The WWE Universe and countless wrestling pundits haven't held back from voicing their displeasure and frustration with the controversial ending in the Hell in a Cell main event.
Seth Rollins beat and battered Bray Wyatt for several minutes, but he was unable to pick up the pinfall victory. The Architect then picked up a sledgehammer and attacked Wyatt with it, leading to a disqualification ending.
This made absolutely no sense, since Hell in a Cell matches always carry a no disqualification stipulation. Fans in Sacramento booed Rollins throughout the night as well, and they started chanting "AEW" and "Refund" throughout the evening.
Not only that, but WWE insider Brad Shepard reported that the company office was also unhappy with the main event ending. So overall, it was a pretty disastrous ending to what was otherwise a fairly successful pay-per-view.
But there may be a good explanation as to why WWE decided to roll with such a strange and unpopular ending. According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), they may have done this for the purpose of shaping things accordingly ahead of the Oct. 11 and 14 WWE draft.
Meltzer suggested that WWE wants to enter the draft with The Architect, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Brock Lesnar "as the cornerstones," since they're the four main champions now.
This would make sense to some degree, but it still doesn't explain why there'd be a disqualification ending in this match. It's understandable that WWE wanted Rollins to retain his championship ahead of the draft, but fans deserve an explanation as to why The Architect was disqualified.
The Fiend Will Get His Chance
Wyatt entered the match as a heavy favorite to win, which he did, although nobody expected it to be as a result of disqualification. He seems long overdue for a Universal Championship reign, with "The Fiend" gimmick arguably the hottest thing in WWE right now. Fans have the right to be disappointed with the ending, but those who support Wyatt just need to be patient. His title reign will come soon.