For the past few weeks, WWE has displayed large amounts of dissension between the self-proclaimed “Universal Champions,” Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. Growing a fondness of each other so much that they became best friends, the duo competed as a tag team initially against Enzo and Cass at SummerSlam. In what first appeared to be a one-off deal to get the “realest guys in the room” more credibility on the main roster, the Chris and Kevin duo was victorious and became one of the central points of Raw every week.
Recently, there have been many things that caused the team to be at odds with each other. Whether accidentally causing the other person the respective match or interfering despite being told not to, the partnership seemed to be on the road to dissolving. Kevin Owens let his frustration get the best of him, which caused a major rift in the relationship.
Since then, Owens has pleaded to reunite his friendship with Jericho.
At Roadblock: End of the Line, Owens appeared during Jericho’s match against Seth Rollins, generating the ire of the six-time world champion yet again as a result of costing him the match. Owens felt a great amount of sorrow for his actions and spent the rest of the show trying to make amends with Jericho.
During the main event between Owens and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship, Jericho came out towards the conclusion of the match. Surprisingly, he executed his codebreaker finisher on Owens, which made him win by disqualification. However, Jericho showed that it was all a ruse, celebrating with Owens post-match. Unfortunately for the two, both became recipients of the patented assisted powerbomb performed by two-thirds of The Shield, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
The following night on Raw, a tag team main event was announced for the show in Columbus, Ohio, as a result of what happened a night prior. Another match that was announced by General Manager Mick Foley was a rematch between Owens and Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble. This time, however, Jericho would be held in a shark cage above the ring to prevent his ongoing outside interference. Jericho had a glimpse of what it would feel like come January 29 as he was ascended above the ring “accidentally” by GM Foley.
During the tag team main event, Braun Strowman made his presence felt by interfering in the match, destroying both Reigns and Rollins. This caused Owens and Jericho to celebrate outside the ring as Strowman stood tall in the ring.
After the television cameras were off, Jericho and Owens returned to the ring like scavengers as they continued to pummel the beaten bodies of Reigns and Rollins. However, the former Shield members were able to regroup and defeat the villainous tag team.
Reigns and Rollins also managed to put Jericho back into the cage. When Owens tried to get him out, he also fell victim to entering the cage, and the two were both hoisted up. Jericho and Owens were begging to get down from the cage, while Reigns, Rollins, and the audience were laughing at what was transpiring.
What was even funnier is that when Reigns and Rollins said their goodbyes to the fans and went backstage, Jericho and Owens stayed in the cage for over 20 minutes, looking at different fans in the crowd and making fun of them while continually begging to be brought down and released. Jericho even looked at one fan with a small ponytail and made fun of him, while Owens piggy-backed and said that he needed to cut his hair.
One of the cameramen ended up having the key but started joking around with the two, faking that he was going to give them the key but jerking it back.
The crowd left the building with a significant level of laughter to an otherwise underwhelming episode of Raw.
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