You know what happens when you slam Chris Jericho face-first through the obscenely expensive JeriTron 6500 during the Festival of Friendship? You know what happens? He costs you the Universal Championship, that’s what happens.
Yep, Kevin Owens is no longer Champion of the Universe, with the G.O.A.T. having exacted his payback against his former BFF by enabling Goldberg to claim KO’s title at WWE Fastlane. And when he demanded Owens justify his betrayal those many weeks ago, Owens was entirely unrepentant — in fact, he claimed Jericho was an insurance policy that had outlived its usefulness. Owens also revealed his only regret was that he didn’t finish the job. Thankfully for Owens, Jericho was quick to present just such an opportunity, challenging KO to a bout at WrestleMania. Owens accepted with the caveat that Jericho’s United States Championship be put at stake, and then he hit the ring to get some early shots in on The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla. KO got some help in the form of Samoa Joe, but it turns out there were reinforcements waiting in the wings for Jericho as well: his old rival Sami Zayn, with a steel chair in tow. What a difference a month makes!
So Goldberg is Universal Champion, and his bout with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania just got that much more high-stakes. This fact was not lost on The Conqueror himself, who interrupted Goldberg’s victory lap on Raw right before the champion was about to “divulge” something he’d never revealed in his life. The reason, as explained by Paul Heyman, was that Lesnar wanted to shake Goldberg’s hand in congratulations … at least before Brock conquers Goldberg at WrestleMania and becomes the new reigning, defending Universal Champion. Heyman’s trash-talk got so brash, in fact, that Goldberg did something he’d never done before: Take his eyes off Lesnar. And then Lesnar did something he hadn’t done in a good long while: Land an F-5 on Goldberg. 27 days to go.
Braun Strowman started Raw in a foul mood, demanding that Roman Reigns present himself so The Monster Among Men could finish what he started at WWE Fastlane. Imagine how he felt when he got someone a lot … deader.
Before Reigns’ music could blare through the speakers, the gong tolled and The Undertaker returned to face The Gift of Destruction down. Strowman stood brave for longer than anyone expected, but The Phenom proved to be a little bit more competition than he was ready for. Once Strowman took his leave, Reigns finally appeared and got right in The Deadman’s face, going so far as to claim “This is my yard now.” The Undertaker responded by staring long and hard at the WrestleMania sign before obliterating Reigns with a chokeslam that all but sent The Big Dog to hell. Not quite his yard yet, in other words.
In other action … Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn … WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville def. Rich Swann … Raw Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore & Big Cass via Disqualification … Akira Tozawa def. Ariya Daivari … The New Day def. The Shining Stars … Sasha Banks def. Raw Women's Champion Bayley to make the Raw Women’s Championship Match a Triple Threat at WrestleMania … Triple H addressed Seth Rollins' rehabilitation … and Samoa Joe def. U.S. Champion Chris Jericho via Count-out.