WWE 'Tough Enough' Winner Matt Cappotelli to Have Emergency Surgery on Brain Tumor

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2017

NEW YORK - MARCH 18:  The World Wrestling Entertainment logo hangs on a wall at a media conference announcing the all-star lineup of WWE WrestleMania XIX at ESPN Zone in Times Square March 18, 2003 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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Matt Cappotelli, who won WWE's third Tough Enough competition, is undergoing surgery Thursday to remove a brain tumor.

Cappotelli was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005, which ended his wrestling career but resulted in a successful removal. He said part of this new tumor is inoperable.

"Waiting to be taken for my MRI and get prepared for my second brain surgery tomorrow," Cappotelli said in a statement Wednesday, per TMZ Sports. "Just found out the tumor that I had removed 10 years ago has come back much more aggressively and needs to be dealt with."

"It's a very large tumor and there is a portion that is inoperable. The portion that they're hoping to remove will be sent for pathology, which will determine what exactly we are dealing with and provide insight on future treatment plans and the next steps for the inoperable portion in my brain stem #John9:1-3."

Cappotelli, 37, wrestled from 2003-2007 and was in WWE's Ohio Valley Wrestling developmental system when he was first diagnosed with the brain tumor. He underwent surgery, which was deemed a success.

Cappotelli later became a trainer for OVW after his recovery.

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