Backstage news has emerged on plans for Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar, and why the match is set for WWE Day 1 and not Royal Rumble.
WWE has announced two pay-per-views for January 2022. On the first day of the year, the first WWE Day 1 event will air live from Atlanta, Georgia. On January 29, Royal Rumble, one of WWE’s biggest shows of the year, will emanate from St Louis, Missouri.
WWE has announced that Brock Lesnar will challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at WWE Day 1. As per Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE chose to have the match here, instead of at Royal Rumble, to improve the line-up for the inaugural show.
It was noted that WWE and Nick Khan plan to make WWE Day 1 a regular holiday tradition, so wanted to establish the first iteration of the event as must-see.
Discussing the expectations of the holiday show, Meltzer said:
“The deal is Day 1 is obviously a Nick Khan idea for the idea of January 1st and the idea is not just this year doing it. The idea is that this will be a regular thing, a regular holiday tradition for WWE, January 1st pay-per-view. Historically, the December pay-per-view has never done well. It’s always been one of the worst…when it comes to a holiday 1st or a January 1st show, a show like that historically either will do terrible because it’s on a holiday if the lineup is not intriguing or it will do great because it’s a holiday and holiday shows when you have a great lineup historically do very very well.
“To establish this as a traditional big show and the idea is to make this one of the biggest shows of the year, you need to establish it and Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns is the strongest match they got so that’s the match that they chose to establish it. The feeling is that Royal Rumble didn’t need it. They are trying to establish January 1st as one of the big shows of the year and so they are going to put their best match in there on the big show of the year.”
It was previously reported that Reigns and Lesnar’s Day 1 match will be one in a series that WWE have planned for the two top stars.
Quote via WrestlingNews.Co.
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