Tuesday's episode of Smackdown brought about a new champion as Chris Jericho put his newly won United States Championship on the line against the former champion Kevin Owens.
Jericho won the title at Payback on Sunday meaning that he was traded from RAW to Smackdown to join his former best friend.
A brutal night for Y2J
Owens would get his title rematch on Tuesday night and would reclaim his championship after defeating Jericho.
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The match turned though when Owens would deliver a DDT to Jericho outside the ring, driving his head into the floor.
Jericho never recovered and would then take numerous pop up powerbombs before finally being down for the three count.
Owens is once again the US Champion but the real story came in the moments following the match.
After Owens had left the ring, the referee called for medical attention for Jericho as he lay holding his head.
Victory proved not to be enough for KO as he returned to the ring and continued the assault, first delivering another pop up powerbomb to Jericho, who was then helped from the ring while the new champion left the arena.
As Jericho was being helped out however, Owens would return and continue his savage attack on Jericho.
He would trap Jericho's neck in a steel chair before ramming it into the ring post - leaving Y2J screaming in agony as Owens would finally depart the arena for the final time.
Owens' actions on Smackdown by all appearances have given WWE the opportunity required to take Jericho off of TV for sometime.
It was confirmed several weeks ago that Jericho would be taking time away from WWE following Payback as a tour was announced for his band Fozzy.
The initial expectations had been for him to lose his title rematch at Payback and leave the company then, but his surprise win ensured that he would make one appearance on Smackdown.
With him now seemingly written off of TV for a while, he is free to complete his commitments outside of the company.
Jericho is expected back soon, his tour will likely take much of the summer but Y2J will return before the end of the year.
While no exact date has been confirmed for his return and his current status for SummerSlam is up in the air, fans will surely be eagerly anticipating the return of Jericho.
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