Reason For Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns Being Moved To Day 1 Reportedly Revealed

Brock Lesnar faces off with Roman Reigns

A new report has given an explanation for why the planned WWE Universal Championship match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will now be held at WWE’s Day 1 event.

Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar last faced each other at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia in October. Reigns emerged victorious from the match to retained his title, but only with the assistance of The Bloodline.

Following a storyline suspension, ‘The Conqueror’ returned to WWE television on the December 3rd episode of SmackDown, immediately targetting Reigns once again with the intention of becoming WWE Universal Champion for the fourth time.

On the most recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer gave his take on why the battle between SmackDown’s two biggest stars was brought forward from the Royal Rumble to the new Day 1 event which will take place on New Year’s Day 2022.

“The deal is Day 1 is obviously a Nick Khan idea for the idea of January 1st and the idea is not just this year doing it. The idea is that this will be a regular thing, a regular holiday tradition for WWE, January 1st pay-per-view. Historically, the December pay-per-view has never done well. It’s always been one of the worst.”

“[…] When it comes to a holiday 1st or a January 1st show, a show like that historically either will do terrible because it’s on a holiday if the lineup is not intriguing or it will do great because it’s a holiday and holiday shows when you have a great lineup historically do very very well.”

“So, to establish this as a traditional big show and the idea is to make this one of the biggest shows of the year, you need to establish it and Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns is the strongest match they got so that’s the match that they chose to establish it.”

“The feeling is that Royal Rumble didn’t need it. They are trying to establish January 1st as one of the big shows of the year and so they are going to put their best match in there on the big show of the year.”

Meltzer added that, regardless of the outcome of the match at Day 1, he believes we will still see Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns going at it at WrestleMania, their third clash at the ‘Showcase of The Immortals’.

“It is not going to be the last Roman Reigns-Brock Lesnar match. Obviously, they are still planned for WrestleMania so that’s the basic gist of it.”

H/T to Sportskeeda for the above transcription.