Hell in a Cell Fallout: What’s next for Rollins vs Wyatt?
It’s a shame how last night’s Hell in a Cell event ended, it really is.
Why? Because going into the main event, the show wasn’t bad at all. Several fun matches including a terrific opening Hell in a Cell match between Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship that would rival any recent matches inside the Devil’s Playground.
However, all anyone is and will continue to talk about is the main event and what a colossal failure it’s finish was.
To add some context to the matter, since his post-WrestleMania vignettes aired in April, Bray Wyatt has been the hottest act going in WWE and arguably Professional Wrestling today. His entrance, split persona, creepy promo and FireFly Fun House segments have been greeted to wide acclaim by onlookers in the media and wrestling industry. Therefore, when we learned he was due to compete for the Universal Championship at Hell in a Cell many were concerned this was too soon for The Fiend to be in the title picture as anything less than Wyatt leaving Satan’s Structure with the Universal Championship could be damaging to a character which needs protection to thrive.
Unfortunately our greatest fears were confirmed. Whilst many suspected WWE may use a “Dusty” finish to ensure both Rollins & Wyatt were protected and Rollins remained Universal Champion, none thought it would involve such illogical reasoning.
The match was dubbed a “no contest” after Rollins hit Wyatt in the head with a Sledgehammer. Fans boo’d the majority of Rollins’ offense throughout the match and the boo’s and chants of “bullshit”, “AEW” and “Refunds” only got louder with the more offense that The BeastSlayer got in.
Now, granted the argument of “Wyatt got up from all that offense, was protected and ended the event standing tall” will be used from the higher ups but the idea that a Hell in a Cell match, where anything goes, Mick Foley has been thrown off the cell to the floor, Jeff Hardy has had Screwdrivers through ears, Triple H has even USED A SLEDGEHAMMER TO WIN THE MATCH, can be stopped due to a sledgehammer shot is illogical and dumb.
In my opinion the boo’s are not only at the finish but also because it implies that we as fans are stupid and don’t take into account any logic when it comes to pro wrestling. Yes, i understand suspension of disbelief (which is why we love The Fiend character) but when a finish reeks of “they won’t question that” it comes off as insulting to our intelligence.
So, the question is where do we go from here? In previous examples of WWE’s tone deaf storyline they have changed the course. Think Batista winning the Royal Rumble in 2014, Daniel Bryan ended up winning the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX. A year later when Roman Reigns won the Rumble to a chorus of boo’s WWE attempted to stay the course with The Big Dog but eventually caved having Seth Rollins cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the main event of WrestleMania 31.
But a year later, they persisted with Reigns at WrestleMania 32 despite backlash, with The Big Dog defeating winning the big one at the showcase of the immortals.
Will WWE change course and attempt to rectify last night’s events tonight on Raw? Maybe…although i wouldn’t hold your breath. Remember late in 2018 when the McMahon family promised they would “listen to the fans” and “change things for the better”? I do too and yet nearly 12 months on, things still seem exactly the same.