Back in late November, former WWE wrestlers CM Punk and Colt Cabana got together to record a podcast for Cabana's The Art of Wrestling series. The result was nothing short of explosive.
During the podcast, CM Punk aired out a bunch of the grievances that he had with the WWE and talked at length about why he chose to leave Vince McMahon's wrestling company in early 2014. His biggest complaint was that the WWE didn't seem to value his health enough and that, at certain points during his WWE career, they actually put his life on the line by not providing proper medical care.
Specifically, CM Punk claimed that WWE doctors refused to treat a staph infection that he had on his back and, instead, prescribed him medication that didn't help the situation. He said that he was eventually able to take care of the issue himself but that WWE doctors failed to do their jobs by ignoring the problem that he had and pushing him back into the ring without giving him a more thorough examination.
One WWE doctor says that simply isn't true, though. So that doctor, identified as Dr. Christopher M. Amann, just filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana in the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois. In the lawsuit, Dr. Amann claims that the statements made by both former WWE wrestlers about WWE doctors during the podcast were false. So he wants to be compensated for the negative attention that they received.
You can read all about the lawsuit here. If you missed it back in November, here's the podcast. It's definitely worth a listen:
UPDATE: As you might expect, the WWE is backing Dr. Amann on this suit. In statements obtained by TMZ, WWE said CM Punk didn't mention his condition to the medical staff, and the organization found out he had staph infection after he terminated his contract last August.
The most damning evidence against CM Punk is the video of the 2014 Royal Rumble — where he said he got a lump that led to the staph infection. It doesn't look like there's one in the clip below.
We'll update you as the story develops.
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