Monday Night Raw will kick off the new year in WWE with a huge show in San Diego, California and it will have a name fitting for the occasion.
On Raw in Cleveland, Ohio, General Manager Adam Pearce announced that the red brand’s show on January 1 will be “Day 1 Raw.” That show will see Drew McIntyre challenge Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship after McIntyre picked up a massive win over Jey Uso.
That match was confirmed backstage after a conversation between McIntyre and Pearce was interrupted by CM Punk. McIntyre told Punk he wasn’t interested in his story or even that of Cody Rhodes but instead wanted to finish his own story by winning the title in the new year.
What Was WWE Day 1?
Day 1 was originally a premium live event held on New Year’s Day 2022 but did not return for 2023. It was believed the show for 2023 was set to be held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia again but a streaming conflict with Peacock put a stop to it taking place although WWE never officially announced it had been cancelled as it had never officially been announced as taking place.
Roman Reigns was pulled from the WWE Day 1 show therefore putting his Universal Title match with Brock Lesnar on ice. Lesnar instead joined the field in the WWE Championship match to make that bout a Fatal Five-Way. When all was said and done, Brock Lesnar won the WWE Title bringing an end to the reign of Big E.