United States Championship Match
(C) Roman Reigns Vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho attacks Roman to start the match. After forcing him into the corner, Jericho lets loose with some big strikes to Roman. Y2J Irish whips Roman into the corner but the Champ rebounds with a big clothesline.
Roman gets a 2-count after a big kick. Jericho lands a missile dropkick on Reigns. Roman runs along the apron for a Superman punch but Jericho hits him with a springboard dropkick first. Outside the ring, Jericho sends Roman into the ring post face-first. Reigns just makes it back into the ring at 9. Jericho kicks down on Reigns as we head to a break.
We’re back and Roman is on the ground in a headlock. Roman starts to fight back but Jericho hits him with a kitchen sink. Jericho attempts a running bulldog but Reigns throws him off and into the corner. Reigns clobbers Jericho from behind a few times, then lands a sidewalk slam for a near-fall.
Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Reigns gets his knee’s up. Reigns takes to the corner and readies himself for a Spear. Jericho kicks Roman away but then Reigns lifts him for a powerbomb, which Jericho reverses into a hurricanrana. Jericho applies the Walls of Jericho but Reigns quickly slips through the legs and into a small package for a near-fall.
Jericho jumps off the top rope but gets caught in mid-air with a Superman punch! Near-fall again for Roman. Jericho dodges another Spear and Reigns hits the ring post. Jericho pulls off the turnbuckle padding and while the referee is putting it back on, Jericho grabs the US title. Jericho is ready to whack Reigns behind the referee’s back but then tosses the belt to Reigns and falls down, Eddie Guerrero style.
The referee argues with Reigns about what happened, then Jericho jumps up and hits a Codebreaker but Reigns kicks out! Jericho gets frustrated and runs at Owens in the corner but Reigns moves, hits the ropes and Spear’s Jericho for the win!
Winner: Roman Reigns
Not sure what purpose there is in keeping Reigns as US Champion, his reign has been entirely forgetful and Jericho could have made the belt fun but we’ll see what happens.
Nia Jax V Bayley is still to come, as is Goldberg on The Kevin Owens Show.
The Brian Kendrick Vs. TJ Perkins
Kendrick rushes Perkins in the corner and takes him down. Perkins recovers and hits a springboard cross body for a quick two count. A series of strikes leads to a running dropkick for another near fall for Perkins.
Kendrick throws his body out of the ring while holding onto Perkins’ arm, bouncing him off the ropes on the way out. Kendrick runs right into a superkick in the corner. Perkins gets him on the top rope for an impressive hurricanrana.
Perkins counters Sliced Bread No. 2 with a Detonation Kick into the kneebar. Kendrick is forced to tap out, giving TJ the win.
Winner: TJ Perkins
We get a look at the upcoming United Kingdom Tournament, taking place on January 14th and 15th. Enzo Amore and Big Cass are on their way ringside.
Before the match, Big Cass says Enzo can’t fight tonight, so he is going to fight both Rusev and Mahal by himself. Mahal starts for his team while Enzo rolls around the ring.
2-1 Handicap Match
Enzo Amore Vs. Rusev & Jinder Mahal
They lock up and Cass easily powers Mahal to the corner. He unloads with lefts and rights to the head and body. Rusev tries to attack, but Big Cass fights them both off.
Mahal teases attacking Enzo, which brings Cass out of the ring. Rusev takes advantage and hits a huge running side kick for the win.
Winners: Rusev & Jinder Mahal
We get a look back at the contest between Strowman and Sami Zayn. The Women’s Champion, Charlotte, comes out and joins the announce team for this next match.
Bayley Vs. Nia Jax
Bayley runs as the bell rings but Nia Jax pushes her off. Bayley can’t make any offence as Nia beats her down and around the ring. Nia is in full control and she gets Bayley in a chokehold of sorts.
Bayley fights off and shoves Nia into the corner. Nia then runs at Bayley in the opposite corner but she moves and Nia spears the ring post. Bayley starts fighting back but Nia quickly shuts it down and drops some big elbows, then a leg drop.
Nia climbs to the second rope but Sasha Banks’ music hits. With Nia distracted, Bayley jumps to the top rope and hits Bayley-to-Belly for the win!
Bayley is the number one contender now! Sasha comes down ringside, with her knee in a brace, and celebrates with Bayley. Bayley stares at Charlotte, while Nia stares a hole through Sasha.
Goldberg and Kevin Owens are up next!
The Kevin Owens Show starts and we’ve got a table in the ring, along with a guy standing with a KO Show placard over his head. Owens welcomes us to the first edition of his show.
Owens says the stupid idiot Rollins stopped him from helping his best friend beat that stupid idiot Roman Reigns and win the US Champion. Regardless of that, he says they’re main eventing Raw again.
Owens says his guest tonight needs no introduction; he’s a man that redefined the Attitude Era, a man who only needs to stand in the ring for fans to chant his name: Chris Jericho! The fans boo, and Chris Jericho says you know what happens when you chant for Goldberg during Raw, during The Kevin Owens Show? Tampa Bay just made the list!!
Jericho says he has a bombshell to drop, before Goldberg comes out. He announces that he will be the third entrant in the Royal Rumble. Owens asks what good that is, if he wins they have to fight. Jericho says it’s perfect because no matter who wins, they walk out the Universal Champion. Owens says it isn’t perfect, he doesn’t want to fight his best friend…and just then Goldberg interrupts them!
Goldberg comes into the ring and says that Jericho being in the Rumble match means that he’s first! Owens tells him to sit down and Goldberg tosses the chair from the ring. Goldberg takes his jacket off and Jericho calls him a neanderthal. Jericho asks him if he knows what happens when you throw chairs around? Goldberg faces up to him and says he knows what happens: a Spear and a Jackhammer.
Owens asks if he’s supposed to be intimidated because he threw furniture around. Kevin grabs the table and throws it out of the ring, then throws a chair out as well. Owens and Goldberg get face-to-face and start arguing and out comes Paul Heyman!
Heyman trolls the fans, pretending Brock is here. He gives us a spoiler for the Royal Rumble: Eat, Sleep, Eliminate, Repeat. Heyman says it a few times and says he could go on and on but Goldberg interrupts and tells him that he will take care of Lesnar again. He says he doesn’t care if it’s Lesnar or Owens, he will take the title. Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring.
Reigns calls Jericho and Owens delusional, saying they aren’t going to win anything. Roman turns to Goldberg and they square-up. They stare at each other for a few seconds before we hear a roar: Braun Strowman. Braun grabs a mic from a cowering Paul Heyman and says he will win the Royal Rumble. Jericho and Owens climb out of the ring.
Strowman enters the ring and comes up beside Goldberg and Reigns, who look at each other then double-Spear Strowman! They talk some trash before Roman walks off and Goldberg celebrates on the turnbuckle.
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