I just think this episode made Worf look like an idiot, and the ending had to compensate for it. I just don't think it would have gone down this way at all. It would have been pretty much this:
Worf: Yeah listen man, I'm down for this ritual, but Riker got in my shit back on the Big E for burning incense
in my quarters. This Sisko guy is way more strict. Let's go somewhere where we can do this without ramifications, or better yet --- let's get a month leave, we'll bring Jadzia along, go settle some old blood feuds, see how you feel after a few weeks, then if you still wanna do it, we'll take care of it before I head back to DS9. Hell, you might even die in battle!
That would have been a great episode.