Former WWE Champion CM Punk has been actively involved in nurturing the new generation of talent in the professional wrestling industry. Fresh from his exclusive signing with WWE’s Raw brand, Punk continues to give back to the community by supporting the aspiring stars of WWE NXT.
After making his presence known at Monday Night Raw in Cleveland, Punk ventured to Orlando, Florida, to be a part of this week’s NXT broadcast from the illustrious WWE Performance Center. Proving his commitment to the future of wrestling, Punk extended his stay in Orlando to offer guidance and share his esteemed wrestling acumen with the NXT roster.
Among those who benefited from Punk’s generosity was Nikkita Lyons, a rising star who recently made a striking return to WWE television. Lyons, grateful for the opportunity to learn from such a reputable figure, shared an image with the charismatic superstar on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. The post captured a moment where Punk and Lyons flexed for the camera, accompanied by the caption reflecting her appreciation, “IVE BEEN PUNK’D. Thank you for your time and knowledge @CMPunk 🙏.”
Lyons’ recent on-screen storyline involved a comeback narrative, where she retaliated against Blair Davenport for a scripted attack that supposedly sidelined her for 11 months. In reality, Lyons was recovering from a significant injury—a torn ACL and meniscus. Following her commendable rehabilitation and return to the squared circle, she recently paired with NXT Women’s Champion Lyra Valkyria on Tuesday’s NXT showcase.
Punk’s mentorship extends beyond individual sessions, as he was also spotted working out with Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade, both former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. They have openly expressed their affection towards Punk’s wife, AJ Lee, considering her their “wrestling mother.”
CM Punk’s endeavor to support the up-and-coming wrestlers in NXT personifies the best traditions of the industry—established stars passing their knowledge and passion to the next wave of performers. His involvement with the talent at NXT underscores the importance of mentorship in cultivating the future landscape of professional wrestling.