Tonight’s Day 1 event was not the event that WWE originally had planned, as the main event of the night had to be switched after it was revealed that Roman Reigns had tested positive for COVID-19. That was reported not too far ahead of the event, so WWE had to shift some things around, as Reigns was poised to defend his Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar. Seeing as they needed a new opponent for Lesnar, WWE chose to insert him into the Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Championship, and Lesnar ended up pinning Big E to become the new Champ. It was a big shock, and fans are pretty divided on whether it was the right move.
If things had proceeded as planned, Lesnar would have faced Reigns and likely lost, while Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens would have taken on Big E for the title. Since Lesnar wasn’t in the match, E was either going to retain or someone else in that match was going to pin him, and any of those choices would have probably received less backlash from fans.
That said, many fans are annoyed that Big E lost at all, and others are kind of disappointed over his overall title run and how it was handled. Others understand the change and are excited and amused at Lesnar winning the title that he wasn’t even in the cards for just a few hours earlier.
You can see some of the reactions pouring in starting on the next slide, and let us know what you thought of the match in the comments!
Nah but serious question why did Big E have to get pinned out of everyone in the match?
Especially if you’re tryna present Brock as a babyface why would he not pin a heel
Only Way I Can Forgive
if big e wins the rumble then i can forgive this very annoying decision. but until then i shall be a very upset human being
— SomethinWrestles (@WeirdWrestleMan) January 2, 2022
— Vince 22 (@VinceG222) January 2, 2022
World Title Snatcher
Someone from New Day: Wins a world title
Brock Lesnar: pic.twitter.com/5AhSF82NDX
— Ari ? (@CharlotteEmpire) January 2, 2022
Brock Lesnar is the Thanos to the New Day’s Avengers. First Kofi Kingston, now Big E. WWEDay1
— Mikey Bats (@MikeJBknows) January 2, 2022
WWE did Big E no favors with how he won that title, or how he defended it, and then how he lost it.
Cashing in on an injured Lashley.
Losing clean to Roman when everyone else lost bc of interference.
5 people in that match and Big E had to be the one to take the pin.
— khris. (@notKHRIS) January 2, 2022
Can Do Worse
I’m not mad at all. E was as great a babyface WWE Champ can get in the 2020s. You can do way worse than eating a pin from Brock Lesnar. Take it easy guys lol relax.
— Kazeem Famuyide (@Kazeem) January 2, 2022
— BibekDahal?? (@bibekdahal76) January 2, 2022
— Fact5 Wrestling (@Fact5Wrestling) January 2, 2022
They gave us the moment. They didn’t care about the reign. I’m hurt and disappointed. No matter our effort, we will never be seen as enough. This man worked his ass off to get here and stay here. I’m just disappointed. WWEDay1 pic.twitter.com/AtA1ten4BI
— Jaychele Nicole ? (@jaychelenicole) January 2, 2022