In the roundup this week, we'll take a look at Dr. Chris Amann's lawsuit against CM Punk, as well as a notable wrestler leaving TNA, and if the WWE will have any interest.
+ On Thursday, Dr. Chris Amann, the senior physician for the WWE, filed a defamation lawsuit against both CM Punk and Colt Cabana for what CM Punk said about him on Cabana's podcast back in November. In the suit, he says that he never was asked by Punk to treat a cyst on his back, that he never prescribed Z-packs for Punk, and that he always properly treated concussions.
After the suit was filed, the WWE came out with a release of their own, saying they had conducted an investigation over the allegations. The release, in part, stated:
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.
The lawsuit is interesting for several reasons. Proving defamation is incredibly hard, especially if the court rules that Dr. Amann is a public figure. So to file the lawsuit, especially since he's using a personal lawyer and not a company lawyer, means that Amann likely has proof that what Punk said was false. Without really concrete proof, you'd have to think that a judge would throw out the lawsuit relatively quickly. The WWE backing him on the lawsuit is also notable, though not exactly surprising. They're putting their reputation on the line in attaching themselves to this lawsuit through their release. The video is also somewhat misleading, as the growth, which ended up being MRSA according to Punk, was described as being on, or just below, the waistline. This wouldn't be shown in a match, or on that video. So this will be something to follow in the future.
+ Samoa Joe asked for, and was granted, his release from TNA this week. Joe was one of the cornerstones of TNA in their early years. His matches with AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels still hold up as some of the trademark feuds and matches in TNA history. The question is now, where does he go? Joe is turning 36 next month, so he's getting up there in age. The WWE has had interest in Joe in the past (he supposedly was offered the Umaga gimmick) and there are rumors that Triple H is still interested in bringing him in. Joe had been a staple in TNA and the indies for such a long time, that there would be a lot of apprehension from fans on if WWE would use him properly. However, if they can use Kevin Owens correctly, there's no reason to think that they couldn't use Joe. The question will come down to his age.
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