When you’re talking about famous pro wrestling related lawsuits you have to mention a couple ones including the 1994 WWF Steroid Trial and Hulk Hogan vs Gawker. But we could soon be regarding Dr. Chris Amann vs CM Punk and Colt Cabana right up there with some of the biggest in history.
Not only could this libel lawsuit set a precedent about what constitutes a lawsuit but it could also change how a case is presented in court and what kind of evidence is admissible.
During their reporting on the trial, Wrestle Zone’s Nick Hausman noted several negative tweets were shown directed at Dr. Chris Amann with the subject matter focusing on Z Paks in a negative way. As Hausman noted in his report: “One of the Twitter accounts was under the name ‘Mike Litoris’ which got a soft laugh around the room.” This should illustrate a clear point that the fate of individuals could someday be determined by the anonymous, hasty, and not thought out social media posts from the general public.
“They showed freaking tweets in the courtroom of crazy people on social media wishing him death and things like that or whatever they did after that podcast,” Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio. “It’s like if that is now part of slander trials is nutty people with their stupid tweets on Twitter, what a world we live in… unbelievable. I’m not even saying it’s wrong it’s just like I would have never thought that it would have come to this. So that’s his big distress.”
Amann also made plenty of other claims about how CM Punk’s comments about his work on the Art Of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana also negatively affected him in other ways, but one of the big demonstrations during day 2 of the trial seemed to be a slideshow of insane tweets from fans.
If the judgment comes down in favor of Dr. Chris Amann it might become a regular thing to start breaking out someone’s Twitter notifications in order to prove a case for public harassment and libel. As this case continues to develop it seems to be even more interesting than we might have originally thought as the long-term ramifications of this trial could be seen for a long time to come.