CM Punk return to WWE appears to have led to brand-new opportunities, with Endeavor’s Mark Shapiro, along with Nick Khan and Paul Levesque, holding meeting with WBD on Monday morning. It appears that they are using Punk in a big way as part of their pitch, someone who Warner Bros Discovery used to have as a part of AEW.

CM Punk showing up in NXT was a big treat. He was also at the WWE Performance Center for a couple of days. That brings up a big question about his future.

As noted yesterday, there was report that surfaced online that claimed Punk was looking to get into a leadership role at the Performance Center, and possibly even replace Shawn Michaels as the head of the operation. However, Fightful Select was quick to shoot that notion down.

Ibou of WrestlePurists has a good connection with sources close to Punk, and says that Punk’s long-term goal is to succeed the 58-year old Michaels in heading up NXT. WWE officials tell Fightful that something like that would be a long way off, and there are no plans as of now for Michaels to wrap up his run in NXT any time soon. Ibou also noted that Punk would be observing TV production, something that he was known to do in OVW, and would often bend Paul Heyman’s ear about.


In an update on Punk’s future endeavors with the NXT brand, during his Rumor and Innuendo podcast, Nick Hausman stated that CM Punk won’t be a regular face around the WWE Performance Center. However, Punk being around was still a big treat for those talents.

They’ve had CM Punk backstage a couple of times. They had him on Tuesday. I saw the report that CM Punk wants to become the new Shawn Michaels and take over for Shawn when he wraps up his time there. I sent that text to someone in Punk’s camp and got a laughing emoji back.”

“I spoke to people there, and they don’t believe that it will be a regular thing. He was there working out, and maybe getting some medical things done.”

We will have to see what CM Punk wants to do next in WWE. He has a lot of possibilities, but they may also include some longterm plans.

Right now, CM Punk is still getting adjusted, but it seems that he is fitting in just fine. For more updates, please keep it tuned with us here at Ringside News.

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