WWE doctor suing CM Punk for millions
A ringside doctor for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) hit two former wrestlers with a defamation lawsuit Thursday.
The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, focuses on statements Phillip Jack Brooks and Scott Colton– known to WWE fans as CM Punk and Colt Cabana, respectively — made about Dr. Christopher M. Amann last year on Colton’s “The Art of Wrestling” podcast.
Amann, a Will County resident who has worked as the senior ringside physician for WWE since 2010, claims the duo’s statements were false, defamatory and put him a false light by improperly insinuating “a lack of integrity … and/or inability or lack of competence to perform his professional duties as a medical doctor.”
Claiming his reputation has suffered as a result of the former WWE wrestlers’ comments, Amann is seeking more than $1 million in compensatory damages, as well as an undetermined amount of punitive damages.
During the Nov. 26 episode of Colton’s weekly podcast, Amann says Brooks “repeatedly and falsely impugned the integrity” of him as a doctor by saying he misdiagnosed a growth on the wrestler’s back as a fatty deposit and disregarded requests to remove it.
Brooks went on to say “the lump grew to the size of a baseball, was purple and morphed into a life-threatening, ‘full-blown’ MRSA staph infection,” according to Amann’s suit, which includes a lengthy transcript of the episode as an exhibit.
Brooks, who has transitioned into world of Mixed Martial Arts since his departure from the WWE last year, said it wasn’t until he went to his wife’s doctor that he learned the lump was a serious infection and was told he could have died from it.
That doctor, according to Brooks, cut and squeezed out the lump’s contents in what he described to listeners as “the most painful experience of my entire life.”