CM Punk appeared at the start of the 2023 WWE NXT Deadline PLE and teased joining the NXT brand instead of RAW or Smackdown. Punk ended up joining the RAW brand.
According to Fightful Select, a source close to Punk told the outlet that Punk did not take Michaels’ public endorsement of him lightly. Just prior to Punk’s return, Michaels said he always enjoyed working with him and would welcome him in NXT.
It’s being said that Punk and Michaels have been getting along behind the scenes and Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful also noted the following…
“When Shawn Michaels publicly endorsed CM Punk, a lot of people rolled their eyes, and said, ‘yeah, I bet.’ Well, look at where CM Punk has been multiple times as of late. Going to NXT. Going there when he doesn’t have to, and working to help out. Maybe it’s just the honeymoon period, but it seems like that endorsement, whether or not that had anything to do with Punk going to NXT, couldn’t have hurt.” (quote courtesy of RingsideNews.com)