WWE has announced an event for New Year's Day 2022.
The July 23 episode of SmackDown took place in Cleveland, Ohio, with two matches emanating from the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida. In the first bout, Angelo Dawkins defeated The Academy's Chad Gable. It was immediately followed by Bianca Belair defeating Carmella for the second consecutive week to retain her SmackDown Women's Championship.
Following her match, Bianca and NBA All-Star Trae Young (via video) announced that WWE would be kicking off 2022 in Atlanta with its first-ever PPV event on New Year's Day.
BREAKING: After @BiancaBelairWWE's win at #RollingLoud, @ATLHawks star @TheTraeYoung announced that WWE will kick off 2022 in Atlanta with its first-ever pay-per-view event on New Year's Day! pic.twitter.com/wIDg3OdEDU— WWE (@WWE) July 24, 2021
Although Young suggested the event be called 'New Year's Trey,' no official title was given. From 2005-2007, WWE presented a New Year's Revolution show, although none of them took place on January 1st.
WWE issued the following statement:
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE (NYSE: WWE) will kick off the new year at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Saturday, January 1, 2022, marking the first time in history that a WWE pay-per-view event will be held on New Year’s Day. The event will stream live on the night of New Year’s Day at 8 pm ET exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.
“I don’t know about you but I think New Year’s Trae would be a great name for the event, and I can’t think of a better way to bring in 2022 than with the WWE Universe,” said Atlanta Hawks All-Star Point Guard Trae Young, who exclusively announced the New Year’s Day event during tonight’s Friday Night SmackDown.
“State Farm Arena is a phenomenal venue with a long history of hosting world-class events,” said Scott Zanghellini, WWE Senior Vice President, Revenue Strategy & Development. “We’re excited to deliver this pay-per-view to the people of Atlanta and the many that travel to the city to celebrate New Year’s.”
Tickets for the New Year’s Day pay-per-view event go on sale Friday, August 27 at 10 AM ET via Ticketmaster.com. The event will feature Superstars from both SmackDown and Raw including WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, Raw Women’s Champion Nikki A.S.H, WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews, Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Omos, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos, United States Champion Sheamus, Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina, Drew McIntyre, Charlotte Flair, Randy Orton, Riddle, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Alexa Bliss and many more.