The first day of the new year is set to feature WWE's newest pay-per-view, WWE Day 1. The announcement of this show was a late one, which led to the originally planned TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs event in December 2021 getting canceled.
Now, WWE Day 1 might be a new pay-per-view, but it falls in a very crucial place on WWE's calendar. Everything that happens on this show could have a direct impact on Royal Rumble 2022, and subsequently on WrestleMania 38.
The build up to WWE Day 1 has already started and we might witness multiple mouth-watering matches on the show. Take a look at the full match-card predictions for WWE Day 1. Be sure to comment down below and let us know your thoughts and predictions on the same.
#7 Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship at WWE Day 1
One of the two matches already made official for WWE Day 1 is a massive triple threat for the WWE Championship. Big E is set to defend his title against two former Universal Champions, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens.
KO's WWE contract has been a major point of discussion and debate over the last few weeks. His getting back into the WWE title picture could very well be a way for the promotion to allow him to re-sign a new contract with them. The question is, could they go all the way and make him the new WWE Champion?
Big E has had a pretty entertaining and solid run as the WWE Champion. He is undoubtedly the biggest babyface in all of WWE and it's only fair for him to have a long run with the title. Seth Rollins has proven time and again how valuable he is to the company. He has done a great job as a heel and should put over Big E.
Prediction: Big E retains the WWE Championship
#6 Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan for the RAW Women's Championship at WWE Day 1
WWE Day 1 could see RAW Women's Champion Becky Lynch defend her title against Liv Morgan. The two are set to face each other for the title next week on RAW. However, we might just see a false finish leading to a match at the pay-per-view on new year's day.
Liv Morgan has been highly impressive as a babyface on the red brand, but it seems a little too early for her to reach the top and become the new champion. WWE does well with babyface chasing title storylines and we might see the same with Morgan until she finally gets her hands on the championship.
Prediction: Becky Lynch retains her title
#5 Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Rick Boogs) vs. Angel (w/ Humberto) for the Intercontinental Championship at WWE Day 1
WWE Day 1 could see the Intercontinental Championship on the line with Shinsuke Nakamura defending his title against Angel. Truth be told, Nakamura's Intercontinental title reign has been disappointing and WWE needs to shake things up.
Over the last few weeks, Nakamura and Rick Boogs have been feuding with Los Lotharios (Angel and Humberto). Clearly, Angel is the bigger star among the two and we might see him face Nakamura for his title. He previously held the NXT Cruiserweight title in WWE and could get his hands on the Intercontinental title at WWE Day 1.
Prediction: Angel becomes the new Intercontinental Champion
#4 Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz and Maryse at WWE Day 1
Another major match that could be booked for WWE Day 1 is between two of the most popular couples in WWE history. Last week, Edge returned to Monday Night RAW and teased multiple opponents for himself. However, he was interrupted by The Miz, who also made his return to WWE television after a break to compete in Dancing with the Stars. Accompanying The Miz was his wife and WWE Superstar Maryse.
The Miz and Edge, two of the best on the mic, then had a fierce promo battle, taking massive shots at each other. Looks likr we are headed towards a feud between the two former world champions. With Maryse in the mix, we might even see Edge's wife, Beth Phoenix, return to WWE television. The WWE Hall of Famer has been in great shape and has even wrestled on multiple occasions over the last few years.
The feud between two of the most popular pro-wrestling couples could make for some great television. This could ultimately lead to a mixed tag team match at WWE Day 1 next month. The babyfaces would be the clear favorites!
Prediction: Edge and Beth Phoenix win
#3 Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Toni Storm for the SmackDown Women's Championship at WWE Day 1
WWE Day 1 could see SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair defend her title against Toni Storm. The former NXT UK Women's Champion has made her intentions clear to come after The Queen. While Flair has avoided her so far, she might not be able to do that for long.
Charlotte Flair vs. Toni Storm is a match that could steal the show at WWE Day 1. The challenger has a massive fan following and the WWE Universe just loves to hate Flair. We expect this feud to stretch to multiple matches and hence Charlotte Flair could retain her title.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair retains her title
#2 The Usos (c) vs. The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at WWE Day 1
The Usos vs. The New Day is one of the greatest tag team rivalries in WWE history. A new chapter in this feud will be added at WWE Day 1. This past week on Friday Night SmackDown, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods challenged The Usos for their SmackDown Tag Team titles.
The match has now been made official for WWE Day 1 next month. One has to wonder whether Roman Reigns could end up helping his cousins in this match.
Predictions: The Usos retain their titles
#1 Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Sami Zayn for the Universal Championship at WWE Day 1
The biggest match already made official for WWE Day 1 is Universal Champion Roman Reigns defending his title against arch-rival Brock Lesnar. However, there could be a change in what currently is a one-on-one match.
The Beast Incarnate returned to SmackDown this past week and was confronted by the #1 contender for the Universal title, Sami Zayn. Lesnar ended up taking Sami into getting his title match against Roman Reigns this week only. However, Lesnar turned on Sami before the main event started and attacked him. The Tribal Chief then squashed him to retain his title.
While all this falls perfectly in the entire "conspiracy" storyline of Zayn, we might see him somehow get added to the Universal Championship match at WWE Day 1. WWE Day 1 is not a big enough stage for Roman Reigns' record-breaking title run to end. At the same time, WWE can't have Lesnar lose to him once again in a one-on-one match.
Adding Sami Zayn to the mix could be the solution for this. The match quality would definitely improve, and Zayn could end up taking the pin, letting Lesnar face Reigns again at a bigger stage, possibly WrestleMania 38.
Prediction: Roman Reigns retains
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