The ending of the Universal Championship match between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt at Hell in a Cell will go down as one of the worst in WWE pay-per-view history.
There was plenty of hype in this match, which pitted the face of WWE against "The Fiend," whose popularity has skyrocketed throughout the last couple of months. Fans couldn't wait to see Rollins and Wyatt clash inside a cell, but the match will instead be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
After Rollins attacked Wyatt with a sledgehammer, referee Rod Zapata called off the match. Zapata explained that he was simply looking out for the safety of Wyatt, which is why he stopped the match.
With that, the hyped up bout ended with a "referee stoppage" ruling, not the initial belief that Rollins was disqualified. much to the chagrin of the fans in Sacramento. They began chanting "AEW" and "refund" following the conclusion of the main event.
Roman Reigns came to the defense of both Wyatt and Rollins during an interview with Forbes. Although Rollins' long-time friend and former Shield partner admits he "didn't like the Hell in a Cell finish either, Reigns believes the fans needed to show "a little respect" towards the superstars.
"I think you should express your opinions, but it doesn’t hurt anybody if you have a shred of respect," Reigns said. "Have a little respect for the performers who were out there killing themselves for you.Bray Wyatt put his health on the line to entertain some fans to the best of his ability. I didn’t like it, but I respect Bray’s effort and willingness to go out there and do what you have to do. So, if you can, just a little bit of respect."
Reigns certainly makes a strong point in that Rollins and Wyatt put a lot out there for the sake of our entertainment, so the WWE Universe should still be grateful for the performances of both superstars - even if fans were bitter about the ending.
Wyatt was drafted to SmackDown Live on Friday, while Rollins remains a member of the Raw roster. The two will clash for the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel, as Wyatt looks for revenge following Rollins' destruction of his Firefly Fun House.
WWE Has To Avoid Finishes Like This
Fans were largely disgruntled with the match ending because there was so much hype and drama around the bout. At the end of the day, this is on WWE officials for booking a questionable ending that overshadowed strong performances by both Wyatt and Rollins. The only hope now is that WWE will stay away from booking more finishes like this, because its not fair to the superstars or the fans. Plain and simple.