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2022 WWE Day 1 results, recap, grades: Brock Lesnar pins Big E to win WWE championship in wild main event

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An hour before the start of the Day 1 kickoff show, the event underwent a radical transformation with news that Roman Reigns had tested positive for COVID-19 and was out of his Universal Championship defense against Brock Lesnar. Lesnar was then added to the WWE Championship match, turning the bout into a deadly five-a-side fight with Big E champion Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley and Lesnar.

Although he hadn’t been in the game a few hours before, Lesnar ended the night by winning the championship by taking Big E down with an F-5 to score the pin. It was a shocking end to a Day 1 event that saw a lot of action from start to finish.

But no moment will stand out like the title win for Lesnar, which likely sets up a main champion vs. champion WrestleMania event between Lesnar and Reigns.

CBS Sports was with you throughout the event, providing updates and highlights as the action unfolded in the live blog below.

2022 WWE Day 1 results, ratings

Cesaro & Ricochet vs. Ridge Holland & Sheamus (kickoff match): A bit odd game at first as Ricochet landed a kick and knee when he was knocked down by Cesaro who likely broke Holland’s nose, spilling a lot of blood and sending Holland outside where he stayed throughout the fight, leaving Sheamus to participate in what was effectively a handicap match. Despite the disadvantage, Sheamus continued to fight hard, including hitting Ricochet with White Noise on the floor at ringside. With Ricochet out, Cesaro and Sheamus got into a scuffle before Sheamus could hit a Brogue Kick for the win. It ended up being a bit awkward, obviously, but three seasoned pros managed to put together a game on the fly that worked well. Sheamus & Ridge Holland def. Cesaro & Ricochet via pinfall. Category B-

SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Usos (c) vs. The New Day: A few quick beacons to work on Jimmy Uso helped New Day master the early moments of the match. It didn’t last long, however, before the Usos used underhanded tactics to take over, isolating Kofi Kingston and forcing King Woods to watch. The hot tag finally came for Woods and he performed the expected series of big moves before nearly finishing off Jimmy Uso. Jey Uso helped turn things around quickly by pushing his brother out of the way of a dip in the woods and allowing Jimmy to come off the top rope with a corkscrew body block for a close fall. The Usos would end up aiming for Kingston’s knee, the same knee they’d injured weeks before. Kingston hit back and hit the SOS on Jey for a close fall and Jey also survived a back-breaker combination stomping on the third string moments later. The wild falls continued as the Usos hit a stereo splash on Kingston only to have Woods break the pin. The Usos won a bit of nowhere with a 3-D on Kingston to score the pin. No surprise here, these two teams have exceptional chemistry and it played out wonderfully again. Using a 3-D is an unexpected wrinkle for The Usos. The Usos (c) def. The New Day via pinfall to keep the titles. Note: A-

Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss: McIntyre dominated the opening stretches of the game, including hitting brutal chops, but Moss managed to hit back. Moss’s aggressiveness when in control eventually backfired as he charged full speed into the tensioner. McIntyre had a big run before a close crash with a huge spinebuster. Moss didn’t go quietly, making a few attempts to come back, but McIntyre mostly stayed in control before hitting a Claymore to put the match away. Surprisingly long, Moss was given a bit of credibility by hanging out with McIntyre before the obvious result. Drew McIntyre beat. Madcap Moss via pinfall. Category B-

Raw Tag Tag Team Championship – RK-Bro (c) vs. The Street Profits: Migos was in RK-Bro’s corner, running the ring with the champions. After Profits took over Riddle early on, Riddle scored Randy Orton with massive pop. Orton slowed down Profits’ quick attack with a thumbs up in Montez Ford’s eye. Riddle continued to be the weakest link in the team, repeatedly losing his team’s momentum when hit. Orton took a hot tag and ran a run that included a double suspended DDT, but Ford managed to send Orton crashing into the shoulder first. in the ring post before hitting a dive on the ring post on the two members of RK-Bro. After some back and forth between Orton and Ford, Riddle entered the ring to blast Ford through the air and into an Orton RKO as the Champions held back. It was a fun tag match, but not quite able to break through the very high bar set by New Day and The Usos earlier in the series. RK-Bro (c) a def. The Street Profits via pinfall to hold the securities. Category B

Edge vs. The Miz: A minor attack to start the game left Miz on fire and climbed the turnbuckles to celebrate. Edge came back to almost secure a first crossover before Miz could get out of danger. Edge worked methodically on Miz, but not before Miz was able to attack Edge’s knee. Miz eventually returned to score a near fall with a DDT. Despite Miz’s brief success, Edge returned to the attack until Miz was able to take over from outside the ring, smashing Edge’s face in the announcement table multiple times. As was the theme of the match, as soon as Miz seemed in control, Edge hit back, this time dragging Miz into the table as Miz tried to continue his attack. Miz’s earlier work on Edge’s knee came back into play when he locked Edge into a number four before going for a pin with his feet on the ropes, before being caught by the ref. Edge came back eventually locking the crossface only for Maryse to put Miz’s foot on the ropes to break the hold. Edge eventually lined up for a spear only for Miz to jump over the movement and send Edge crashing into the tensioner. Miz distracted the ref, allowing Maryse to punch Edge with her purse and send him into a crushing final from Miz and a near fall. Edge’s wife Beth Phoenix then entered the ring, scare Maryse away. Miz turned away from Phoenix to be hit with a late-game spear. The game was not particularly good and felt rather painful most of the time. Still, we’ll almost certainly get a match between the two couples down the road. Def. The Miz via pinfall. Note: C-

Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan: Morgan went straight for the champion, trapping Lynch in the corner and landing one knee before stomping her into the ground. Morgan grabbed Lynch in a version of the Rings of Saturn until Lynch managed to put one foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Lynch slowed the challenger by countering a rana attempt by swinging Morgan through the turnbuckles, then throwing her into the bottom rope. Even when Lynch was in charge, Morgan managed to frustrate her, including throwing a suplex that exploded at one point. Lynch briefly locked in an armband, but Morgan was able to counter a pin before also hitting a facebuster for a close fall. Moments later, Morgan nearly clinched victory with a sunset powerbomb. Morgan got some revenge on Lynch for past assaults when she trapped Lynch’s arm in the steps of the ring and landed several stompings. This set up another Ring of Saturn, but Lynch hit back with a pin. Seconds later, Morgan attempted to punch Oblivian but Lynch replied in a Manhandle Slam for the pin. Things got a little worse at the end of the match. Morgan doesn’t do “signifying” very well and his attack on Lynch’s arm wasn’t convincing and the final counter in the Manhandle Slam was far from smooth, as was the fact that Lynch was clearly meant to win by having the feet on the ropes but couldn’t reach it. Still, it was a perfectly usable match, if not at the level of most major WWE women’s flagship matches. Becky Lynch (c) defeated. Liv Morgan via pinfall to retain the title. Category B

WWE Championship – Big E (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar: Rollins and Owens tried to team up on Lesnar from the opening bell, but Lesnar hit both men with a streak of German suplexes before Big E jumped into the ring and knocked Lesnar out with a pair of ropes. laundry. After leading Big E into the ring post, Lashley stabbed Lesnar through the ring barricade. Rollins and Owens teamed up to take out Lashley first and then Lesnar, with Rollins holding Lesnar out of the ring while Owens came out of the apron with a frog splash. The duo then led the steps of the ring in the heads of Lashley and Lesnar. The announcers office didn’t go far in the game, with Big E using a uranage to get Lashley through.

Lesnar finally made his return to the game, hitting Rollins, Big E and Owens with F-5s before turning into a Lashley spear for a near fall. Big E hit Lashley with a Big Ending and tried to do the same with Lesnar, only for Lesnar to counter in an F-5 for the win. This game was played out at around 100 miles an hour from the opening bell, which made for a really good time. Sadly, pulling the belt on Lesnar, who wasn’t even in the game hours before the show, is the kind of decision that’s hard to justify. Lesnar vs. Reigns in a title vs. title match seems like your main event at WrestleMania. If you were to end Big E’s reign, it could easily have happened without him having to eat the pin. Still, the game was a really wild and fun race. Brock Lesnar wins the title by pinning Big E. Note: A-

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