WWE Dr. Chris Amann lawsuit against CM Punk goes to trial, New York Times on WWE Network, John Cena/Nikki Bella

WWE doctors lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana goes to trial

Dr. Chris Amann’s lawsuit against Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and Scott “Colt Cabana” Colton is set to be heard before the Circuit Court of Cook County on June 27 according to The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. Amann, Senior Ringside Physician for WWE, filed a defamation lawsuit against Brooks and Colton last year over comments made on an episode of the “Art of Wrestling” podcast back in November 2014. Amann claims statements made by Brooks and Colton on the podcast were false, defamatory and put him in a false light by improperly insinuating “a lack of integrity … and/or inability or lack of competence to perform his professional duties as a medical doctor.”

New York Times examines the WWE Network

Joe Nocera of The New York Times is featuring an article looking at the launch of the WWE Network two years ago and how the NFL recently selling streaming rights to Twitter for 10 Thursday night football games for a reported $15 million could mean the National Football League could be embracing the future.

“But strategically at least, what the N.F.L. is doing is not all that different from what WWE has done with its digital app. With more and more people watching movies and television shows that are streamed to digital devices rather than shown via traditional platforms like cable and satellite, the N.F.L. is preparing for the day when the same is true for live sports.”

New York Times: The N.F.L. Has Seen the Future, and It Is WWE Wrestling

John Cena and Nikki Bella attend “American Idol” finale

WWE stars John Cena and Nikki Bella both attended the FOX season finale of “American Idol” this week. Cena was promoting the debut of his new “American Grit” reality series that premieres on FOX next Thursday (April 14) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (8:00 CT).