WWE Day 1 (1/1/2022)

Updated WWE Day 1 Lineup For New Year’s Day PPV In Atlanta, GA. (1/1/2022)

Three big championship matches are now official for the first pay-per-view of the upcoming New Year.

On this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown show from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, Brock Lesnar finally made his heavily advertised return from his “indefinite suspension.”

“The Beast Incarnate” was given the storyline suspension from WWE back in October as a result of his attack on WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns following the manner in which he bested Lesnar to retain his title in their big showdown at the WWE Crown Jewel 2021 pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia.

With Lesnar returning from the suspension on Friday night’s blue brand WWE on FOX program, he immediately made an impact, as he convinced Sami Zayn to take the title opportunity he earned against Reigns early.

Zayn won a number one contender battle royal on last week’s show to earn a shot at the Universal Championship, which he initially teased using at the inaugural WWE Day 1 pay-per-view event scheduled for New Year’s Day.

Instead, Lesnar returned and approached Zayn in the ring on SmackDown this evening, where he tried to convince him to use the title shot he earned later in the evening in a Universal Championship showdown with Reigns.

And that’s exactly what happened.

Unfortunately for Zayn, however, his past conspiracy victim claims reared their ugly head into the picture again, as he would find himself in another situation where he was in the middle of an extreme set of circumstances that resulted in things going virtually the exact opposite as he would have liked.

Lesnar would go on to brutally beat down Zayn just moments before “The Head of the Table” came out to fulfill his obligatory title defense against him per the stipulation of the battle royal that Zayn emerged victorious in during last week’s show. Within a minute, “The Tribal Chief” turned Zayn inside-out with a big spear and then defeated him via submission with his guillotine choke finisher.

With Zayn now out of the picture, Lesnar moves into the number one contender spot again, and it has been officially announced that at the WWE Day 1 special event on New Year’s Day, “The Beast Incarnate” will look to kick off 2022 by capturing the WWE Universal Championship from Roman Reigns in one of the confirmed main events of the show.

Also announced for the WWE Day 1 pay-per-view scheduled for January 1, 2022 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, is The Usos vs. The New Day in a WWE SmackDown Tag-Team Championship contest, as well as a triple-threat match with the WWE Championship on-the-line as Big E. defends against Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens in another one of the key featured headline bouts on the card.

Check out the official match announcements regarding the Reigns-Lesnar match for the Universal Championship, and The Usos vs. The New Day for the SmackDown Tag-Team Championships via the tweets embedded below courtesy of the official WWE Twitter feed. Also embedded below are videos from WWE’s official YouTube channel, which shows footage from this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown show of the aforementioned Lesnar-Zayn segment and subsequent Reigns vs. Zayn title match.

Make sure to join us here at eWrestling.com on New Year’s Day on Saturday, January 1, 2022 for live WWE Day 1 pay-per-view results coverage from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA.


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