WWE Tough Enough III winner Matt Cappotelli has brain cancer. Cappotelli revealed the diagnosis of a Grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) on Wednesday night on Facebook. He will have a lumbar puncture on Friday to assess whether the cancer has spread to his cerebrospinal fluid and will meet with his doctors early next week to discuss treatment options. Here’s your Facebook statement:
” This is not the news I expected to hear or share, but it will not in any way dissuade me from continuing my struggle. The lumbar puncture this Friday will determine if the cancer cells have spread to my spinal fluid. Monday is a follow up with my team of doctors to determine the treatment steps needed to overcome this. Thanks to everyone at #TEAMCAPP. “
Cappotelli, who was awarded a WWE contract with John Morrison after winning Tough Enough III in 2003, was diagnosed with grade 2/3 malignant astrocytoma in December 2005. He underwent surgery in April 2007 to remove it. The tumble prevented Cappotelli from being called to the main cast of WWE, but the company honored his contract until it expired on January 4, 2009.