Kevin Owens retains Universal championship by DQ at Roadblock

Kevin Owens won by disqualification after Chris Jericho hit a codebreaker on him, but both Owens and Jericho were put through tables by Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to close out Roadblock: End of the Line. Courtesy of WWE

ESPN's Brian Campbell has your recap for the WWE Universal championship match at Roadblock: End of the Line, and Sean Coyle provides his in-depth ratings for the showdown between champion Kevin Owens and United States champion Roman Reigns

WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens def. Roman Reigns via disqualification (23:20)

Owens and Chris Jericho reignited their friendship just in time to keep the WWE Universal championship around Owens' waist -- but it was a different reunion that left the biggest lasting impact at Roadblock: End of the Line.

In the final WWE pay-per-view of 2016, Jericho interrupted Owens' title defense against Reigns by hitting Owens with a Codebreaker. It looked as if the final strands of their friendship had frayed, but after Owens was declared the winner by disqualification, Jericho handed him the belt and helped his former "best friend" up -- proving the attack was a premediated way to save Owens from defeat.

The twist ending caused Seth Rollins, who had overcome unwanted intervention from Owens earlier in the night to defeat Jericho, to make a run-in to ringside. Rollins joined Reigns, his former teammates with The Shield, to take part in a rampage that left behind a stunned crowd at the PPG Paints Arena crowd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rollins and Reigns embarked on a vicious assault of Jericho that ended with a power bomb through a table at ringside. Then, as Owens limped up the ramp in an attempt to escape, Rollins caught up to him before he joined Reigns for a second Shield power bomb, this time catapulting Owens through the announce table on the stage.

The crowd showered them with boos as two of WWE's top babyfaces engaged in heel activity with such an unrepentant nature that it felt like a possible double turn.

The wild ending overshadowed a physical main event of the Raw-exclusive PPV, that saw Reigns routinely kick out of anything Owens hit him with.

Owens recorded his first near-fall when he countered a superplex attempt from Reigns by connecting with an inverted suplex of his own off the top rope. Owens went on to land a pair of frog splashes onto Reigns outside the ring, with the second one causing the announce table to break.

After Reigns just barely beat the 10-count and rolled into the ring, Owens landed a third frog splash, this time from the top rope, as Reigns kicked out again. Moments later, Owens connected with his finishing move, a pop-up power bomb, for another near fall as Reigns snuck his foot onto the bottom rope.

Just as Owens entered the ring with his title, looking to use it as a weapon, Reigns caught him with a spear, which led to Jericho intercepting his pin attempt and bringing the final pay-per-view match of 2017 to a close.