Reactions were about as you’d expect them to be. Bryan is over, as he has been.
The match in the confines of a cell? Brutal, as both made use of the structure to aid and abet their offenses. There is a risk with these gimmick matches, especially when you consider that Bryan is one of the best wrestlers today and doesn’t really need a gimmick match to get him through a PPV. That being said, when done well, it all comes together nicely. It was a violent enough match, plenty of chairs too. Hunter and HBK teased tension enough throughout the match to keep things on edge as well.
At the end, it was shove of Bryan, by Orton, into HBK that started the chain of events leading to the final pinfall. HBK gets bumped and seems out of it. Bryan looks poised to grab the win, having put down both Orton and HHH. What does he get for his efforts? Sweet Chin Music, which Orton takes advantage of, getting the pin and the WWE title. HBK sold being upset at things, but did he not know he was attacking Bryan? Will he say he was still out of it and acting on instinct? Or will there be another reason why Shawn did what he did, and was upset after the fact?
This one is still unfolding, but it’s getting more and more complex as each day passes.