Is John Cena cursed by Hell in a Cell?

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October 23, 2013

2010: Forced into subservience by The Nexus after being attacked by a fan

When Cena says some people like him and some don’t, the WWE Universe might not fully realize that he isn’t just blowing smoke: Some people really don’t like him. In 2010, that group didn’t only extend to Wade Barrett and The Nexus, who were waging guerilla warfare on the WWE locker room, but also a couple of audacious, would-be Nexus members who decided they couldn’t stand to see Cena defeat Barrett at Hell in a Cell.

Watch: A barrage of Barrett's brawls | Cena's Nexus induction

That this win in particular happened to come with the heaviest of stipulations — if Cena won, The Nexus would disband, but if Barrett won, Cena had to join the rebel faction — was an even bigger turn of hard luck than the Cenation leader's maiden trip to Hell in a Cell. In fact, the Barrett bout was less a wrestling match than a staggering demonstration of Murphy’s Law. Cena had the Brit dead to rights when one “fan” (actually an NXT prospect attempting to gain favor with Barrett) attempted to bum-rush the ring; with the referee distracted, a second intruder capitalized by cold-cocking Cena, and Barrett scored the ensuing pin. Realistically, it’s doubtful that this particular misfortune will repeat itself on Sunday. But clearly, anything and everything is in play when Cena heads to WWE Hell in a Cell.

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