WWE Day 1 was kicked-off by a tag team match that saw Sheamus and Ridge Holland take on Cesaro and Ricochet.
Tensions between Cesaro and Holland have been rising ever since the former NXT star was drafted to SmackDown and insisted that he and Sheamus would be a better team than The Bar ever was. Holland and Sheamus have helped each other secure victories over Cesaro in recent weeks, only heightening the Swiss Superman's frustration. Ricochet entered into the mix when he eliminated Sheamus during last week's Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contenders Gauntlet.
A complete recap of the match can be seen below:
Cesaro & Ricochet vs. Sheamus & Ridge Holland
We start with Ridge Holland and Cesaro; Cesaro takes Holland down with a backbreaker, Cesaro tags in Ricochet, and Ricochet hits Holland in the nose by accident, and he is busted open. Ricochet pushes Holland into his corner, and Sheamus tags in as Holland is getting checked on by the medical team.
Sheamus takes control quickly; he hits Ricochet with a backbreaker and a few heavy clubbing shots. Michael Cole states that Holland was taken backstage and has a possible broken nose. Sheamus then hits Ricochet with some heavy clubbing shots again on Ricochet.
Ricochet jumps back into the ring, and he takes Sheamus down with a tornado DDT. Ricochet gets to Cesaro for the tag. Cesaro tosses Sheamus over the top rope; Cesaro hits Sheamus with a running uppercut.
Cesaro swings Sheamus fourteen times in the middle of the ring, Cesaro locks in the Sharpshooter. Sheamus grabs onto the ropes.
Sheamus takes Cesaro down with a big knee. He goes for the pin; Ricochet breaks up the pin. Sheamus hits Ricochet with White Noise outside of the ring. Sheamus gets back into the ring and hits Cesaro with the Brogue Kick; Sheamus pins Cesaro to victory.
Winners: Sheamus & Ridge Holland
Don't miss a second of the action on the #WWEDay1 Kickoff as @WWECesaro & @KingRicochet take on @WWESheamus & @RidgeWWE!— WWE (@WWE) January 1, 2022
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