Despite scoring a heartfelt and initially decisive victory over Kevin Owens at Battleground, Sami Zayn — “directionless” in his own words — found himself back in the mix against his old friend Kevin Owens, who’s now the WWE Universal Champion and winning their “race,” in his own words. Zayn, as expected, gave Owens a hell of a fight, nearly snatching victory from the jaws of defeat when he aggravated his previously injured ankle and hit an exploder suplex to KO outside the ring.
Unfortunately, the hobbled Sami couldn't complete the Helluva Kick and Owens capitalized with a superkick and a powerbomb … and that’s when Roman Reigns came for payback of his own, having been denied the WWE Universal Title by Triple H as well last week. Chris Jericho arrived to give Owens some backup, but Mick Foley came to the rescue again, sanctioning Reigns vs. Owens for next week, where, if Reigns wins, he is added to the WWE Universal Championship Match at Clash of Champions. Reigns then laid out Jericho as a warning to The Prizefighter. Sinister alliances, demolished former friends, power struggles, and a looming threat from which the champion may not be able to escape? Just another week on The Kevin Owens Show.