The Referee For WWE Hell In A Cell’s Main Event Explained Its Controversial Finish

This Sunday, the main event of WWE’s Hell In A Cell pay-per-view was so poorly received that it had the audience chanting for the competition. Seth Rollins and ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt wrestled a crazy no disqualification bout inside the cage that ended in a referee stoppage, which, though it’s not the same thing as a DQ ending, many found to be a very unsatisfying way to end that type of match.

Today on WWE’s new talk show, The Bump, the company offered a kayfabe explanation for why Rollins vs. Fiend ended the way it did from the official himself. After host Evan Mack says that he was disappointed by the behavior of the Sacramento crowd and compared them to a child acting like a brat after not getting all the Christmas presents they wanted, Kayla Braxton read a quote from HIAC main event referee Rod Zapata explaining his officiating:

“With Bray motionless and Seth clearly doing whatever it was going to take to win that match… I had to think of the competitors’ safety and at that moment, I did what I thought was best.”

Given the apparent magic powers of ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt and the fact that the ending of the match was unclear to so many fans, it’s still easy to take issue with this call on both a kayfabe and a critical level after this explanation. But for those still trying to figure out what happened, that’s WWE’s logic behind Rollins vs. Wyatt.