Just yesterday, the WWE’s lead doctor, Chris Amann, sued CM Punk and Colt Cabana for defamation and claiming he misdiagnosed a staph infection during Punk’s final months in the WWE. Amann had every right to sue Punk and Cabana, because they spent a lot of time on the now-infamous podcast trashing Amann, as well as the WWE in general.
Not even 24 hours later, the WWE already formulated a response that states Punk was lying about his staph infection and “baseball-sized” lump on his back. Here is what the WWE said in a report on their website.
- CM Punk did not discuss this alleged condition with WWE’s team of physicians and trainers, nor did he discuss it with anyone in our Talent Relations department.
- Subsequently, WWE has no medical records documenting this alleged condition.
- The first time WWE was made aware of this alleged condition was when we received a letter from CM Punk’s attorney on August 22, 2014, after WWE terminated his contract.
- There is clear video evidence from the 2014 Royal Rumble, which allows all to decide whether there is any appearance of a baseball-sized growth on CM Punk’s back.
This is not good news for Punk, who was very clear with his words on Colt Cabana’s podcast. Punk is a very smart man. It doesn’t seem likely he would lie about a serious condition, especially when his wife, AJ Lee, works there and a potential working relationship is possible in the future. Cabana, who supported Punk through his departure, didn’t say much to the comments from Punk.
WWE knew they had a chance in proving Punk wrong, but the timing of their response is very odd. Punk is in the middle of his first time training for the UFC. He’s knee-deep in preparing for his UFC debut in the summer. Lee is almost ready to return from injury and the WWE understands that. Nothing about their timing makes sense.
However, timing is irrelevant to WWE in this case. After Chris Amann let the lawsuit go public, WWE wanted to show why they stand behind their lead doctor. No organization on the planet would let a man who committed malpractice continue to work in their medical group. Oddly enough, Rene Dupree, former wrestler, backed up Punk’s comments about messing up a medical decision.
What does this response mean for CM Punk? It just adds another layer of tension to their tumultuous relationship. Adding on to that, the WWE knew he was lying, which isn’t good for Punk’s credibility. If Punk was lying, he will lose the lawsuit and be out at least $2 million.
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