matches planned for the event, including a rematch between Universal Champion Roman Reigns and former multi-time World Champion Brock Lesnar. Additionally, Big E will defend his WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens in a fatal four-man match.
Day one will set the tone for the year as WWE prepares to enter “WrestleMania Season” with Royal Rumble on January 29. The show will air live on Peacock starting at 8 p.m. ET after kick-off, which begins an hour before.
Let’s take a closer look at who our experts at CBS Sports believe will win on day one of WWE.
WWE 2022 Day 1 Predictions
Raw Tag Team Championship – RK-Bro (c) vs. The Street Profits
While RK-Bro has been a very successful act, there is nothing WWE likes to do more than break tag teams. Riddle and Randy Orton are going to go their separate ways at some point and have a big bickering featured. As WrestleMania approaches, the biggest show of the year could be the one where we see everything come to a head. Losing the titles here would allow RK-Bro to have the first clues of a split and could easily be followed at Royal Rumble with Orton taking out Riddle (or vice versa) to fit into a showdown at WrestleMania. Pick: Street Profits take the titles – Brent Brookhouse
RK-Bro spends so much screen time on Monday Night Raw that it’s hard to see Street Profits dethrone them. It looks like WWE is high on Riddle and his eventual separation from Orton will be more heated if they are still champions. Choice: RK-Bro keeps the titles – Shakiel Mahjouri
Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss
McIntyre beating Moss is the padder of the evening, practically run ahead. Rumor has it that McIntyre is ready for a main event schedule against the winner of Reigns against Lesnar. Expect a repeat of SmackDown when McIntyre detonated Moss with the Claymore Kick. Chances are this will be the shortest deal on Day 1. Pick: Drew McIntyre wins – Mahjouri (also Brookhouse)
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan
Morgan should win, let’s be clear. Crowd support for Morgan has been organic and intense since his unsuccessful attempt to capture the Money in the Bank briefcase in July. His fan base is one of the most engaged and feverish in professional wrestling. Lynch is a grown woman and WWE should capitalize on the opportunity to make Morgan a star. Unfortunately, and I hope I am wrong, hunch tells me that WWE will play it safe and keep “Big Time Becks”. Pick: Becky Lynch retains title – Mahjouri (also Brookhouse)
Edge vs. The Miz
Edge should be the favorite to win in most circumstances. However, there’s one glaring reason to side with The Miz in this one: a match between The Miz and Maryse against Edge and Beth Phoenix. It’s too obvious to miss and Maryse has been so involved at this point that it seems the direction is clear. The most practical path is to have The Miz steal the victory with an assist from his wife. It also keeps the trend of Edge feuds in place, spanning months with just a few actual matches. Choice: The Miz wins – Mahjouri (also Brookhouse)
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – Les Usos (c) vs. The New Day
I’m still waiting for WWE to step into the crumbling world of Roman Reigns and Day One seems like the perfect time for that to happen. The Usos losing the titles early in the series could shake up Reigns ahead of his game against Brock Lesnar. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods could also use a small bump with another run as the Tag Champions – although it would be odd for Woods as King of the Ring to follow the same path as Zelina Vega, who won the Queen’s Crown tournament then became female tag champion. Pick: The New Day wins the titles – Brookhouse (also Mahjouri)
WWE Championship – Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley
On the rare occasion that WWE is a stable of challengers for a champion, it works well. It breaks the monotony of repeated cycles of one-on-one competition that always hits the same story rhythms. This has been the case with the WWE title photo lately. Lashley’s physical dominance alongside Owens and Rollins’ underhanded tactics poses many different challenges for Big E. Of course, a four-way match also leaves plenty of easy outings for the champion to hold on while leaving the challengers in place. to keep getting things done. It doesn’t make sense to take the title away from Big E at the moment and they put him in the right position to allow him to advance as a champion with plenty of challengers. Pick: Big E retains title – Brookhouse (also Mahjouri)
Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
Reigns’ title reign was impressively long, though some of the ways he had been viewed as artistic success in the ThunderDome era ran out of steam as WWE ran out of compelling and compelling challengers. While it would have been an intriguing idea for someone unexpected to take the title angry, WWE seems determined that Reigns be so dominant that only an equally dominant force can stop him. Enter Lesnar. Lesnar vs. Reigns at WrestleMania isn’t a hugely original idea, but it’s a “big game” and it’s probably good enough for WWE. You can’t get there on the back of Lesnar losing twice to Reigns, which means Lesnar needs the win this time around. Pick: Brock Lesnar wins title – Brookhouse
Reigns’ race to the top is becoming obsolete, but a 16-month championship period and counting will inevitably become tiresome. Thankfully, Paul Heyman gave the Day 1 road feud a lot of life. It should soothe the itch that thinks you need to pull the trigger to change titles. Reigns is weeks away from surpassing Lesnar’s record-breaking first run in 504 days as the Universal Champion, a reign conveniently ended by “The Tribal Chief”. Reigns is WWE’s best player and Lesnar’s aura is unwavering. Keep the title on Reigns, he deserves to break records. And get to work creating a star who can reap the rewards of Reigns’ journey. Pick: Roman Reigns retains title – Mahjouri