Last week, the long-anticipated CM Punk trial involving WWE doctor Chris Amann started.
WrestleZone sent one of their reporters — Ross Berman — to attend the trial, and he has been recapping the CM Punk lawsuit case thoroughly, each day of the hearing. With much of the testimony completed, Cageside Seats reports that the judge in the case expects closing arguments to take place as early as Tuesday.
While the WWE is not officially part of the CM Punk trial, Amann is a doctor on staff with the company, and they are supporting him through this lawsuit.
To catch people up, On November 26, 2014, CM Punk was on The Art of Wrestling podcast, hosted by his close friend and fellow professional wrestler Colt Cabana. Sports Illustrated has the entire story, but here is the shortened version.
During this podcast appearance, Punk said that a high-ranking WWE doctor was to blame for a staph infection he had spreading after ignoring the signs. He said that the doctor made his health worse and he even grew ill due to alleged “substandard medical care”, with the doctor allegedly calling his staph infection a “fatty deposit”.
While he never mentioned Amann by name, it was apparent who CM Punk was talking about to fans of the WWE. He also said that he was getting sick after every match and the doctor kept giving him Z-Paks and ignoring the symptoms.
In February 2015, Dr. Amann sued CM Punk for defamation and invasion of privacy. He seeks more than $1 million from CM Punk in damages. Amann claims that CM Punk’s comments have hurt his reputation as a doctor, although he remains employed by the WWE.
Ross Berman has a complete breakdown of the testimony from the CM Punk trial. Here are some of the highlights.
During his testimony, Dr. Amann said that he received hateful tweets with some fans calling him “#DrZPak” and others mocking him for not checking on CM Punk’s staph infection — something that Amann also testified was not true when it came to the podcast remarks.
Colt Cabana’s testimony indicated that the staph lump was not on CM Punk’s back, but on the portion of his upper butt where his speedo covered it up. He also testified that they never once mentioned Dr. Amann by name and when they said the doctors “Z-Packed” Punk to death, it was about the entire WWE medical staff.
When CM Punk took the stand, he said that he was “shooting” and painting a picture to let his fans know his story. Punk also said that he stands by the “gist” of what he said on the podcast about the medical treatment by the WWE. He also testified that he told Amann about a concussion he incurred and Amann responded by asking “what do you want me to do?”
What this CM Punk trial will come down to is whether CM Punk had malicious intent to hurt Dr. Amann with his comments and whether or not there was any harm done to Amann as a result.
CM Punk’s wife AJ Lee is supposed to take the stand on Monday with closing arguments scheduled for Tuesday.