- WWE Day 1 will emanate from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Saturday, January 1st, 2022
- WWE will kick off the new year with a bang by hosting two highly-anticipated top title matches
- Who do the WWE Day 1 odds favor in each bout? See odds, analysis, and our best bets below
For the first time ever, WWE will host a pay-per-view on New Year’s Day this Saturday to start 2022 on a high note. The inaugural installment of Day 1 will feature several exciting matchups, including two top championship clashes featuring notable names from the Raw and SmackDown brands.
In a rematch from Crown Jewel, Roman Reigns will defend the Universal title against Brock Lesnar in the night’s main event. Additionally, Big E will put his WWE title up for grabs in a star-studded Fatal 4-Way also involving Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Bobby Lashley.
Ahead of the event, let’s take a look at the favorites that will emerge victorious in the night’s four biggest bouts, according to the current WWE Day 1 odds.
WWE Day 1 2022 Odds
|Raw Women’s Championship Match||Odds|
|Becky Lynch (c)||-400|
|WWE Championship Fatal 4-Way Match||Odds|
|Big E (c)||-150|
|Universal Championship Match||Odds|
|Roman Reigns (c)||-300|
All odds as of December 31st
Edge vs Miz Odds
Edge and Miz both made their triumphant returns to Monday Night Raw eight days removed from Survivor Series and immediately set the stage for a heated clash at Day 1. The two have been at each other’s throats ever since, with Miz and his wife Maryse getting the better of The Rated-R Superstar at almost every turn.
Edge has been booked like a much bigger deal over the last year compared to Miz, which would explain why Edge is favored in the betting odds at -400 to Miz’s +250. He’s certainly the safe bet, but the possibility of Miz scoring the surprise victory shouldn’t be counted out, either.
All signs seem to point to a mixed tag team match pitting Miz and Maryse against Edge and his wife Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble. That only happens if Miz walks away with the win at Day 1, so this could be the rare instance where betting against the favorite isn’t ill-advised.
Raw Women’s Championship Odds
Liv Morgan has been in hot pursuit of Becky Lynch’s Raw Women’s Championship since becoming the number one contender right before Survivor Series. After unsuccessfully challenging for the title in the main event of Raw earlier this month, she was granted another shot due to Lynch utilizing underhanded tactics.
Despite her immense level of popularity at the moment, now isn’t the right time for Morgan to capture the championship. Lynch has reigned as champion every day she’s been active on the WWE roster since April 2019, so there’s no need for that streak to be interrupted at a lower-level event such as Day 1 instead of at WrestleMania.
Lynch is firmly favored in this bout at -400, and rightfully so. Morgan pulling out the upset would make for quite the joyous moment, but Lynch holding onto the gold through WrestleMania at the earlier simply makes for the stronger story.
WWE Championship Betting Outlook
All eyes have been on the WWE Championship over on Raw for the last several months, with current champ Big E in the center of it all. Seth Rollins originally earned a title shot by winning a Fatal 4-Way back in October only for Owens and Lashley to earn entry in the months that followed.
Realistically, with WrestleMania season fast approaching, any one of these men could emerge as the WWE champion. However, Big E is the best bet as there’s still some milage left in his title run and the odds reflect that.
Of the three challengers, Rollins comes the closest in the odds at +325 as far as posing a true treat to the title. This four-way will likely be designed to set up Big E vs. Rollins one-on-one at the Rumble later in the month.
Universal Championship Best Bet
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel back in October was exciting because fans genuinely had no idea what was going to happen and Day 1 has that same aura of unpredictability. Not only is it bound to be a hard-hitting affair, but there’s also a question of how Paul Heyman will factor into the finish after Reigns fired him as his “special council” in mid-December.
This is a contest that could very well go either way, but with Reigns slightly favored over Lesnar at -300 to +185, he’s the smarter selection. It has been heavily foreshadowed that Heyman will cost Reigns the championship, but it makes more sense for their split to be revealed as a ruse.
That would also manage to protect Lesnar in defeat if WWE chooses to revisit this rivalry between now and WrestleMania. Reigns’ run of dominance shouldn’t end just as 2022 begins.