Wrestling fans around the world were excited to witness the spectacle of WWE Day 1 2023, a highly anticipated Pay-Per-View (PPV) event. Unfortunately, what was meant to be a day of epic entertainment quickly turned into confusion and disappointment when the event did not take place as expected.
This sudden change of plans left wrestling fans wondering what happened to the PPV/Premium Live Event. Was it cancelled or postponed? What were the contributing factors that led to this unexpected outcome?
The company ran a Day 1 event in 2022, with January 1st of the year taking place on Saturday; it presented a perfect opportunity for the company to run a Premium Live Event for fans to enjoy live.
That would not be the case for 2023, and it appears as though the event itself overall has been cancelled going forward.
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Has WWE Day 1 2023 been cancelled?
Reporting back in October 2022, Wrestlenomics revealed exclusively on its Patreon that the show had been cancelled and would not be rebranded to a different name nor would there be a replacement show.
“WWE’s Day 1 premium live event isn’t taking place, according to multiple sources. The event originally scheduled for January 1, 2023 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta isn’t being rescheduled or rebranded,” the site revealed.
There’s no PLE for WWE expected between Survivor Series on November 26 and Royal Rumble on January 28. We couldn’t confirm a reason, but the cancellation could be related to appeasing WWE’s business partner NBCUniversal” the site added.
“Day 1 would’ve gone head-to-head on Peacock with NBC’s last Sunday Night Football game of the regular season, when the Los Angeles teams, the Rams and Chargers, play each other. Many other neighbouring weeknights would obviously conflict with WWE TV. Holding a WWE event the night prior on Saturday would mean running it on New Year’s Eve,” Wrestlenomics concluded.
Could Day 1 come back?
It has not officially been confirmed if the WWE Day 1 concept is completely dead, but it is likely to not be used by the company for some time.
With January 1st 2024 taking place on a Monday, January 1st 2025 taking place on a Wednesday and January 1st 2026 taking place on a Thursday, we absolutely will not be seeing the show taking place for at least half a decade!
Whilst you can never say never, it’s likely that the Day 1 concept has been put to bed for now.