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If CM Punk wasn't healthy enough to compete on tonight's Raw, then he wouldn't have been medically cleared to do so.
At the same time, though, knee injuries can be pretty tricky, and there's no guarantee that Punk is indeed 100 percent ready to go.
After all, Punk's a tough dude, and there's always the chance that he's going to gut it out through the knee injury because he knows the WWE wants his match with Ryback to take place.
Is it worth the risk, though? Probably not.
It hasn't been all that long since Punk underwent knee surgery, and when he steps into the ring with Ryback tonight, he is undoubtedly risking re-injury.
At any other time of the year, that would be OK. But with less than four weeks until the biggest match of Punk's career, wouldn't it make sense to keep him out of the ring until the Rumble just in case?
While Punk will be risking getting injured again no matter when he steps into the ring, an extra three or four weeks of rest might do him a world of good and prevent the worse from happening.
But with the WWE remaining insistent on having Punk vs. Ryback tonight, the WWE is tasking a big risk that may ultimately backfire.