It looks like WWE won’t be getting the new year off to a bang in the same way they did in 2022 with a new report stating they’ve cancelled a premium live event.
2022 saw WWE introduce the wrestling world to a brand new show as they presented Day 1 on New Year’s Day live from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. That event will best be remembered for the cancelled main event between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship with Reigns forced to pull out due to COVID.
Rather than miss out, Lesnar was placed in the WWE Championship match on the evening, turning that into a Fatal Five-Way contest. The Beast Incarnate was able to overcome then-champion Big E, as well as Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens to claim the title.
In August, the State Farm Arena where 2022’s show was held began advertising a return of the show for 2023, but that now looks to be scrapped. Wrestlenomics has reported that the event has been cancelled by WWE and is not being rescheduled.
The way the current WWE calendar looks as of now means that there potentially won’t be a premium live event held between Survivor Series in November and the Royal Rumble in late January.
There is no confirmation as to why the event has been cancelled but the report suggests it could be to do with keeping broadcast partner NBC Universal happy. New Year’s Day will be the last scheduled NBC showing of a regular NFL Sunday game this season, and the move could be to avoid a clash.
It should be noted that at the time of writing WWE is still selling tickets and priority passes for the event.