WWE Issues Statement On The Performance Center Shooting

UPDATE: WWE COO Triple H has issued the following statement regarding the shooting that took place at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando on Monday afternoon that sent one person to the hospital with a gunshot wound:

“Unfortunately, a deranged individual with no WWE affiliation, who had a court order prohibiting him from being on WWE property, was involved in an incident with an Orange County Sherriff’s deputy in the parking lot of the WWE Performance Center. We defer to the Orange County Sherriff’s department for further comment and information.”

ORIGINAL: WESH in Orlando, Florida is reporting that there was a shooting outside the WWE Performance Center earlier today. One person was hospitalized after suffering a gunshot wound per Orange County Fire Rescue officials.

Medics were called to the scene at around 1:45PM today (August 31). The patient was then taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. No other details on the shooting are available at this time.

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Major Updates – Chris Amann vs. CM Punk & Colt Cabana Lawsuit

Source: Pwinsider.com

More details have emerged regarding the unfolding lawsuit by WWE doctor Chris Amann against former WWE World Champion Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk) and Colt Cabana. The lawsuit is based on the Art of Wrestling podcast from November 2014 when Punk criticized the WWE, and he also accused Amann of misdiagnosing a serious staph infection injury he had.

Here is the latest on a number of filings for the case that was filed with The Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Amann is suing for $1 million in damages, plus punitive damages. Below are some highlights:

* For his initial court filing, Amann used transcripts from the podcast to build a case that Punk and Cabana attacked him and impugned his standing as a medical physician. Amann claimed that Punk never asked him to treat or excise a lump in his back. Amann also claims that Punk never showed him the lump in question for diagnosis or treatment. In addition, he says that he never prescribed antibiotics for “a lump in his back, broken ribs or concussion.”

* Amann says the comments against him by Punk and Cabana were “false and defamatory.” Those comments were also magnified by all the coverage the podcast received online. He adds that the two knowingly “fabricated” the statements, published those statements with negligence, and that Cabana and Punk failed to “investigate the veracity” of their own personal statements. Amann claimed the podcast caused him to suffer injury to his reputation as a medical professional and doctor.

* In April 2015, Punk and Cabana’s attorneys filed motions referring to the lawsuit as a “vindictive and deeply misguided attempt to impose a heavy cost at legally-protected speech.” Their filing also described Amann’s lawsuit as “seeking to punish a former wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., who expressed some critical opinions about WWE and his past experiences with that company.”

* The motion by Punk’s camp also noted the following: Amann’s claims against Punk were “legally deficient” because “the challenged statements do not refer to Amann by name and that the “complaint relies upon extrinsic ‘facts’ to try and connect Plaintiff (Amann) to the unidentified individuals and groups referenced in the statements about which the Plaintiff complains.”

* Punk and Cabana’s camp also say Amann’s claims of defamation against his reputation are also “legally deficient” because the statements “reasonably capable of being interpreted as referring to a person or persons other than the Plaintiff.”

* The filing by Punk and Cabana’s camp also notes on the claims of defamation: “When considered, as they must be, within the context of the entire interview in question – can be reasonably construed as reflecting Brooks’ intention to share his subjective views, interpretations and theories regarding his experiences, not to defame Plaintiff.”

* In additions, they are saying Amann’s claims “fail as a mater of law” because he is challenging Punk’s expressions of opinion under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The filing reads: “Brooks’ colorful, figurative, rhetorical and/or hyperbolic language, and his subjective views, interpretations and theories regarding the matters he was addressing are non-actionable opinions protected by the First Amendment.”

* Regarding Cabana, a motion filed noted that the Plaintiff fails to state valid causes of claims against Cabana.

* Cabana’s camp says the claims against him are non-actionable because they are based on opinions made by Cabana are Cabana responding to the material Punk was discussing.

* The statements in Amann’s allegations do not meet the standards to claim Cabana acted with actual malice.

* In addition, Cabana is claiming that his role as an interview for the Art of Wrestling podcast is is protected legally by “neutral reporting privilege.” His camp proclaims that Cabana “interviews public figures and addresses issues of public concern about professional wrestling.”

* The filing also noted that Amann is involved in” controversial” WWE Wellness Policy program, one of the subjects that Cabana and Punk were discussing on “Art of Wrestling.”

* On July 20, the motions were denied, and the presiding Judge reportedly ordered both sides to go into the Discovery phase. This phase could take up to 28 months. If the issue is not settled in that time, the case may go to trial sometime in late 2017.

* On August 28, attorneys for Punk and Cabana filed new motions to detail their defense.

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Who Is The Greatest WWE World Champion Ever?, Details

WWE.com has published a new Editor’s Choice article asking Who Is The Greatest WWE World Champion Ever?

In the article, various WWE.com editors provide their opinions and picks on who they believe is the greatest WWE world champion of all time.

Picks include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Seth Rollins, Bruno Sammartino, Macho Man Randy Savage, Kurt Angle, Triple H, and John Cena.

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Brock Lesnar News – WWE 2K16 Ring Entrance (Video), NY Times Article

The New York Times has published a new article on WWE Superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

– IGN has released a video of Brock Lesnar’s WWE 2K16 ring entrance. You can check out the video in the player below.

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Update On NXT Coming To Nashville + WWE/Connor’s Cure Video

Triple H posted details on the upcoming NXT event that will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. You can check out his tweet below.

The event is scheduled for Friday, October 2 at the War Memorial Auditorium. This will be the night before the WWE Network special event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tickets for the WWE NXT Nashville event go on sale Friday at 10AM. In addition, NXT will be holding an event at the “LouderThanLife” festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

Before @WWENXT heads to @LTLFest, see them LIVE in #NXTNashville at the War Memorial Auditorium, Friday 10/2. Tickets on sale Fri. at 10am.

— Triple H (@TripleH) August 31, 2015

– WWE released the following video on Connor’s Cure:

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VIDEOS: WWE ‘Swerved’ Season Finale After RAW, ‘Superstar Ink’

– Tonight’s edition of Swerved on the WWE Network is the show’s season finale. WWE issued the following press release on the episode:

THE SEASON FINALE OF SWERVED AIRS TONIGHT ON WWE® NETWORK

STAMFORD, Conn., August 31, 2015 – Don’t miss the season finale of WWE Network’s hilarious original series, Swerved, tonight, immediately following Monday Night Raw on USA Network.

In the season’s final episode, Superstars seek revenge as Paige gets a cattle prod, Adam Rose deals with a saucy fan, and Superstars and Divas remember their favorite moments from the season. A sneak peek of tonight’s episode is available here:

– Here is a preview of Superstar Ink featuring Corey Graves and King Barrett:

Don’t miss @WWEGraves hosting #SuperstarInk THIS THURSDAY on http://t.co/wNpELtT99X with special guest @WadeBarrett!
https://t.co/aSsWTdqyw4

— WWE (@WWE) August 31, 2015

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Report – Tough Enough Not Returning To The USA Network

Source: The Wrestling Observer

According to sources, the backstage feeling in WWE that a second season of Tough Enough will not air on the USA Network.

The show could be brought back as a WWE Network exclusive. However, it is unlikely the show will be brought back on USA. We can confirm that USA Network officials were not happy with the ratings for the return of the show as they had expected much higher numbers.

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Backstage Update – Sarah ‘Sarita’ Stock Signing With WWE?

Source: The Wrestling Observer

As previously reported, Sarah Stock (Sarita, Dark Angel), recently announced that she is leaving CMLL in Mexico.

According to sources, she is expected to sign with WWE and become a coach at the WWE Performance Center. She worked as a guest coach for the Center in the past, teaching a lucha libre style to the NXT Divas.

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International Discovery Networks Already Pulling iMPACT

Tomorrow, the first of September, is rumored to be TNA’s final month on Destination America. While TNA hasn’t responded to reports that DA will use their “out clause” and drop the show at the end of September, the company has taped the next several weeks of Impact in advance and there are no tapings set for future episodes.

International Discovery Networks that air the show have already pulled it from future airings. Saturday’s episode on Discovery en Espanol was replaced with two episodes of the show Curiosity. They were also pulled from Finland and Romania on Discovery’s Eurosport channel. There is talk that TNA will hold tapings in India in November while trying to get other international deals.

BREAKING NEWS: Destination America **HAS NOW CONFIRMED** That They Are Cancelling TNA iMPACT! Wrestling In October (>>) ……..

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