Less than a week prior to Seth Rollins' clash with WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens at Hell in a Cell, Rollins defeated both KO and Chris Jericho in a Triple Threat match Monday night on Raw.
Rollins was able to pin both Owens and Jericho simultaneously.
After the match, Owens and Jericho teamed up to brutally attack Rollins, via WWE:
Eventually it would be Owens who walked away from the ring hoisting his WWE Universal title belt high into the air, via WWE Universe:
Jericho and Rollins met two weeks ago on Raw in a match with huge implications. Had Y2J won, he would have been placed in the Universal title match at Hell in a Cell to make it a Triple Threat.
The former architect of The Shield came out on top, however, and Jericho took a Pedigree to close the show with Owens looking on for the second week in a row.
After getting embarrassed by Rollins on multiple occasions, Jericho made it clear that he still believed he was better than the inaugural NXT champion, according to WWE Universe:
That led to a rematch between Rollins and Jericho last week with Jericho requesting that Owens watch from backstage rather than ringside.
The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla's best friend couldn't help himself, though, as KO eventually made his way back to the ring to support and cheer on Jericho.
The keeper of "the list" fell to Rollins once again despite Owens' presence, and Jericho blamed his loss on the Universal champ after the match:
With Rollins seemingly starting to drive a wedge between Team Jeri-KO, Raw general manager Mick Foley decided to book a big-time main event for the go-home edition of Raw prior to Hell in a Cell.
Conventional wisdom suggested that Monday's Triple Threat would be a glorified handicap match due to the alliance between Owens and Jericho, but the possibility of tension between them remained due to what happened the previous week.
The match also served as a litmus test of sorts for both Rollins and Owens, as they got an opportunity to feel each other out before meeting in wrestling's most demonic structure Sunday.
Momentum often says plenty about what could potentially happen at a pay-per-view, and Rollins has it firmly on his side.
That could hint toward Owens potentially retaining at Hell in a Cell, but since booking rarely follows any definitive rules, there is still plenty of unpredictability surrounding the Universal title bout at Hell in a Cell.
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