Prior to taking time off from the world of professional wrestling, more specifically World Wrestling Entertainment, CM Punk found himself on the end of a significant losing streak. The longest reigning WWE Champion of the modern era found himself on the end of two straight pay-per-view defeats to The Rock, a loss to John Cena and, of course, a failed attempt at ending the Undertaker's WrestleMania streak.
Pwmania.com reported earlier today that the "Best in the World" is rumored to be returning to WWE tonight:
Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri with the fallout from Extreme Rules. CM Punk is rumored to be returning tonight but that’s not confirmed.
Although in the short term it may appear to make sense for Punk to return as soon as possible, especially given that the next pay-per-view, Payback, emanates from his home state of Illinois, it would make more sense for WWE to delay his return for another month or two in order to create greater interest in his comeback.
Of course, Payback will suffer in CM Punk's absence, but leaving his return until later in the summer will be beneficial for both the company and the performer. It was reported that the "Voice of the Voiceless" was burnt out ahead of WrestleMania 29, thus an extended break is exactly what he needs.
The ideal situation for WWE is to have Punk burning to get back into the ring, rather than having to goad him back into their weekly programming because of ratings or pay-per-view sales figures.
Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of CM Punk, but he was not greatly missed from an Extreme Rules event that was full of entertaining matches.
Give the former WWE champion a couple of more months off, allow him to heal mentally and physically and perhaps we'll see a new side of "The Second City Saint" come his eventual return.