Chris Jericho may have inadvertently put Kevin Owens’ WWE Universal Title reign in danger by accepting a match with Goldberg, but Owens’ dedication to his own best friend’s title remains as strong as ever. Less than an hour after a testy backstage confrontation over the Goldberg situation, Jeri-KO showed their unity and strength during Jericho’s title defense against Sami Zayn, who earned the right to challenge based off his defeat of Jericho on last week’s Raw.
Zayn’s never-say-die attitude carried him to the cusp of victory, despite Owens’ lingering presence at ringside. The Prizefighter only made his presence known at the exact moment of truth, superkicking Zayn right after he escaped the Walls of Jericho and just as the ref’s back was turned (Jericho was celebrating as though he had won). The maneuver left Sami loopy and Jericho pounced quickly, executing the Codebreaker to retain his title. Next up? The "Festival of Friendship." Prepare accordingly.