“WWE NXT” star Cora Jade hadn’t returned to television long before suffering a torn ACL in her match with “NXT Women’s Champion” Lyra Valkyria earlier this month. The injury required surgery and will sideline Jade for most of the year.
CM Punk, Jade’s longtime idol, tried to make the best of a bad situation when he paid her a surprise visit in a video posted to WWE’s YouTube channel. Although she had the idea that her close friends Jacy Jayne and Roxanne Perez had set her up, it was clear that she was not expecting Punk’s visit, as she cursed repeatedly upon seeing him; Punk actually commented on that in the video.
Jade took a moment to share a promo she had cut fresh after her surgery (painkillers and all) that had been recorded by her mother. The clip elicited laughter from Punk before she evidently opted to go back to sleep rather than continue her monologue. Punk made sure to talk about finding the silver lining in Jade’s injury and sympathized with the 23-year-old as someone who has had his share of debilitating injuries. Punk has declared his entry into the Royal Rumble this weekend, 10 years after his last televised match with the company in the 2014 version, in a bid to challenge Seth Rollins’ World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 40 in April. Rollins, like Jade, has an unclear path to WrestleMania, as he suffered a knee injury during his “WWE Raw” title defense against Jinder Mahal.