Following a successful lawsuit over WWE Dr. Chris Amann for defamation, Colt Cabana is suing former close friend CM Punk $1 million over legal fees and $200,000 in general damages.
The news was first reported by Evan F. Moore of the Chicago Sun-Times, and now there may be an even crazier twist to go with it. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (subscription required) reported that WWE probably preferred to have Cabana turn on Punk in the midst of the trial.
Meltzer added that WWE wasn't worried about Cabana, and Punk was their main priority in the lawsuit. Hence, Cabana may have been brought on so WWE could try and break their friendship. Whether WWE tried this or not, Cabana and Punk's bond is clearly severed at this point.
As noted by WrestlingInc.com, Cabana and Punk's relationship had been tense before the trial, but they had to work together as both were suing Amann. Finally, Meltzer said both men have spent about a half million dollars in legal fees, and it's unlikely they'll want to head into another trial.
CM Punk and Colt Cabana began wrestling together in the early 2000s, working in various promotions across the central United States. They competed together in Ring of Honor together, before eventually reaching the WWE together.
But as we all know, money and power can do a lot to end friendships in this world, and we've seen so many wrestling talents go from friends to arch enemies throughout the years.
CM Punk had an ugly departure from the WWE in 2014 when he walked out before the airing of the Jan. 27, 2014 episode of Raw. Punk had grown unhappy with his pay scale and the WWE's refusal to let him headline a WrestleMania event. The company has avoided mentioning Punk's name since his departure.
But the worst part of this whole ordeal may simply be Cabana and Punk no longer being close friends, and now one party is trying to sue an old companion after they won a lawsuit together.