There was a big Raw Women’s Title announced for WWE’s Day 1 pay-per-view along with a change to the previously announced WWE Title match on the show.
During last night’s edition of WWE Raw, Becky Lynch was in the ring doing a promo bragging about how she beat Liv Morgan in their Raw Women’s Title match that took place last week on the December 6th Raw. Lynch wasn’t able to defeat Morgan clean, but she was able to win while doing a rollup where Lynch held onto the rope for leverage. The referee didn’t see Lynch cheat to win, so Lynch ended up keeping the Raw Women’s Title.
Morgan challenged Lynch to a match at Day 1, Lynch didn’t initially accept it, and that led to a physical exchange. Lynch was the dominant woman during that exchange because the fight left the ring and Lynch trapped Morgan’s left arm against the ring steps. While Morgan’s arm was against the steel steps, Lynch kept kicking the steps and Morgan was screaming in pain. After several referees showed up to break it up, Lynch told Morgan she accepted the rematch at WWE Day on January 1, 2022 in Atlanta.
For the second time in three weeks on Raw, there was another change to the WWE Title match at Day 1. On the November 29 edition of Raw, Kevin Owens beat Big E in a non-title match by disqualification because Owens bothered Seth Rollins enough to make Rollins attack Owens, which led to a disqualification. That DQ win for Owens meant that he was added to the WWE Title match at Day 1 that was originally announced as Big E defending the WWE Title against Seth Rollins.
During the opening promo segment on Raw last night, former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and his associate MVP made it clear that Lashley wanted in on the WWE Title match at Day 1. Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins didn’t want Lashley in the match while Big E was happy to kick all their asses as he has done in the past. That’s when WWE Officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville announced that Bobby Lashley had to beat Owens, Rollins and Big E in three separate singles matches. If Lashley could do that, he would earn his spot in the WWE Title match.
Bobby Lashley’s first match saw him beat Kevin Owens within a few minutes. When Lashley was attempting to apply the Hurt Lock submission, Owens tapped out before it was even applied because Owens later explained that he knows nobody can get out of that, so he wanted to avoid being put in the deadly hold. Interesting strategy for Owens.
When Lashley faced Rollins, Owens attacked Rollins to try to have a DQ finish to give Rollins the win. However, Pearce and Deville made it a No Disqualification match. Lashley capitalized on the chaos to hit a Spear on Rollins and beat him clean.
Lashley faced off against WWE Champion Big E in the main event non-title match that was also No Disqualification. There were weapons used, then Rollins and Owens got involved, but Big E and Lashley. Just when it looked like Lashley and Big E were about to face off again, Lashley’s ally MVP went into the ring and hit Big E in the knee with his cane (that’s legal in a No DQ match). That led to Lashley hitting a Spear on Big E for the pinfall win.
There are now five official matches for the WWE Day 1 pay-per-view in Atlanta. Four of them are title matches while the fifth match is between Edge and The Miz, who exchanged in another promo battle on Raw for the third week in a row.
Here’s the WWE Day 1 lineup that we know so far:
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
WWE Championship: Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan
The Miz vs. Edge
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (King Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston)
You can watch WWE Day 1 streaming LIVE on New Year’s Day, Saturday Jan. 1 at 8 ET / 5 PT on WWE Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else.