Payback is defined as “an act of retaliation” — how fitting for this United States Championship WrestleMania rematch between former best friends Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens, who claimed the star-spangled title from Jericho at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.
As the story infamously goes now, Jericho and Owens ran roughshod over Raw for months, having one another’s back en route to Owens becoming a dominant Universal Champion and Jericho keeping a stranglehold on the United States Title. However, KO flipped the script when he betrayed and brutalized Jericho during their “Festival of Friendship” on Raw. The six-time World Champion would return and cost Owens his Universal Title at WWE Fastlane, but The Prizefighter has recaptured the last laugh. Owens overcame his now-bitter foe at WrestleMania 33, taking Jericho’s United States Title following a savage Powerbomb on the ring apron.
What’s next for these former friends-turned-archrivals? Payback, in every sense of the word. Can Owens put the definitive period on his conflict with Jericho and retain the United States Championship? Or will the curator of The List retaliate and pry another title from The Prizefighter’s hands?
Many speculate that this is to be the feud of 2017 when it comes to the United States Championship – god I hope not, while their match at WrestleMania was good, rematches normally end one of two ways either a classic or a damn right failure.
With that said, at Payback – I don’t believe this will be a feud that going to play hot potato with the title that often, I pick Kevin Owens to retain.