WWE confirms Hell in a Cell's main event ended by match stoppage


WWE has confirmed on their website that Hell in a Cell's main event result is a match stoppage by the referee.

WWE fans watching Hell in a Cell live were confused as to why the main event match for the Universal Championship between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt was brought to a stop early.

Many fans believed the ruling of the match was a disqualification despite it being a Hell in a Cell match, which resulted in fans chanting 'AEW' and 'refund' to express their anger.

WWE has tried to clarify the situation on its website and also try to dig themselves out of the hole they've dug themselves into with their main event booking.

Their website match recap states that the match ended due to referee stoppage, not via disqualification for Rollins for his consistent battering of Wyatt with weapons in the middle of the ring.

WWE said in their Hell in a Cell main event match recap: "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.


"Rollins was helpless to respond as Wyatt took him outside the ring, exposing the arena floor by tearing up the mat.

"It became clear that the Universal Championship was the last thing on Wyatt's mind. Wyatt smashed Rollins face-first into the arena floor with Sister Abigail and applied the Mandible Claw once again.

"This time, the writhing Rollins was spared only by the signature shrieks that precede Wyatt's exit.

"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."


PWInsider has reported as well that the creative idea behind the main event finish was that the referee stopped the match after Rollins did the sledgehammer shot to Wyatt's head while he was under the pile of weapons.

However, the whole Hell in a Cell main event was a mess, and the explanation of the match finish in the recap will do nothing to change the situation WWE has booked themselves into.

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