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The Grapevine (9/4/15): CM Punk Tries (And Fails) To Have The Lawsuit Thrown Out



Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the Grapevine, where we round up the (technically unconfirmed) rumors from the wild world of pro wrestling that you may have missed overnight.

The wrestling week is winding down, and let's take you home with some rumors:



  • In an update on WWE physician Chris Amann's defamation lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana, Punk and Colt's lawyers filed a motion to have the case thrown out. They claim that Punk never specifically mentioned Dr. Amann as the doctor who maligned him, and that Colt was merely doing his job as a member of the media in giving Punk a medium to voice out his feelings. Punk did actually name Dr. Amann on the interview, but never specifically mentioned his name in connection to his staph infection. A judge has ruled that the case continue and go into discovery of evidence. (Source: WON)

We say: We can sort of see the "Colt as a member of the media" argument holding up, but arguing that Punk never specifically mentioned Dr. Amann as the physician who ignored his staph infection is the kind of silly, weaselly thing only lawyers will claim. It's pretty damn obvious, from the way he was angry about him and how Z-Pak memes sprouted up after the podcast, that Amann was the guy Punk was talking about. It's a weak loophole that, from an objective standpoint, was rightfully shut down.


  • NXT jobber Blue Pants has heat with some NXT talents due to the way she's being used. Some ladies feel that anyone else could've been the Vaudevillains' valet at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn against Alexa Bliss, and others resent her for seemingly being able to make more money than she does. Leva Bates, the woman behind Blue Pants, is not only still able to work the indies, but is now able to charge more due to her NXT fame. She is also able to sell her own merchandise and keep all the profit. (Source: WON)

We say: If anything, the NXT talents' feelings on this are pretty short-sighted. It would be understandable if Leva Bates was on the same skill level as them, but she's been doing this longer and better than the regulars at Full Sail. She doesn't have regular employment like they do, too. Why shouldn't she be able to put herself in a situation that's better than the rest? We see it as something like a Samoa Joe deal for her. If they want to have this same freedom, they better learn to be as good as she is—or better yet, pressure the WWE to actually sign her so that we can see her on NXT regularly, and so that she can be regulated like everyone else. That's the only weird part, really; that the WWE has a jobber on retainer that's so over, but they haven't copped her yet.


  • Jeff Jarrett was reportedly in the UK last week to apparently negotiate a new TV deal for GFW. It would be their first deal in that market, and GFW is expected to announce something on it next week. (Source: PWInsider)

We say: That's all well and good, but let's hope GFW isn't growing too fast before they even put out their first TV show. We're wary of all this hype Jarrett is generating for himself—the GFW invasion on Impact Wrestling seems to be a rather lukewarm angle.

What do you think? Should Punk and Cabana win the defamation case? Do you think Blue Pants deserves the benefits she enjoys right now? Let us know in the comments!

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