CM Punk and Colt Cabana were on the same side defending themselves in a defamation lawsuit just months ago, and now they are set to square off against each other in a different lawsuit.
Punk (real name Phil Brooks) is being sued by his former friend, Cabana (real name Scott Colton), over legal bills amassed defending themselves in their previous case.
Back in Nov. 2014, Punk joined Cabana’s “The Art of Wrestling” podcast and ripped the WWE in somewhat of a tell-all. Punk, who was one of the organization’s most popular wrestlers, had left the WWE in January and that was his first interview on the subject. In the interview, Punk was critical of a WWE doctor, which led to a defamation lawsuit from the physician.
Punk and Cabana were named as defendants in the suit and prevailed, but they racked up enormous legal bills in the process.
Cabana claims that Punk had told him in a text message that he would be “100% covered” in the fees, which is why Cabana went along with the suit. At some point later, Cabana switched counsel, leading to issues over the fees. Cabana claims in his lawsuit that he would have complied with the doctor’s cease and desist orders to avoid a lawsuit had Punk not told him he would cover the fees.
Cabana has sued Punk for $200,000 in damages plus another $1 million in punitive and exemplary damages.
Joe Rogan doesn’t think there’s any coincidence that CM Punk has been throttled in his two MMA fights.
Rogan, who served as a longtime UFC color commentator/analyst, spoke about CM Punk during his podcast this week. Rogan said that Punk “does not have athletic talent.”
“He’s a very nice guy and he’s a hard worker, but he does not have athletic talent,” Rogan said on “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “He’s missing… he’s a showman, and when he was in the WWE, he was allowed to say, ‘I am the f—ing man!’ And throw his hand up in the air and say he is the man, and they had it scripted so that he was the man.”
Punk made his name as a famous wrestler in the WWE. But he left the organization and signed with the UFC in late 2014. His first fight came two years later, and then he fought again over the weekend. He got crushed in both fights and ended up making a trip to the hospital after his loss Saturday.
“He doesn’t have the ability to move his body right,” said Rogan. “There’s a lot of guys you can take out there, track and field guys, football players and you can get them to fight better than him in a couple of weeks easily because they are athletes.
“They’d understand how to shift their weight and throw a punch. He doesn’t have any talent, is all it is, he doesn’t have physical talent for whatever reason.”
UFC president Dana White said after the loss that Punk should give up his MMA career.
This whole mixed martial arts thing isn’t exactly going so well for CM Punk.
The former WWE star was once again walloped in his second career MMA fight at UFC 225 Saturday. He suffered an embarrassing loss to Mike Jackson, and while the bout went the distance, it was a lopsided unanimous decision for Jackson (30-26 on all three cards) in which Punk took quite the beating.
Punk sounded awfully confident for someone who was choked out in the first round by Mickey Gall, but he has certainly had plenty of time to work on his technique. The 39-year-old signed with the UFC in December of 2014, and he probably has a better understanding of the competition he is up against. It will be interesting to see who Punk’s opponent will be.
CM Punk had an MMA debut debut to forget when he was dominated by Mickey Gall last September, but the payoff was apparently worth it.
Punk’s wife A.J. Mendez — also a former WWE wrestler who went by the ring name A.J. Lee — sat down for an interview with the “Jim and Sam Show” on SiriusXM this week. When the hosts mentioned that Punk seemed to take his loss by submission to Gall quite well, she indicated the paycheck that came from the fight had a lot to do with that.
“I don’t think it hurt that for one night of working you get paid $1 million,” Mendez said. “He was pretty psyched about that. He came backstage with a giant smile on his face. He was incredibly sweaty and I just threw myself on him and was like, ‘I’m so frickin’ proud of you.'”
Stephanie McMahon hit CM Punk with a zinger during “RAW” on Monday night.
RAW was held in Punk’s hometown of Chicago on Monday, so fans broke out with a chant of his name. McMahon must have been prepared, because she responded to the fans with a liner mocking Punk’s failed UFC debut in September.