The big story coming out of the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view is about the fan reaction to the horrible ending to the main event at Hell in a Cell.
WWE is not calling the finish a disqualification. Instead, they are saying that the referee made the call to stop the match when Rollins was threatening to use a sledgehammer on Wyatt. Nevermind the fact that Wyatt brought a massive mallet into the ring and there were several other items used as weapons earlier in the match.
In an attempt to make sense of what went down on Sunday, WWE’s The Bump got a statement from referee Rod Zapata on why he decided to stop the match.
Here is the statement:
“With Bray motionless, and Seth clearly doing whatever it was going to take to win that match…I had to think of the competitor’s safety and at that moment, I did what I thought was best.”
So there you have it. There’s your explanation.
For what it’s worth, people in the company were privately talking about how it made no sense for a referee to stop a Hell in a Cell match, especially when we’ve seen wrestlers do much worse things in previous HIAC matches.
For anyone interested, click here to see how the WWE Watch Along panel reacted in real-time and pay attention to the reaction from Sean “X-Pac” Waltman.
Here is a screenshot of the statement that was shown on The Bump: