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WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns

WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (No Disqualification Match, with Chris Jericho suspended above the ring in a shark cage)

After being cheated out of the WWE Universal Championship at Roadblock: End of the Line, Roman Reigns will have another opportunity to dethrone Kevin Owens in a No Disqualification Match at Royal Rumble 2017.

What’s different this time is the Superstar responsible for denying Reigns’ victory against Owens, KO’s best friend and new U.S. Champion Chris Jericho, will be suspended 20 feet above the ring in a locked shark cage and there will be no disqualification. The stipulation, introduced by Raw General Manager Mick Foley, effectively factors Jericho out of the equation on Sunday, Jan. 29. Jericho attacked Owens during the title contest at Roadblock: End of the Line, and though it at first appeared to be an act of betrayal, the ambush caused Reigns to be disqualified and allowed Owens to retain the championship.

Kevin Owens is released from the shark cage: Raw, Jan. 23, 2017

Having suffered the same fate that awaits Chris Jericho this Sunday at Royal Rumble, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens sympathizes with his best friend.

Owens and Jericho’s friendship, always in service of Owens’ title reign, can withstand the toll of an occasional Codebreaker, but how will the best buds, including the acrophobic Jericho, hold up under the unique conditions of the upcoming WWE Universal Championship Match? Will Owens and Jericho hatch another scheme to derail Reigns’ mission to regain the crown, despite Jericho being locked away in a cage high above the ring? Or, with the playing field now even, can The Big Dog pounce and take out The Prizefighter for Raw’s top title?

Watch the huge championship match at the 30th annual Royal Rumble, airing live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, Jan. 29, at special start time of 7 ET/4 PT.

After being cheated out of the WWE Universal Championship at Roadblock: End of the Line, Roman Reigns will have another opportunity to dethrone Kevin Owens in a No Disqualification Match at Royal Rumble 2017.

What’s different this time is the Superstar responsible for denying Reigns’ victory against Owens, KO’s best friend and new U.S. Champion Chris Jericho, will be suspended 20 feet above the ring in a locked shark cage and there will be no disqualification. The stipulation, introduced by Raw General Manager Mick Foley, effectively factors Jericho out of the equation on Sunday, Jan. 29. Jericho attacked Owens during the title contest at Roadblock: End of the Line, and though it at first appeared to be an act of betrayal, the ambush caused Reigns to be disqualified and allowed Owens to retain the championship.

Kevin Owens is released from the shark cage: Raw, Jan. 23, 2017

Having suffered the same fate that awaits Chris Jericho this Sunday at Royal Rumble, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens sympathizes with his best friend.

Owens and Jericho’s friendship, always in service of Owens’ title reign, can withstand the toll of an occasional Codebreaker, but how will the best buds, including the acrophobic Jericho, hold up under the unique conditions of the upcoming WWE Universal Championship Match? Will Owens and Jericho hatch another scheme to derail Reigns’ mission to regain the crown, despite Jericho being locked away in a cage high above the ring? Or, with the playing field now even, can The Big Dog pounce and take out The Prizefighter for Raw’s top title?

Watch the huge championship match at the 30th annual Royal Rumble, airing live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, Jan. 29, at special start time of 7 ET/4 PT.