Roman Reigns (c) vs Chris Jericho
WWE United States Championship
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, United States
(reviewed 01/05/2017) I heard some smatterings of people say that this was better than the Zayn vs Strowman LMS on the same show, which strikes me as unlikely but hey, I’ll watch it anyway. Extra little gimmick here is that Roman will lose the title if he’s counted out or disqualified. Jericho takes control early on with a cheap shot, surviving Roman’s strength and size advantage by applying his speed and veteran wiles. He hits a dropkick right to Roman’s jaw early on, and Roman does quite well to keep selling it throughout the rest of the match, which may just mean that it was a bit snug. Roman goes face-first into the ring post from a mistimed dropkick and is nearly counted out in a spot that kicks things into a higher gear. Back from commercial, Roman fights his way free of a headlock but is taken down once again with a kitchen sink. He’s able to send Jericho into the corner on a bulldog attempt, though, following it up with some clotheslines and something that looks suspiciously like an Ore ga Taue. A series of reversals back and forth end with Roman turning a Walls of Jericho into a small package before countering a real bad flying nothing into a Superman Punch for two. Jericho avoids a pair of spears, sending his opponent into the corner post on the second one, before removing the pad from one of the turnbuckles. The referee catches him doing it, though, and when the referee goes to replace the pad, Jericho sneaks the United States title into the ring before tossing it to Roman and pretending that he’s been hit with it. The referee admonishes Roman, but when it’s clear that there won’t be a DQ, Jericho hits him with a Codebreaker for a nearfall. After yelling at the ref, Jericho charges at Roman in the corner, but Roman moves and Jericho’s head collides with the still-exposed turnbuckle. Thought the ref put the pad back on, but in any case, Roman hits a spear to retain his title. Not bad, just a real professional little bit of TV wrestling to further storylines and make the people happy.