John Cena will have a new role going forward when appearing on WWE television

Finn Balor, John Cena

When a Fatal Four-Way match was booked this week on Raw to determine the new challenger to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, John Cena's involvement spelt out bad signs for the rest of the roster.

Cena had returned weeks previously as he juggles his wrestling and movie life, and he's only expected to be back for a month before moving onto his next venture.

With Cena now appearing in Hollywood blockbusters, you know Vince McMahon would probably have no hesitation in throwing 'Big Match John' back to the top of the card for some extra publicity.

It was surprising then that Cena was the one to take the pinfall at the expense of Finn Balor, considering that's not what the 16-time world champion normally does.

But times are changing within WWE, and with Cena no longer being a full-time competitor, it makes sense that he's not the force of old.

And Dave Meltzer has essentially confirmed within a post on Twitter that Cena's new role whenever he is back on television is to elevate new talent and put people over.

With Balor getting the next shot at Brock Lesnar, it was only fitting for Cena to take a rare pinfall on a weekly show, which is normally saved for a special event when it comes to his matches.

John Cena personally requested to put Finn Balor over on Raw according to Justin Barrusso.

Furthermore, per NoDQ, Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated wrote that Cena personally requested to take the pinfall in the match in order to try and make Balor's win mean more, as it clearly would've gotten a bigger reaction than had he defeated Baron Corbin or Drew McIntyre.

What a good guy John is.

To be fair, in the last few years he's let Shinsuke Nakamura and Elias pin him just to name a few, so Cena is clearly mellowing in his older age and realising the younger talent deserve the spotlight.

And with a rumoured WrestleMania 35 match with the yet-to-debut Lars Sullivan on the horizon, it could be another up-and-coming talent Cena is about to give the rub to.

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