CM Punk took the stand in his own defense Friday morning and was brought to tears while discussing the 2014 Royal Rumble.
During the fourth day of testimony, Punk acknowledged being bitter about wrestling becoming his entire life when he taped the Art of Wrestling interview with longtime friend Colt Cabana, according to Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt.
Punk told jurors he did the podcast to set the record straight for his fans about the separation with WWE and that the interview was meant to be truthful, just “two friends talking.” Additionally, Punk said his health wasn’t good in 2013 and 2014 citing headaches, sleeplessness, dizziness and nausea. “I’m sure I wasn’t fun to be around,” he told jurors.
While discussing the ’14 Rumble, the UFC fighter began to cry as he described his judgement as “poor” at the time. A break was then called to allow Punk time to compose himself.
According to Wrestlezone, — who published a full blow-by-blow of the proceedings — Colt Cabana was questioned by attorneys prior to Punk taking the stand and told them he never felt the podcast was a lie … saying, “I thought it was a wild story and people deserved to hear it.”
Colt also confirmed seeing the lump on Punk’s back labeling it disgusting, discolored, and raised.
The former WWE star ended the day by going over text messages between he and AJ Lee discussing the lump on his back. He also said the podcast interview allowed him to finally move on with his life … adding, “Everything was the truth, and I think the truth can hurt.”
FUN FACT: Punk confirmed under oath that his initials stand for “chick magnet.”