Kevin Owens Beats Chris Jericho to Win US Championship at WWE WrestleMania 33

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2017

Photo credit: WWE.com.

Kevin Owens got revenge on former best friend Chris Jericho on Sunday at WrestleMania 33, as he defeated him to win the United States Championship.

In both NXT and WWE, Owens has incapacitated numerous stars with his powerbomb onto the ring apron. Jericho was again on the receiving end of the devastating move, which Owens used to secure a pinfall and take the title.

WrestleMania tweeted a photo of Owens standing victorious on the entrance ramp:

Will Pruett of ProWrestling.net enjoyed the match:

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick was also impressed by what he saw:

Jericho may have lost the title, but he will be a strong contender for best dressed at WrestleMania 33. Pro Wrestling Sheet's Ryan Satin highlighted Y2J's eye-catching scarf:

Jericho and Owens first joined forces last summer, and it wasn't long before they reached the top of the mountain on Raw.

KO became the second Universal champion due largely to a helping hand from Triple H, but it was Y2J who aided in Owens retaining the title on multiple occasions.

Owens and Jericho even beat Roman Reigns in a handicap match to win the United States Championship, which meant the best friends were in control of the top two men's singles titles on the red brand.

The relationship between Owens and Jericho changed significantly, however, when Goldberg set his sights on the Universal Championship.

Jericho essentially accepted a title match against Goldberg on Owens' behalf for WWE Fastlane, which signaled the beginning of the end to their partnership.

A few weeks prior to Fastlane, Jericho organized a Festival of Friendship to celebrate all he and the Prizefighter had accomplished together.

Jericho went all-out, as the festival featured a sculpture, a painting, a magician and even Gillberg, but it came to a brutal end when Owens put his former ally on the List of KO before attacking him and sending him away in an ambulance.

Y2J managed to get some retribution at Fastlane, though, when he distracted Owens, which allowed Goldberg to hit him with a spear and Jackhammer to become the new Universal champion.

Owens said the next night on Raw that he was willing to put off his automatic rematch for the Universal title in favor of facing Jericho at WrestleMania with the United States Championship on the line, so he could take something away from the Superstar that cost him his belt.

KO and Jericho traded momentum in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, but Owens vowed to put Y2J on the shelf for good at The Showcase of Immortals, according to WWE Universe on Twitter:

It can be argued that there was no more compelling storyline and rivalry than that of Owens versus Jericho entering WrestleMania due to the history between them.

Owens' assault of Jericho was the ultimate betrayal, and WrestleMania was the only stage worthy of settling the score once and for all.

Beating Jericho at the biggest show of the year is a huge feather in Owens' cap, and it figures to give him a great deal of confidence as he potentially attempts to win back the Universal Championship.

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