Matt Cappotelli

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Matt Cappotelli
Birth nameMatthew Lee Cappotelli
Born(1979-11-12)November 12, 1979
Caledonia, New York, U.S. [1]
DiedJune 29, 2018(2018-06-29) (aged 38)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. [1]
Cause of death Brain cancer
Alma mater Western Michigan University
Lindsay Seeders(m. 2006)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Matt Cappotelli
The Flava
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Billed from Rochester, New York
Trained by Al Snow
Bill DeMott
DebutJanuary 27, 2003
RetiredApril 4, 2007

Matthew Lee Cappotelli (November 12, 1979 – June 29, 2018) was an American professional wrestler. After co-winning Tough Enough III with John Hennigan, he worked in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), the primary developmental territory for WWE. He ended his career due to a malignant brain tumor.

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John Morrison (wrestler) American professional wrestler

John Randall Hennigan is an American professional wrestler, actor and traceur, who currently wrestles for Impact Wrestling under the ring name Johnny Impact, where he is the current Impact World Champion in his first reign. He is best known for his tenure in WWE where he used the ring names John Morrison and Johnny Nitro. He is also known for wrestling in Mexico's Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and Lucha Underground under the ring name Johnny Mundo, and under various names on the independent circuit.

Ohio Valley Wrestling company

Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. It was initially a member promotion of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) from its inception in 1993 until 2000, when it became the primary developmental territory for the World Wrestling Federation. It remained in this role from 2000 until 2008. The promotion was unaffiliated from February 7, 2008 until November 2011, and is currently run by Al Snow, who took over from founder and former owner Nightmare Danny Davis.


Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Tough Enough

Cappotelli, along with John Hennigan, won a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) contract by winning Tough Enough III . [2] During the show, Hardcore Holly stiffed him during a match in training, leaving him bleeding. [3] [4] After winning, he made sporadic appearances on WWE shows. [1] At Vengeance Cappotelli competed in The APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl which Bradshaw won.

<i>WWE Tough Enough</i> television series

WWE Tough Enough is a professional wrestling reality television series produced by WWE, wherein participants undergo professional wrestling training and compete for a contract with WWE. There were two winners per season for the first three seasons, all of which aired on MTV. A fourth competition was held in 2004, with only a single winner, who was integrated into UPN's SmackDown!. As revealed in October 2010, the USA Network, revived Tough Enough to air it immediately prior to Raw, starting on April 4, 2011, a day after WrestleMania XXVII. The first three seasons were co-produced with MTV, while the revival is a co-production with Shed Media. Repeat broadcasts of the revival series are shown on Universal HD and have also aired recently on Oxygen and G4.

Hardcore Holly American professional wrestler and actor

Robert William Howard Jr. is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is best known for his 16-year career with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment (WWF/E) under the ring names Thurman "Sparky" Plugg, Bob "Spark Plug" Holly, Bombastic Bob and Hardcore Holly.

Vengeance (2003) 2003 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view event

Vengeance (2003) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) which took place on July 27, 2003 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. It was the third annual Vengeance event and starred wrestlers from the SmackDown! brand.

Ohio Valley Wrestling

Cappotelli was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). [1] There, he formed a tag team known as The Thrill Seekers with Johnny Jeter. [5]

Tag team team of multiple wrestlers

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Johnny Jeter American professional wrestler

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On November 9 at an OVW television taping, Cappotelli captured the OVW Heavyweight Championship by defeating his former tag team partner, Johnny Jeter. On February 8, 2006, he announced that he had previously been diagnosed with a grade 2/3 astrocytoma and surrendered the title to OVW owner Danny Davis at a television taping in Louisville, Kentucky. [6] Cappotelli announced to OVW wrestlers and fans on April 4, 2007 that he would undergo surgery for brain cancer in Boston on May 1. [7] WWE's official website later reported that the surgery was a success, [8] and that the majority of the brain tumor was removed. [9] He was released from his contract in January 2009. [1]

OVW Heavyweight Championship

The OVW Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling heavyweight championship owned by the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) promotion. The title was introduced on August 17, 1997 at an OVW live event, then known as the NWA-OVW Heavyweight Championship due to OVW's relationship with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) governing body. OVW eventually parted ways with the NWA in October 2001, and the title was renamed the OVW Heavyweight Championship. OVW later became a developmental territory for the World Wrestling Entertainment organization, but their partnership eventually ceased on February 7, 2008. The title has no known weight-limit, even though it is a heavyweight championship.

Astrocytoma malignant glioma that is has_material_basis_in astocyte cells, a type of star-shaped glial cell, located_in the cerebrum.

Astrocytomas are a type of cancer of the brain. They originate in a particular kind of glial cells, star-shaped brain cells in the cerebrum called astrocytes. This type of tumor does not usually spread outside the brain and spinal cord and it does not usually affect other organs. Astrocytomas are the most common glioma and can occur in most parts of the brain and occasionally in the spinal cord. Within the astrocytomas, two broad classes are recognized in literature, those with:

Louisville, Kentucky City in Kentucky

Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th most-populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being Lexington, the state's second-largest city. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, located in the northern region of the state, on the border with Indiana.

Toward the end of 2013, Cappotelli became the trainer for OVW's Beginner Program. [10] [11]

Personal life and death

Cappotelli attended college at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he was also a member of the football team. [12] [4]

Western Michigan University public university located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Western Michigan University (WMU) is a public research university in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. The university was established in 1903 by Dwight B. Waldo. Its enrollment, as of the Fall 2016 semester, was 23,252.

Kalamazoo, Michigan City in Michigan

Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. As of the 2010 census, Kalamazoo had a population of 74,262. Kalamazoo is the major city of the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 335,340 as of 2015. Kalamazoo is equidistant from the major American cities of Chicago and Detroit, each less than 150 miles away.

Cappotelli was married to Lindsay. [1] They resided in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also worked as a personal trainer. [1] He was close friends with professional wrestler and Western Michigan alumnus, Colt Cabana. [13] His cousin is Big Brother winner Lisa Donahue. [14]

In July 2017, Cappotelli announced that he was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma multiforme. [15] In May 2018, Cappotelli's wife announced that, after consultations with his neuro-oncologist, Cappotelli was ceasing medical interventions for the tumour. [16] [17] He died on June 29, 2018, at the age of 38. [18] [1]

Championships and accomplishments

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