Few people in the WWE locker room have had as wild a couple of weeks as Kevin Owens. First, the WWE Universal Champion found himself finagled into a title defense against Goldberg at WWE Fastlane thanks to his overzealous friend, Chris Jericho. Then, KO repaid Jericho by annihilating him during last week’s extravagant “Festival of Friendship.” So, what does The Prizefighter have to say for himself?
A lot, as far as Goldberg goes. Perched on a chair under a blinding spotlight, Owens assured the WWE Universe that he would not make the same mistake Brock Lesnar did, and would outlast and outsmart Goldberg in a marathon match. And as for Jericho? When it came time to address his former friend, Owens simply dropped the mic and walked out. Clearly, he said all he had to say last week.
Samoa Joe left Sami Zayn in a heap last week, but The Samoan Submission Machine wasn’t done with Zayn by a long shot after last week’s decimation. Off the heels of a backstage interview where Zayn threw some supplemental shade at Joe, The Destroyer jumped The Underdog from the Underground moments before Zayn’s scheduled bout with his eternal rival, Kevin Owens.
Zayn, of course, refused to call off the match despite being out on his feet, but the amount of damage Joe had done meant that he was little match for a revved-up KO, who dispatched him with a barrage of Cannonballs and a Pop-up Powerbomb in short order in what was surely a message to Goldberg. We'll find out next week if it was received.
Can Big Show stop Braun Strowman? No, he cannot, but he gave The Monster Among Men a hell of a fight in a clash of titans that required a reinforced ring and earned a “this is awesome” chant after the very first lock-up between the two giants. Show, perhaps expecting a slugfest, leaned heavily on his strength and power, but The Gift of Destruction shocked Show (and the audience) by breaking out the science and speed, including a side headlock and a kip-up (!), and transferring to pure power when warranted.
The World’s Largest Athlete briefly mounted The World’s Largest Comeback, stunning Strowman with a suplex, a pair of boots and a chokeslam, even landing a KO Punch to an airborne Strowman. But even that wasn’t enough to keep Strowman down. And while Show was able to kick out of one Running Powerslam, the second proved too much for him and Strowman claimed a hard-fought win.
Roman Reigns didn’t even wait two seconds to come after his WWE Fastlane opponent, and even though The Big Dog knocked Braun off his feet with the Superman Punch, Strowman got the last word (again) with a dropkick to a mid-Spear Reigns and a final Running Powerslam. So, can Roman Reigns stop Braun Strowman? No, he cannot, either.
In other action … WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens addressed Goldberg and his betrayal of Chris Jericho … Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. Cesaro & Sheamus to become No. 1 contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championship … The Brian Kendrick attacked Akira Tozawa … Raw Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Roman Reigns via Disqualification … The New Day def. Rusev & Jinder Mahal … Neville and Jack Gallagher signed their WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match contract … Nia Jax def. Sarah Pierce … and Sasha Banks def. Charlotte Flair.