UPDATE: WWE has provided us with a statement on Doctor Chris Amann’s lawsuit filed against CM Punk and Colt Cabana, claiming defamation and invasion of privacy over Punk’s statements that Amann misdiagnosed a serious MRSA infection. You can check out the full statement below, which includes a clip depicting Punk’s back in the 2014 Royal Rumble match:
WWE Addresses CM Punk’s Allegations
In light of CM Punk’s allegations regarding WWE’s medical staff and the subsequent defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Amann against CM Punk, WWE continues to have the utmost confidence in the ability and expertise of our world-class team of physicians, including Dr. Amann.
CM Punk claimed this past November that during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on January 26, 2014 he performed with a baseball-sized, purple lump on his back located near the waistband of his tights.
WWE’s investigation has shown the following:
• 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.
Click here to view the video. You decide.
ORIGINAL: WWE’s physician, Dr. Chris Amann, filed a lawsuit today in Cook County, Illinois against Phil Brooks (CM Punk) and Scott Colton (Colt Cabana) for comments the two made about him on Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling” podcast.
Amann’s claim is that both guys comments about him during their November podcast were untrue, defamatory and painted him in a false light by improperly insinuating that he had a lack of integrity and incompetence as a medical doctor.
The WWE doctor is seeking in excess of one million dollars in compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages.
In particular, Amann claimed that Punk impugned his reputation by saying he had misdiagnosed a fatty deposit on his back and ignored his requests to remove it, a deposit that Punk went on to claim ended up turning into life-threatening MSRA.
Amann claims that he was never asked by Punk to treat any lump or remove anything off of his back, and that Punk never showed him any such lump, nor did he prescribe him any antibiotics for it as Punk claimed.
Additionally, he is claiming that Cabana aided in falsely depicting him as a lazy and/or incompetent doctor. Furthermore, he claimed both men knowingly fabricated the false and disparaging statements about him.