Backstage WWE Rumors: Latest on Liv Morgan, Day 1 and Maryse

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2021

Backstage WWE Rumors: Latest on Liv Morgan, Day 1 and Maryse

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    Will Liv Morgan's recent push pay off with a Raw Women's Championship run?

    It is a question on the minds of fans following her loss to Becky Lynch Monday night on Raw and one answered in this week's collection of wrestling rumors and innuendo.

    The future plans for the young star top a lineup that also includes news on the Day 1 pay-per-view and whose idea the New Year's Day extravaganza was, as well as the return of Maryse to WWE programming.

Origins of WWE's Day 1 Pay-Per-View

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    Dave Meltzer revealed on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE's upcoming Day 1 pay-per-view is a Nick Khan idea and the company plans to load up the January 1 show to ensure it is a success. It is slated to become an annual event.

    There will be those that criticize Khan for pretty much anything he does at this point and while some of it is justified, coming up with fresh new concepts for pay-per-view events when the schedule has been littered with the same, tired gimmick shows for the last decade is far from a bad idea.

    Is the show likely to get obliterated in views by the New Year's Day college football games? Absolutely, and that is a lesson the WWE higher-ups will have to learn the hard way, but taking the initiative to come up with something new and different is commendable.

    This year's event will be headlined by a Universal Championship match pitting Roman Reigns against Brock Lesnar and what is currently set to be a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship between Big E, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. The introduction of Bobby Lashley to the mix Monday on Raw may result in it changing to a Fatal 4-Way, instead.

Will Liv Morgan Win the Raw Women's Championship?

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    Meltzer also reported in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Liv Morgan's push will end with a women's championship victory, even if it is short-lived.

    Morgan had her first major opportunity at capturing gold Monday on Raw, where she lost to Becky Lynch, who used the ropes for added leverage on a rollup.

    The former Riott Squad member has momentum on her side and has spent months building her star on WWE television. Her feud with Carmella earned her increased screen time while the current program with Lynch has fans solidly in her corner for the first time in her career.

    The sentiment is there, now it is time for WWE to pull the proverbial trigger and put the title on her to help pay all of it off.

    Meltzer suggesting the resulting title reign would be a short one is discouraging, if only because it insinuates Lynch would likely win it right back from her. Why WWE has this inherent need to put its titles on the women that are already perpetually over and don't need them to help give them a boost in the eyes of fans is a question only those in power can answer.

    We see the same criticism of Charlotte Flair every time she wins another title at the expense of someone who could greatly benefit from it more than she can.

    Lynch is a great heel and one of the best characters on WWE television but imagine what it would do for that Big Time Becks character to have her not hold the gold, to make her chase it again. It's been a long time since she has been in that position and the storytelling prospects are equally as great, if not more so, than her possessing it nonstop.

    Give Morgan the chance, let her win the gold and have her moment. Elevating her star to join Lynch and Bianca Belair on Raw only makes for a deeper, more credible division.

Update on Maryse's Role in WWE

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    Mike Johnson of reported Maryse is back on the Raw roster following her return with The Miz two weeks ago and will be used regularly moving forward.

    Maryse is a former two-time Divas champion in WWE and a vastly underrated heel. She has the attitude, presence and experience to be a major contributor as a high-profile heel on the flagship to not only help freshen her husband's character up but also to star in her own right.

    It remains to be seen just how active an in-ring performer she becomes but as a character on a show that could use more of them and less of randomly thrown-together matches just for the sake of eating up time, her return is a welcome one.

    With her husband currently embroiled in a rivalry with Edge, do not be surprised to see Maryse share the screen at some point with a fellow former women's champion, Beth Phoenix.