|Birth name||Matthew Lee Cappotelli|
|Born||November 12, 1979|
Caledonia, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 29, 2018 38) (aged|
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Cause of death||Brain cancer|
|Alma mater||Western Michigan University|
Lindsay Seeders(m. 2006)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Matt Cappotelli|
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|Billed from||Rochester, New York|
|Trained by|| Al Snow |
|Debut||January 27, 2003|
|Retired||April 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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Cappotelli, along with John Hennigan, won a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) contract by winning Tough Enough III .During the show, Hardcore Holly stiffed him during a match in training, leaving him bleeding. After winning, he made sporadic appearances on WWE shows. At Vengeance Cappotelli competed in The APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl which Bradshaw won.
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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.Cappotelli announced to OVW wrestlers and fans on April 4, 2007 that he would undergo surgery for brain cancer in Boston on May 1. WWE's official website later reported that the surgery was a success, and that the majority of the brain tumor was removed. He was released from his contract in January 2009.
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Toward the end of 2013, Cappotelli became the trainer for OVW's Beginner Program.
Cappotelli attended college at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he was also a member of the football team.
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Cappotelli was married to Lindsay.They resided in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also worked as a personal trainer. He was close friends with professional wrestler and Western Michigan alumnus, Colt Cabana. His cousin is Big Brother winner Lisa Donahue.
In July 2017, Cappotelli announced that he was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma multiforme.In May 2018, Cappotelli's wife announced that, after consultations with his neuro-oncologist, Cappotelli was ceasing medical interventions for the tumour. He died on June 29, 2018, at the age of 38.
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