Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, March 6th, 2017
Location: The Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
We see footage from last night’s WWE Fastlane PPV event. Kevin Owens was set to defend his WWE Universal Championship against Goldberg, but then Chris Jericho’s music hit to distract him. Goldberg gave Owens a Spear and a Jackhammer to win the title in 21 seconds. Jericho, who had helped Owens retain his championship many times, cost him the title.
Chris Jericho makes his return to Monday Night RAW
Chris Jericho’s music hits, and the WWE United States Champion makes his way to the ring for his first appearance on RAW since being attacked during the “Festival of Friendship.” The crowd is going crazy for him and chanting “Y2J.” Jericho says this is the birthplace of Y2J. Even more so, tonight is the sight of the resurrection of Chris Jericho. The reason for that is last night at Fastlane, he screwed Kevin Owens out of the Universal Championship. Jericho congratulates Goldberg. Owens had it coming for betraying him at the “Festival of Friendship.” Owens ripped his heart out and stabbed his knife into the Back of Jericho – twist it in, man. Jericho is hurt and confused. Jericho wants to know why Owens did that. Jericho calls him out to hear the answer to the question of “why”.
Kevin Owens’ music this, and the former WWE Universal Champion makes his way to the stage dressed in his ring gear. The crowd cheered for his music, but it quickly turned into boos. Owens says after what Jericho did to him last night, he’s not giving him the answer. Jericho shouts at him to be quiet. Jericho says, “Answer the question, you son of a –” Jericho stops him and asks why a guy he trusted for eight months betrayed him. Why did Owens stab him in the back? He’s been in the hospital for three weeks. Owens has an answer for him. The reason he stabbed his best friend in the back is because he didn’t stab his best friend in the back: Jericho was never his best friend.” Jericho looks sad. Owens says his one-time best friend Sami Zayn was stabbed in the back. Owens would do it again and again. Jericho on the other hand was a tool that he used. The night he became Universal Champion, Triple H told him everyone is coming for him. Owens decided to get someone to watch his back. Owens needed that person to know what they were doing. That person needed to have experience, but also be gullible. If it makes Jericho feel any better, he was a perfect tool until he outlived his usefulness. That happened the second Jericho accepted the match against Goldberg on his behalf. Jericho went from a tool to a burden. That’s why he turned on him. Owens asks if he’s happy. Jericho doesn’t look happy.
The crowd starts chanting, “Goldberg.” Owens says he would have beaten Goldberg last night if not for Jericho. Owens admits that Jericho outsmarted him last night. Owens spared him at the “Festival of Friendship.” Owens let him walk away for his family because he is a good person, but he could have ended him. Letting Jericho walk away was the biggest mistake of his career that he won’t make again. The biggest mistake of Jericho’s career was costing him the title at Fastlane.
Jericho says the biggest mistake of his career was trusting Owens. Years ago, Jericho would have done the same exact thing. Jericho would have done it better. Jericho was complacent and liked the idea of having a best friend. Owens isn’t his best friend, and he doesn’t need him. Jericho has a lot of friends here tonight – thousands of them. Jericho says, “I have The Friends of Jericho – cheer me on, man!” The crowd loudly chants, “Y2J.” Jericho says if this is how it’s going to be, that’s fine. Costing him the Universal Championship wasn’t the end. It’s just the beginning. Jericho says what started at Fastlane was the beginning of a long and winding road that leads to Kevin Owens versus Chris Jericho at WrestleMania! Jericho points at the sign while the crowd chants, “YES!” Owens says he doesn’t give a damn what the crowd likes. After last night, Jericho might think that all he wants is to get the Universal Title back. He was promised a rematch whenever he wants one. Ever since Jericho took his title away from him, all he can think about is taking Jericho’s title away from him. Owens says if Jericho wants him at WrestleMania, he has to put the United States Title on the line. Jericho says, “Mmm ok, done.” Jericho agrees to the match for the WWE United States Championship at WrestleMania.
As for tonight, why wait until WrestleMania? They should get it on now. Jericho asks him what’s stopping him. Owens charges down to the ring, and they brawl to a big reception. Samoa Joe runs in from behind and attacks Jericho. They double-team him while the crowd boos. Sami Zayn’s music hits, and he runs down to the ring with a steel chair. Zayn hits Owens and Joe in the midsection with the chair before smacking it off the back of Joe. Owens attacks Zayn, and they double-team him. Jericho then hits Owens and Joe with the chair. Jericho appears to give Owens a chairshot to the head. Jericho and Zayn stand tall in the ring.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
We join this match in progress. Owens clotheslines and chops Zayn in the corner. General Manager Mick Foley made this match during the commercial and banned Samoa Joe from ringside. They get into a hockey brawl with Zayn coming out on top. Owens is sent into the ropes and kicks Zayn in the face. Zayn answers back with a clothesline before punching away at him in the corner. Owens soon kicks him and sends him out of the ring. Owens follows him out, and Zayn clotheslines him on the floor. Zayn sends him into the barricade before putting him back in the ring. Owens quickly clotheslines him in the corner when he gets back in before crushing him with a cannonball. Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Zayn counters into a dropkick. Owens goes outside the ring to recover. The referee backs Zayn up. Zayn then flips over the referee to hit Owens with a summersault senton. Zayn puts him back in the ring, but Owens surprises him with a Pop-up Powerbomb. Owens takes a moment before punching away at Zayn. Owens does a summersault leg drop before connecting with a pumphandle neckbreaker. Zayn is in a lot of pain. Owens then gets him to his feet and crushes him with a decisive Pop-up Powerbomb for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kevin Owens
Later tonight, Chris Jericho will face Samoa Joe. We’ll also see the new WWE Universal Champion, Goldberg, as well. Coming up next, Neville will defend his WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Rich Swann.