CM Punk is welcome at NXT during his injury recovery (Picture: WWE)
WWE chief Shawn Michaels has left the door open for CM Punk to help coach the superstars of the future.
The Hall of Famer, known as the Heartbreak Kid during his legendary in-ring career, currently serves as the company’s Senior Vice President of Talent Development Creative in charge of the NXT brand, and Punk has recently joined them at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk before this weekend’s NXT Vengeance Day event, Michaels addressed the possibility of Punk helping out while he’s out of action with a torn triceps.
The former world champion was in tears on Monday night as he confirmed he will miss WrestleMania 40 in April as a result of the injury suffered at the Royal Rumble last weekend.
Asked about Punk having more involvement while he’s not able to wrestle on Raw, Micheals told us: ‘He’s been down here quite a bit. He’s talked about, during his PT, doing it down here…
‘He knows these doors are always open to him. I do understand, he’s still got a career that he wants to pursue and I would imagine, like all of us, we sort of get into that time, “Well we’d love to end it on our terms”.
Shawn Michaels would love to have him around (Picture: WWE)
‘And he’s the one that is going to determine that. But yeah, as we’ve said, he’s welcome here anytime I think he will, take us up on that. That’s just – no knowledge, just my personal opinion.’
The Heartbreak Kid – who famously retired in a WrestleMania classic against The Undertaker, before making a one night return to the ring in 2018 – reiterated that while Punk likely wants to focus on his own career, this could be a path for him in retirement.
‘As far as when it comes to roles and stuff like that, I’d imagine from his standpoint – again, pure speculation on my side – right now his focus is on getting healthy, then getting back in the ring,’ he suggested.
‘And maybe way, way back in [his mind], what he what he wants to do after that – but he knows that we’re just a phone call away, or a text away, and he’s got my number. So, obviously, [he’s] welcome here anytime.’
Punk has been ruled out of WrestleMania 40 (Picture: WWE)
There has been speculation Punk could be in line for a job helping run NXT or the PC in the future, and Michaels admitted the young wrestlers coming through the system love having him around.
‘I know the talent enjoy having him here. It’s a different perspective than what they get here on a weekly basis, I think that’s healthy.’ he said.
‘The more times you can have people coming in, and maybe given them a different thought process or insight on something – I don’t know, I don’t ever fear that kind of stuff.’
WWE presents NXT Vengeance Day on Sunday, February 4. Tune in at 1am via the WWE Network.
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