Former WWE Tough Enough winner Matt Cappotelli is preparing for surgery tomorrow after learning a brain tumor has returned in a much more aggressive form.
Cappotelli was first diagnosed with a tumor back in 2005, and the first surgery to remove the first tumor led to his eventual in-ring retirement. Cappotelli posted the following on his wife’s Facebook account:
“Waiting to be taken for my MRI and get prepared for my second brain surgery tomorrow. Just found out that 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 are 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 was on the third season of WWE Tough Enough and won a WWE contract along with John Hennigan, and most recently has been working as a trainer at Ohio Valley Wrestling.