Depending on whom you ask, Roman Reigns cost Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho a Survivor Series victory. But while that hot take is up for debate, it’s pretty clear that Reigns may well end up costing Owens the WWE Universal Championship if the cards fall in his favor. The Big Dog opened Raw by crashing Owens’ spot on “The Highlight Reel” — originally meant as a Thanksgiving celebration wherein Jeri-KO gave thanks for each other — and inferring that The Prizefighter can’t get through a title defense without Jericho at his side. A rattled Owens was sufficiently goaded into: 1) shutting down Jericho’s attempts to put Reigns on The List of Jericho, 2) flat-out stating he doesn’t need Jericho in his corner, and 3) agreeing to a bout with Reigns where, if “The Guy” wins, he becomes No. 1 contender to KO’s title at Roadblock: End of the Line.
Well, it’s fair to say Chris Jericho’s night went from bad to worse in a hurry. Not only did The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla walk out of Raw in a huff and seemingly denounce Kevin Owens after KO dismissed him in the opening of the show, he ran smack into a vengeful Seth Rollins as he attempted to leave the Spectrum Center parking lot. Taking advantage of a brief distraction when Jericho’s limo driver knocked The List of Jericho from his hand, The Architect sprang on his foe. Despite not being medically cleared to compete, Rollins pummeled Jericho mercilessly, culminating in a brutal Pedigree atop the roof of a rental car.
According to Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens cannot win without Chris Jericho by his side. As you may recall, Owens disagreed with this statement. Well, Jericho got taken out by Seth Rollins, and a solo Owens lost to Reigns. Draw whatever conclusions you want from that, but one is inescapable: Reigns is now the No. 1 contender to KO’s WWE Universal Championship.
Owens, it must be said, had plenty of chances to put The Big Dog away. But Reigns had an answer for each time, and once he muscled his way out of Chinlock City, Owens got desperate. The Big Dog gained momentum as Owens (who later blamed the loss on concern for Chris Jericho’s well-being) progressively lost his, following up a pair of massive Superman Punches with a Spear to punch his ticket to Roadblock: End of the Line.
For those of you wondering how long Brock Lesnar was going to sit idle after being embarrassed by Goldberg at Survivor Series, the answer was, “eight days.” Eight days after being Jackhammered into an 0-2 hole against the former World Heavyweight Champion, The Beast Incarnate’s next move has been declared. In an emotional interview with Michael Cole, a disheveled Paul Heyman admitted to taking Goldberg lightly in the lead-up to Survivor Series. He also promised the “humiliation” and “embarrassment” of his fearsome client would be avenged when Lesnar — who now has “something to prove” — enters the 2017 Royal Rumble Match. A match which, you’ll remember, has only one other confirmed competitor thus far: Goldberg.
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