Perhaps in anticipation of a fight for ratings – not against their in-house rival SmackDown, but a national championship football game – WWE continues to load up the Jan. 9 episode of Monday Night Raw.

While it probably won’t excite potential viewers as much as the return of Undertaker or Shawn Michaels, the recently announced United States championship handicap match should raise some eyebrows. Not because we haven’t seen best friends Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens try to take the red, white and blue strap from Roman Reigns before, but this is the first time they’ll get to officially team up to try and take it from the Big Dog.

It would be nice to get some forward momentum in Raw’s main event, whether that comes from a U.S. title change, some shift in JeriKO’s relationship, or both. With Royal Rumble approaching, it’s also the time when WWE shifts out of neutral and starts setting the table for WrestleMania, too.

Does announcing this 2-on-1 title bout mean they’ll be advancing the long-running Reigns vs. Chris & Kev angle ahead of Roman and Owens battling for KO’s Universal championship at the Jan. 29 pay-per-view (PPV), or are they just trying to get us to tune in for more of the same?

I guess we’ll have to watch to find out.

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