Happy New Year everyone! The WWE cracked open the new calendar with its first ever Day 1 pay-per-view on Saturday.
The show experienced a major change just hours before going live with news that Universal Champion Roman Reigns had tested positive for COVID-19 and thus missed the ppv. His anticipated main event match with Brock Lesnar got called off and instead, Lesnar would be added to the Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Championship, making it a Fatal 5-Way match.
Here are the final results from the show:
WWE Championship - Brock Lesnar defeats Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley via pinfall
And once again, the Beast Incarnate stands tall as the WWE Champion.
With literally only four hours to plan this match, the WWE opted to go with the full sprint with the main event and the match itself couldn’t have been more than 10 minutes.
The Beast eventually re-emerged and delivered F5’s to everyone except Lashley, who planted him with yet another spear. After the dust settled, Lesnar hit Big E with another F5 to get the 1-2-3 and take his title.
The company was forced to think on the fly when their main event got blown up and as a result, everything they had planned for Raw is now in the garbage can. We’ll see how they proceed with Lesnar as champ heading into the Royal Rumble.
Raw Women’s Championship - Becky Lynch (c) defeats Liv Morgan via pinfall
Big Time Becks survives but got everything from the young upstart.
The match started off slow, but picked up the pace around the 10-minute mark as Morgan started to throw everything at the champ.
She nearly scored a submission victory with a Rings of Saturn, but Lynch was able to get out of it. Shortly afterwards, the champ hit the Manhandle Slam to retain and walk out of Atlanta with the belt.
For Morgan, this was a step in the right direction to establish herself as a player moving forward. For Lynch, she puts another successful title defense under her belt as we near the Road to Wrestlemania.
Edge defeats The Miz via pinfall
We had the battle of the two legends next on the card and Edge once again tapped into his Brood era like he did at SummerSlam.
This was a well worked match that got plenty of time . You got plenty of classic spots from the heels, like Maryse putting Miz’s foot on the rope to prevent a pinfall or her hitting Edge with a purse.
This prompted Edge’s wife Beth Phoenix to come out and even the odds, chasing Maryse off. A distracted Miz turned around and got planted with a spear, allowing for the Rated-R Superstar to pick up the win.
Ahh, it appears that the McIntyre-Moss/Corbin program isn’t over. They brutally attacked the Scottish Psychopath in the hallway.
Raw Tag Team Championship - RK-Bro (c) defeat The Street Profits via pinfall
The Raw Tag Team Championship bout was next on tap and look who showed up with RK-Bro.
The Migos teased a surprise and they accompanied the champs to the ring.
This was an extremely fun matchup that ended when Riddle launched Montez Ford into the air to set up for a super RKO.
Orton got the pin and RK-Bro are still your tag champs. After the match, the Migos got into the ring to celebrate with the champs and didn’t do anything else.
Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss (w/Happy Corbin) via pinfall
In a surprisingly competitive match, Drew McIntyre prevailed over Madcap Moss. The match went on for about 10 minutes and ended with Drew hitting his signature Claymore for the win.
Now that this mini-program is seemingly over, we look towards the Royal Rumble at the end of the month where he’ll surely be a favorite to win.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship - The Usos (c) defeat The New Day via pinfall
Death. Taxes. The New Day and The Usos putting on a show.
These two longtime rivals can put on a classic tag team match in their sleep and that’s exactly what we got to open the main show at Day 1. The action gradually picked up throughout the battle and gave us a bunch of near falls as the two teams exchanged momentum.
The Usos ended it when borrowing the 3-D from the Dudley Boyz, putting down Kofi Kingston with the legendary finisher for the win.
Sheamus and Ridge Holland defeats Cesaro and Ricochet
The pre-show match saw the Smackdown team of Sheamus and Ridge Holland take out Cesaro and Ricochet to kick us off for the night. This actually turned into a handicap match after Holland got his nose split open and left the bout early. The Celtic Warrior powered through and put Cesaro down with the Brogue Kick for the win.