It’s always sad when friends turn into enemies. But it’s hard to imagine any other outcome when two former allies find themselves on opposite ends of a court battle.
While CM Punk may have won his court case against WWE Dr. Chris Amann over accusations of defamation, it appears he’ll be back in the courtroom soon. Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, is now being taken to task for supposedly backing off a promise to cover legal fees for longtime friend Colt Cabana.
Punk and Cabana have a long history together. They’ve been friends in and outside of wrestling, and Punk even mentioned Cabana during his infamous worked-shoot promo years ago – a risky move, considering Cabana was not under contract with WWE and referencing wrestlers outside the WWE universe is usually not allowed.
Punk’s time in WWE was full of tension and backstage problems, namely with Punk’s ideas about how he and others were being misused on the show. This led to him walking out, and shortly thereafter, he appeared on Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast to air his grievances.
During the podcast, Punk mentioned he’d had a serious staph infection misdiagnosed during his time in WWE by Dr. Amann. Accusations of defamation against both men landed them in court for a lengthy (and expensive) battle. And while Cabana claims he kept the video up after takedown requests at Punk’s behest, and claims he has a text saying he’d be covered as far as legal fees go, it appears Punk disagrees.
As a result of Punk backing out of his supposed promise to cover Cabana’s legal fees, Cabana is suing Punk for over $1 million in legal fees and $200,000 in damages.
Punk’s last appearance in the public eye was during his infamous UFC 225 match. Punk took on 0-1 Mike Jackson, losing a decision and being released from the promotion shortly thereafter. Both Punk and the promotion caught flack for the fight, and even UFC president Dana White admonished Jackson for not finishing Punk who was clearly overmatched.
For those who love conspiracies, there’s one associated with the current court case. Punk has been a vocal critic of WWE since leaving, and some claim the company has been striking back albeit subtly. Punk received his official termination papers on his wedding day, and his court case with Amann wrapped up the week of his fight with Jackson.
It could be possible WWE attempted to press the issue as much as possible in an effort to drive a wedge between Punk and Cabana. If that was their aim, it appears to have been successful. And while Punk’s side of the story hasn’t been given, he certainly isn’t painted in a positive light thus far.
After complaining about WWE part-timers taking spots from dedicated regulars, he essentially did the same thing in the UFC. Now it seems like he’s pulling a financial fast-one on one of his closest longtime friends – bad form, if true.