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PUNK/CABANA/AMANN SUIT PUT TO SLEEP
Posted: 070518

Packing Up This Story and Putting a Bow on It

The trial of Phil Brooks (CM Punk) and Scott Colton (Colt Cabana) vs. WWE doctor Chris Amann happened right here in Chicago. Amann had filed a defamation suit against Brooks and Colton in February 2015 following comments the two made on Cabana's podcast in November 2014. Brooks claimed Amann dismissed a growth on his back that eventually turned into a staph infection. Amann was looking for over $4 million in damages from the two of them. It was broken down into $3,989,000 in damages, $1 for every person who downloaded the Art of Wrestling podcast episode and additional punitive damages. The first day of the trial involved the jury listening to the podcast. Testimony was heard from an audio tech that was ringside during the 2014 Royal Rumble. He said that he heard everything that happened in the ring including referee John Cone asking if Punk was ok. He also heard Paul Levesque (HHH), saying that if Punk was hurt to get him out of the ring. A medical staffer testified that he didnít see anything wrong with Punkís lower back. He did testify that Punk may have had a concussion during the match. Cone confirmed that and said Punk refused to come out of the match. He also said he didnít see anything wrong with Punkís lower back. Kane said the same thing. April Mendez Brooks (AJ Lee) told the court that the lump on her husbandís back had been there since August of 2013 but was painless in August of 2018. A massage therapist that Punk saw regularly confirmed the lump was tennis ball sized and that Punk told her the lump had been diagnosed as a staph infection. After deliberation for about two hours after all had testified the jury ruled that neither man were liable for any damages against the WWE physician in the defamation lawsuit. On media day for UFC 225 Punk made it clear he was done with professional wrestling. And according to Corey Graves that means he has ignored and refuses to talk to his friends in the business. Graves sent Punk a text when WWE was in Chicago and was told he no longer had any interest in being friends with him or anybody related to WWE. Graves said his feelings about his former friend had nothing to do with the court case but all to do with being tossed to the side. And he said he isnít the only one who feels that way.

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