WWE plans to add Bobby Lashley to the WWE Championship match at the Day 1 pay-per-view. On last night’s Raw, Lashley attacked his potential opponents, Big E, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens after E defeated Rollins in a steel cage match. There is a method to the company’s madness.
Kevin Owens’ WWE contract expires in January of 2022. He has heavily hinted that he is leaning towards signing with AEW. Dave Meltzer said on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio that Owens will likely eat the loss as a way to keep the other wrestlers strong, since he’s on his way out.
“Singles matches are always better, three-way is always better than a four… so they’re gonna go with four. It just puts everyone on the show and it makes it easier for a finish, because, you know whoever you want to win can just beat Kevin Owens and that won’t be a problem and they would still have the other matches as far as other opponents for what they need to set up.”
It was previously reported that Kevin Owens was likely to take the fall in the match. That will allow the feud between Big E and Seth Rollins to continue with neither man taking a loss. Adding Lashley to the match gets him on the show, which WWE wants to present as a very big deal. It also keeps him in the main event picture.
WWE is looking to make Day 1 a major annual event. They’re trying to stack the card with as many big names and huge matchups as possible. Brock Lesnar will take on Roman Reigns for the Universal Title on the show. The Usos and The New Day (Kofi Kingston and King Xavier) will battle for the SmackDown tag titles. There’s also a big grudge match set between Edge and The Miz.
WWE Day 1 will take place on New Year’s Day, live from Atlanta, Georgia. Fans can watch the event on Peacock. WWE is counting on delivering a great show so that fans start looking forward to their latest New Year’s tradition every year.
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