RAW is quickly becoming the Kevin Owens – Chris Jericho show. The WWE Universal “Champions” have been running things on the red brand for months, and while couple of challengers – including Seth Rollins have stepped up to challenge KO, the duo ensured that the coveted Universal title stays with them.
However, at the Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho won’t be in Owens’ corner, as Roman Reigns sets his sights on becoming the new WWE Universal Champion. Instead, Jericho will be locked inside a shark cage, and will be hung above the ring. With just a couple of weeks to go for the Royal Rumble, Jericho and Owens have one final opportunity to derail Roman Reigns’ momentum.
Going into this week’s edition of Monday Night RAW, it was announced by Stephanie McMahon that Roman would defend the WWE United States title against not one, but two men – Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens!
Also on last week’s show, Goldberg returned, and in the end, both Goldberg and Roman Reigns speared the behemoth, Braun Strowman. The big man wouldn’t be in the best of spirits, so what did Strowman have in store for the RAW locker room?
Stephanie tells Mick she wants The Undertaker on RAW
Last year, The Undertaker appeared on SmackDown Live, and told the SmackDown Superstars that if they didn’t win their Survivor Series match, he would personally ensure that they paid for their misgivings. On this week’s edition of RAW, Stephanie McMahon kicked things off backstage, as she told the General Manager of RAW that she would give him his performance review for 2016.
Stephanie told Mick that she wanted The Undertaker on RAW, as Seth Rollins interrupted the duo. Seth announced his entry in the Royal Rumble match, but Braun Strowman showed up, and wanted either Roman Reigns or Goldberg. Strowman and Rollins exchanged words, and got into a brawl, as the show got off to a bumpy start.
Roman Reigns versus Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho was scheduled to be the first bout, but Strowman came out and attacked Reigns. Rollins made the save with a chair, and Reigns decked Strowman with a chair as well. Roman and Rollins fended off Strowman, as Stephanie announced that the match would take place later on the show.
Seth Rollins faced Braun Strowman, and after some back and forth exchange, both men ended up on the outside, as Rollins missed with a dive on the outside. Both the Superstars ended up getting counted out, as Rollins sent Braun packing with a chair.
Backstage, Sasha Banks and Bayley were shown talking about the Royal Rumble. Nia Jax and Charlotte then showed up, and attacked the duo. Nia then shoved Charlotte and walked away!
Jack Gallagher faced Drew Gulak, and picked up the victory with the running dropkick.
Shawn Michaels returns to Monday Night RAW
WWE Hall of Famer and one of the greatest WWE Superstars in history, the “Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels made his way out, and talked about his career. The WWE Universe started a “One more match” chant, as Michaels talked about the Royal Rumble. Shawn then plugged his movie, but was interrupted by Rusev and Lana.
Rusev told Shawn that he should have Lana in his movie. Rusev called himself the “Bulgarian George Clooney”, as Shawn made fun of him. Big Cass and Enzo made their way out, and Shawn, Enzo and Cass made fun of Lana, Rusev and Jinder Mahal. This led to a match between Big Cass and Jinder Mahal.
Rusev tried to provide distraction, but Shawn dropped him with the Sweet Chin Music. Big Cass picked up the victory over Jinder with the Empire Elbow.
Lince Dorado faced Neville. After some good back and forth exchange, Neville locked Dorado in the Rings of Saturn submission hold. Dorado tapped out, but Neville refused to let go of the hold. Rich Swann ran down to make the save.
Luke Gallows faced Sheamus, with Cesaro and Karl Anderson on commentary. During the bout, Anderson tried to attack Cesaro, but Cesaro put Anderson in the Cesaro Swing instead. This distracted Gallows, as Sheamus dropped him with the Brogue Kick to pick up the victory.
The Undertaker returns to Monday Night RAW
The General Manager of Monday Night RAW, Mick Foley made his way out, and talked about The Undertaker. Foley then asked the Phenom to make his way to the ring, as the lights went out. However, Stephanie came out instead, and started giving Foley his performance review. Stephanie told Foley that he had positive and negative moments, but the lights went out again, as The Undertaker’s music played.
The Undertaker made his way out, and talked about the Royal Rumble. ‘Taker announced his entry in the Royal Rumble match, and said he was going to dig 29 holes for 29 souls, and vowed to headline WrestleMania this year! The Undertaker said he would be bringing the dark side to the Royal Rumble.
Sasha Banks and Bayley faced Charlotte and Nia Jax in a tag team match. Nia ended up pinning Bayley after the leg drop.
Backstage, Fox gave Noam Dar a kiss, and said Cedric was right, and Dar wouldn’t be able to handle her.
The New Day made their way out, as Titus O’Neil wanted another opportunity to become a member of The New Day. Titus apologised for his actions last week, and said he wanted one more chance to prove his worth. The New Day showed an embarrassing footage of Titus on NXT, as Kofi challenged Titus to a singles match.
Kofi defeated Titus after distractions from Big E and Woods.
Chris Jericho becomes the new WWE United States Champion
Stephanie McMahon made a handicap match between Roman Reigns and the team of Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens, with Reigns’ United States title on the line. Roman tried to even the odds by trying to lock Jericho in the shark cage on the entrance area, but wasn’t successful. The action was then brought back into the ring, as JeriKO regained control.
Roman Reigns made a brief comeback, but Owens power bombed him on the ring apron. Chris Jericho then dropped Reigns with the Codebreaker, and pinned him to become the new WWE United States Champion! Jericho celebrated with the title, as Owens joined in. RAW faded with Jericho and Owens celebrating their win!