For the second time, Chris Jericho came after Roman Reigns’ United States Championship. And for the second time, Reigns retained. That being said, Jericho came pretty darn close, thanks in no small part to exploiting Reigns’ lack of a champion’s advantage. When going blow-for-blow with The Big Dog left Jericho at an impasse, he pulled “an Eddie” and framed Reigns for attacking him with the U.S. Title in an attempt to get the champion disqualified. (Conspicuous by his absence was Seth Rollins, who didn’t take advantage of his earlier victory and post up at ringside.)
The official didn’t quite buy Jericho’s subterfuge. But it was enough to give The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla a brief second wind that, perhaps, carried a little too much momentum with it. When Reigns dodged Jericho’s charge into the corner, the nine-time Intercontinental Champion went face-first into the turnbuckle, then staggered unwittingly into a match-ending Spear.