That might be a bit of a course correction. Earlier this month, WWE presented its annual Hell in a Cell event, which was not the most well received. The show was headlined by Universal Champion Seth Rollins defending his title against the Fiend Bray Wyatt in the show’s namesake match. Despite the match being billed as the company’s most violent offering of the year, the match ended via referee stoppage when it was announced that the Fiend could not continue. Fans were not pleased with this and demanded the match be restarted but nothing came of it. A rematch was announced though and now it has taken place.
Wyatt and Rollins had their rematch at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia in a Falls Count Anywhere match which could not be stopped no matter what happened. The match tied into the previous match, with the special stipulation allowing a protection against the idea of another referee’s stoppage. In between the two matches, Rollins had literally burned down the Firefly Fun House for revenge on Wyatt, only to have the Fun House reappear the next week. Rollins had been worried coming into the match because he did not know how he would be able to stop the Fiend.
As it turns out, he had a good reason to be worried as the Fiend defeated Rollins to become the new Universal Champion at Crown Jewel. The match was a violent one which went around the floor of the stadium and included Rollins hitting a series of Stomps, including one on the exposed concrete which had little effect on Wyatt. Eventually Wyatt was knocked off the stage and into the technical area, which launched a series of sparks. Wyatt quickly got up, applied the Mandible Claw, and hit Sister Abigail on the floor to win the title at the end of the show. It is not clear what will happen now as Wyatt is a member of the SmackDown roster.
It was a big moment. Check out some highlights of the match:
Opinion: They didn’t really have another choice. At the end of the day, there is little way around the fact that the ending to their initial match in the Cell was incredible negative and they had to do something to make up for what happened. The quality of the match was not the point because all that mattered was giving the fans what they wanted no matter how much trouble it caused. Wyatt never should have lost in the Cell and having him win the title now should help things out a bit. It’s not like it can get much worse, right?
Do you like the title change? How long will Wyatt hold the title? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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