WWE Network: Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt - Hell in a Cell Match: WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

Roman Reigns sends Bray Wyatt through a table in a brutal Hell in a Cell Match: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

LOS ANGELES — Everyone knew that the longstanding rivalry between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt would end inside Hell in a Cell. That much was clear. The brutality that would ensue on the path to that great finale was harder to predict, however, and even more difficult to watch.

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In what was the most physically grueling match of Reigns’ career since his WrestleMania 31 main event against Brock Lesnar, the powerhouse survived broken tables, jagged kendo sticks and five tons of unforgiving steel to defeat the monster who tried to cripple him emotionally, mentally and, above all else, physically. As he has proven time and time again, Reigns is a man who simply refuses to break.

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That resolve was clear from the very beginning. Reigns approached Hell in a Cell with the apparent preparation and steely determination of a one-man SEAL Team Six. Wyatt’s plan had always been to destroy his rival from the inside out, but months of psychological warfare had done little to rattle The Big Dog.

Still, Reigns may have trained his body to survive 30 minutes in hell — Wyatt has spent his life there.

Reigns struck first when the battle began with a kick to the gut and a series of right hands that exploded with visceral pops upon impact. The punches staggered Wyatt, but failed to drop him. You can lob hand grenades at the gates of Hell all night long, but it’s not going to bring them down.

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The imposing Superstar showed his power early by manhandling Bray and literally throwing him across the canvas. Wyatt spends so much of his time in the presence of impossible giants like Braun Strowman, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan — none of whom were at ringside tonight — that it’s easy to overlook the immensity of the man himself. The Big Dog made those 285 pounds appear light in his mighty hands.

His early domination saw to it that Wyatt tasted the steel first, introducing his face to the taut metal coils and then slamming his forehead against the steps. Moments later, a kendo stick was introduced, which Wyatt commandeered, then used to dissect Reigns the way a surgeon might use a scalpel. At one point, The Eater of Worlds took a seat in a steel chair and prodded his fallen opponent with the weapon, as if to say, “I’ve got you right where I want you.”

Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell Match)

Reigns tried his damndest to fight back, but Bray cut him off by guillotining his head through a kendo stick he had wedged in the corner of the Cell. The Big Dog looked beaten, but he found his way back by sending Wyatt’s face into a steel chair. Reigns then grabbed a pair of kendo sticks and beat on his tormentor with the clear pleasure of retribution.

The brutality continued to build upon itself. Reigns grabbed a table from under the ring, and then another. Clearly, the man had something specific in mind. Setting up one table on the outside of the ring, Reigns pulled Wyatt onto the apron and attempted to suplex him off it. Wyatt fought Reigns off, however, and spiked him through the pine with scary velocity.

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A “This is awesome!” chant broke out amongst the L.A. faithful, but it was anything but for Reigns. A big senton from Wyatt back in the ring almost spelled the end, but the resilient Superstar fought his way out of the cover. At this point, The Eater of Worlds put the sticks and chairs aside, and began to use his body as a melee weapon. Few impacts were as effective as Wyatt throwing all of his mass at his victim — especially when Reigns’ head was wedged against the steel ring post and Bray’s near-300 pounds of depravity.

With Reigns all but helpless in his hands, Wyatt attempted to superplex him through a table. Sensing his demise, Reigns fought back. Headbutts and fists were exchanged on the top rope with Reigns finally dropping down and powerbombing Wyatt through the wood. A three-count seemed imminent, but somehow the monster kicked out.

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Exhaustion set in for both men. There’s only so much impact the human body can take. And then there was another thrilling exchange. Sister Abigail was reversed into a rollup, but when Bray escaped he was immediately blasted with a Superman Punch. Again, Wyatt survived. The thought that occurred to some in that moment was a scary one: What would these men have to do to one another to end this thing?

Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell Match)

That question may have been answered moments later, when Reigns Speared Wyatt off the apron through a ringside table. It was a sacrificial move, and it nearly took as much out of Reigns as it did his opponent, but he maintained control. The Big Dog pulled Wyatt into the ring and covered, but again Bray found a way out.

Reigns prepared to end the match by waiting for Wyatt to get back on his feet and attempting to Spear him, but Bray answered with a boot to the face and another devastating Sister Abigail. When Reigns kicked out, Wyatt couldn’t help but laugh like the depraved individual he is.

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That sick mind was on full display as Wyatt prepared for his final act. He positioned two kendo sticks against the top turnbuckles, pointing each outwards so they became makeshift spikes. It seemed as though Wyatt was about to drive Reigns’ eyes into one of the wooden points, but a struggle ensued, ending with Bray’s eyeball getting jammed into the splintered edge.

Wyatt howled in excruciation and spun blindly into a bone jarring Spear. Three seconds later, and this ugly conflict had finally ended.

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How else could a rivalry as personal as this expire than with such a physical exclamation point? Wyatt’s great desire was to see a man with the power of Reigns become emotionally crippled at his feet. Instead, he found himself at Roman's boots. It was yet another testament to The Big Dog’s durability. He has stood toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar, walked through Hell and come out on the other side intact.

A new challenge assuredly awaits. Expect him to conquer it.

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WWE Network: Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt - Hell in a Cell Match: WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

Roman Reigns sends Bray Wyatt through a table in a brutal Hell in a Cell Match: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

LOS ANGELES — Everyone knew that the longstanding rivalry between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt would end inside Hell in a Cell. That much was clear. The brutality that would ensue on the path to that great finale was harder to predict, however, and even more difficult to watch.

Watch video highlights from WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

In what was the most physically grueling match of Reigns’ career since his WrestleMania 31 main event against Brock Lesnar, the powerhouse survived broken tables, jagged kendo sticks and five tons of unforgiving steel to defeat the monster who tried to cripple him emotionally, mentally and, above all else, physically. As he has proven time and time again, Reigns is a man who simply refuses to break.

Check out photos from this Hell in a Cell war

That resolve was clear from the very beginning. Reigns approached Hell in a Cell with the apparent preparation and steely determination of a one-man SEAL Team Six. Wyatt’s plan had always been to destroy his rival from the inside out, but months of psychological warfare had done little to rattle The Big Dog.

Still, Reigns may have trained his body to survive 30 minutes in hell — Wyatt has spent his life there.

Reigns struck first when the battle began with a kick to the gut and a series of right hands that exploded with visceral pops upon impact. The punches staggered Wyatt, but failed to drop him. You can lob hand grenades at the gates of Hell all night long, but it’s not going to bring them down.

See the 50 most brutal Hell in a Cell photos ever

The imposing Superstar showed his power early by manhandling Bray and literally throwing him across the canvas. Wyatt spends so much of his time in the presence of impossible giants like Braun Strowman, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan — none of whom were at ringside tonight — that it’s easy to overlook the immensity of the man himself. The Big Dog made those 285 pounds appear light in his mighty hands.

His early domination saw to it that Wyatt tasted the steel first, introducing his face to the taut metal coils and then slamming his forehead against the steps. Moments later, a kendo stick was introduced, which Wyatt commandeered, then used to dissect Reigns the way a surgeon might use a scalpel. At one point, The Eater of Worlds took a seat in a steel chair and prodded his fallen opponent with the weapon, as if to say, “I’ve got you right where I want you.”

Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell Match)

Reigns tried his damndest to fight back, but Bray cut him off by guillotining his head through a kendo stick he had wedged in the corner of the Cell. The Big Dog looked beaten, but he found his way back by sending Wyatt’s face into a steel chair. Reigns then grabbed a pair of kendo sticks and beat on his tormentor with the clear pleasure of retribution.

The brutality continued to build upon itself. Reigns grabbed a table from under the ring, and then another. Clearly, the man had something specific in mind. Setting up one table on the outside of the ring, Reigns pulled Wyatt onto the apron and attempted to suplex him off it. Wyatt fought Reigns off, however, and spiked him through the pine with scary velocity.

Watch the scariest Hell in a Cell falls ever

A “This is awesome!” chant broke out amongst the L.A. faithful, but it was anything but for Reigns. A big senton from Wyatt back in the ring almost spelled the end, but the resilient Superstar fought his way out of the cover. At this point, The Eater of Worlds put the sticks and chairs aside, and began to use his body as a melee weapon. Few impacts were as effective as Wyatt throwing all of his mass at his victim — especially when Reigns’ head was wedged against the steel ring post and Bray’s near-300 pounds of depravity.

With Reigns all but helpless in his hands, Wyatt attempted to superplex him through a table. Sensing his demise, Reigns fought back. Headbutts and fists were exchanged on the top rope with Reigns finally dropping down and powerbombing Wyatt through the wood. A three-count seemed imminent, but somehow the monster kicked out.

See the most shocking kickouts in WWE history

Exhaustion set in for both men. There’s only so much impact the human body can take. And then there was another thrilling exchange. Sister Abigail was reversed into a rollup, but when Bray escaped he was immediately blasted with a Superman Punch. Again, Wyatt survived. The thought that occurred to some in that moment was a scary one: What would these men have to do to one another to end this thing?

Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell Match)

That question may have been answered moments later, when Reigns Speared Wyatt off the apron through a ringside table. It was a sacrificial move, and it nearly took as much out of Reigns as it did his opponent, but he maintained control. The Big Dog pulled Wyatt into the ring and covered, but again Bray found a way out.

Reigns prepared to end the match by waiting for Wyatt to get back on his feet and attempting to Spear him, but Bray answered with a boot to the face and another devastating Sister Abigail. When Reigns kicked out, Wyatt couldn’t help but laugh like the depraved individual he is.

What are Hell in a Cell's most hellacious moments?

That sick mind was on full display as Wyatt prepared for his final act. He positioned two kendo sticks against the top turnbuckles, pointing each outwards so they became makeshift spikes. It seemed as though Wyatt was about to drive Reigns’ eyes into one of the wooden points, but a struggle ensued, ending with Bray’s eyeball getting jammed into the splintered edge.

Wyatt howled in excruciation and spun blindly into a bone jarring Spear. Three seconds later, and this ugly conflict had finally ended.

Full results from WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

How else could a rivalry as personal as this expire than with such a physical exclamation point? Wyatt’s great desire was to see a man with the power of Reigns become emotionally crippled at his feet. Instead, he found himself at Roman's boots. It was yet another testament to The Big Dog’s durability. He has stood toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar, walked through Hell and come out on the other side intact.

A new challenge assuredly awaits. Expect him to conquer it.