Is John Cena cursed by Hell in a Cell?

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October 23, 2013

2009: Loses the WWE Championship

Cena’s first trip to WWE Hell in a Cell saw him set foot inside the steel structure itself to defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton. As you may be able to guess, he did not walk out with the title in hand. Granted, there were a fair few shenanigans that played a hand in The Viper’s victory: The referee was knocked out cold during the match and therefore unable to record Orton’s tapout to the STF, but the official would come to by the time Orton had punted The Champ into Tuesday for the deciding pinfall.

The wicked best of The Viper | Orton's "Hell"ish highlights

A less cynical member of the WWE Universe could simply chalk the loss up to fluky bad luck and call it a day. Yet it was an ominous start, at best, to Cena’s career at the event, and the odd turns of fate would follow Cena throughout his next two trips to Hell in a Cell. Still, all things considered, it probably could have been worse for a first time out. At least he didn’t lose his job, get attacked by a fan or get forced into subservience.

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