As WWE Enters Day 1 Of 2022, What Does The First Pay-per-view Of The Year Have To Offer?

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WWE’s Day 1 pay-per-view kicks off its 2022 calendar from Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, as the new event seemingly marks an earlier start to WrestleMania season — a position long held by the Royal Rumble in late January.

As the year begins, WWE is in a very different place than it was 12 months ago. Only Roman Reigns, who has been the Universal champion since Aug. 30, 2020, started and ended the year with his title intact. The second-longest reigning champions on the main roster are his cousins The Usos, who have held the SmackDown tag team championships since July.

Only two of the other titleholders on Saturday are arguably in a better position than they were 12 months ago. Then-United States champion Bobby Lashley would go on to become WWE champion and successfully defended that title at WrestleMania 37. He’d go on to lose to Big E, who was the Intercontinental champion, on…

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