Regarding Finn Balor scoring a clean pinfall on John Cena from Monday’s WWE RAW, Justin Barrasso of SI.com noted the following:
Although the timing is suspicious, sources close to WWE stated there was no connection between Cena taking the loss and his recent decision to withdraw from the controversial “Crown Jewel” show in Saudi Arabia this past November. In fact, I was told Cena offered to take the fall in an effort to make Balor an even bigger star.
Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com noted that Cena’s purpose at this point is to help put over other talent:
Yeah, John's role is to put people over and Balor is getting the next title shot. https://t.co/5QYbzhSRQp
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) January 15, 2019