People who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
That's the saying it seems as in just a few weeks, fans of the WWE Universe will witness the return of the "Best in the World" himself, CM Punk.
Not only is he returning, he will have the match of the night when opposed by Chris Jericho, who claims he, not Punk is the best in the world at what he does.
On paper and to most people, this shows great promise as both superstars are masters of their craft and have a rich history between them that will make this match all too personal.
Way to go WWE...or maybe not.
To be the best, you have to have been through some of the most difficult ordeals and survive them. CM Punk has done so and has left his mark upon pro wrestling for all time.
Whether cheered or booed, he is a consummate athlete, a larger-than-life character that brings everything he has to the table.
A Punk match is usually of four or five star quality. From beginning to end there is never a dull moment.
All the flying elbows, the "Go-To-Sleeps", the tattoos, etc., etc. have won the hearts of millions over the years, both in arenas or via the Internet.
However, fame and fortune does come with the risk of paying a heavy price: one's body is left battered and broken.
It heals over time of course, but the operative word here is just that: time.
CM Punk is returning much too soon for his own good.
He needs to take time away not only to repair what was left tired and worn out, but just to rest his mind, enjoy life and the spoils he acquired while being the (insert Paul Heyman line and tone) "longest-reigning WWE champion in the last 25 years."
Seriously, there is no better time than now for his return as he is one of the hottest acts to follow. The longer he stays away, the more people will go crazy for him when he returns.
There is no point in rushing into things. SummerSlam is months away. The entire card would most likely be filled up the Friday before on Smackdown, sadly enough.
With all the injuries, concussions, broken collarbones and even deaths over the years, you'd think the Straightedge Superstar would be a little wiser. Last thing anyone needs is another accident or passing.
Obviously, it will be a welcomed return, but holding off on it seems more profitable in the long run.
CM Punk is the master of his own character's fate. If he is ready then he is ready.
Perhaps he is in better shape than people expect, there may be a huge surprise in store for the entire WWE Universe. One which could change the course of storylines for months to come.
On a personal note, I have a few thoughts on this matter. Though I am a great fan, I would rather have him wait out the next two months in preparation for a big event like SummerSlam where he could take on someone like Brock Lesnar.
With the sudden refreshing of the tag team division, could it be absolute folly to imagine an eventual pairing of Punk and Jericho?
They could take it to The Shield no problem, and I believe that may actually be the moment of the year in pro wrestling.
CM Punk and Chris Jericho could start messing with Heyman in the process, resulting in Lesnar "taking out" Y2J just in time for his Fozzy tour.
These are all theories; ideas of what could be. They would be much easier to become reality if the time away is used properly to heal body, mind and soul in the process.
The Best in the World knows best, and at Payback, the entire world will witness the return of CM Punk.
Come hell or high water.