The Takeaway: Christian
On Monday Night Raw, Christian interrupted Randy Orton from gloating about his victory over his best friend Edge. Orton responded with a challenge in an unsanctioned match to avoid medical clearance. The match would have no rules or regulations. Orton explained that if he did not accept, he would be a coward.
Christian spent the entire night debating if he should accept the match. Big Show and Ric Flair offered their advice, moral support. Flair suggested not to take Orton's offer.
What would you do in this situation?
When you want to make a decision, you have to be in the right frame of mind. You have to know how to pick your battles. Salley Percy stated that nothing laudable about running away from an action that you know, in your heart, needs to be fought. In this case, Christian had to determine whether or not he should fight or walk away from Orton's offer.
Therefore, is this a battle that needs to be fought? What difference will a win or a loss make in the struggle?
Christian has been out for over six years. Orton has been active ever since. While Chrisitan has been on the WWE Network hosting shows and doing a Podcast, Orton has battled with A.J. Styles, Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, and Edge.
Christian failed to listen to Flair's warning to walk away and not take the fight. The unconscious decision his brain made was based on past decisions. Christian reacted in an auto-pilot mode based on emotions as if he were the same person six years ago or more. Without a transparent thought process, he committed to the engagement area.
Hence, Flair, from behind, hit him with a low blow, and walked away. Orton punted away with a kick to the head. Christian was carted off the ring and sidelined with a new injury.
The moral of the story is to pick your battles when it is deemed necessary. Do not let stress get the best of you. Give yourself time and to evaluate the pros and cons. Consider all possibilities. If someone is giving you great advice and gives you all the warning signs, you may want to pay attention to it. Finally, make your decision. If you fail to comprehend these steps, you will end up like Christian. And, that is the truth in the real world.