In response to the outrage by fans that the Seth Rollins vs Fiend match ended in a disqualification, WWE has tried to clarify the outcome of the bout.
Saying the match ended in a referee stoppage and not a DQ, WWE is seemingly trying to cover their tracks over what looks to be an error in judgement when it came to booking a match inside a Hell in a Cell structure that was meant to avoid controversial endings.
Fans inside of the Golden1 Center in Sacramento, California were visibily upset with the ending to the Hell in a Cell PPV on Sunday night. Chanting "AEW!" and "Refund!", it was clear, the non-finish to the main event between "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins didn't sit well. WWE.com has tried to explain:
"Clearly sensing that a line was about to be crossed, the referee tried to stop Rollins from using the hammer. But The Beastslayer did it anyway, bringing the tool straight down on the whole pile, causing the ref to wave off the match while a crew of medics tended to Wyatt. Rollins, who was clearly on the verge of madness, made the mistake of straddling his fallen foe and quickly found himself ensnared in the Mandible Claw as Wyatt rose up from his back and continued his attack.... Hell in a Cell did not end with "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt as Universal Champion. But clearly, he'd gotten what he came for all the same."
Will an Explanation By WWE Help?
WWE angered a lot of paying customers with the finish of that match and it will be interesting to see if they try to provide a better explanation on Monday's Raw. The concern now has to be that Seth Rollins is going to face a ton of criticism and essentially become the new Roman Reigns of WWE.
This is not good timing for WWE who needs to be writing strong ideas and booking their stars properly in the face of stiff competition with AEW, a wrestling company the fans are clearly aware is an option.