Raw Recap: October 17, 2016
S2016 episode 1221 Aired on October 17, 2016

Again! Last week’s Raw closed out with Seth Rollins defeating Chris Jericho to keep Hell in a Cell’s WWE Universal Title Match a one-on-one affair between The Architect and titleholder — and Jericho’s “best friend” — Kevin Owens. And after goading Jericho into a bragging rights rematch by putting his friendship with Owens on blast, Rollins opened Raw by doing … it, again.

Oddly enough, he has Owens to thank for the victory. Looking to remind the WWE Universe of his skills following his recent slump, Jericho battled past a game Rollins and landed a successful application of the Walls of Jericho. Owens — whom Jericho had initially sent to the locker room to prove his solo bonafides — attempted to give his buddy the assist by yanking the bottom rope out of Rollins’ reach. The referee, unfortunately, saw the interference and demanded Jericho release the hold, which he did, just before suffering a Pedigree for the third consecutive week.

This led to a heated backstage confrontation that didn't please Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, who accepted SmackDown LIVE's Survivor Series challenge and needed Owens and Jericho to work together. Luckily, Raw General Manager Mick Foley made lemonade by sanctioning a massive Triple Threat for next week's Raw — Owens vs. Rollins vs. Jericho. Drink it in, man.

Oh, yes. Oh, yes. It is happening. After a 12-year absence from WWE, Goldberg (!!!) returned to Raw (!!!) to answer Paul Heyman’s challenge on behalf of Brock Lesnar with a resounding, to-the-point “yes.” Given free rein to speak his mind in Raw’s closing moments, the former World Heavyweight Champion admitted that — even after the “SportsCenter” interview — he was more than willing to stay retired until Heyman’s trash-talk stoked his competitive fire.

All things considered, Goldberg said, he’s definitely got one more Spear, one more Jackhammer, and one more fight left in him. He accepted Heyman’s challenge (to be answered by Lesnar, live on Raw next week), and he signed off with an ominous variation on his signature war cry, directed squarely at The Beast Incarnate: “You’re last.”

In other action... Mark Henry & The Golden Truth def. Titus O’Neil & The Shining Stars... Raw Tag Team Champion Big E def. Sheamus... Bo Dallas def. Neville... Dana Brooke def. Bayley... Braun Stroman def. The Mile-High Trio... U.S. Champion Roman Reigns confronted Rusev and Lana... Big Cass def. Karl Anderson... and Brian Kendrick, Tony Nese & Drew Gulak def. WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann.

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