We at Wrestle Royalty are deeply saddened to report on the passing of the Tough Enough III co-winner Matt Cappotelli. Matt was a co-winner with John Hennigen in the 2003 competition. Here is a video of that moment:
Following he and John Hennigen (Johnny Nitro/John Morrison) being co-winners, both would go on to wrestle on Raw and other outlets as a tag team. Unfortunately, the run in the main roster would end in 2004 for Cappotelli as he was sent down to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). While in OVW, Cappotelli would go on the win the OVW Heavyweight Championship from his former tag team partner, Johnny Jester on November 9th, 2005.
Unfortunately for Cappotelli, this reign would be short lived. On February 6th, 2006, he would go on OVW to announce that he was diagnosed with stage 2/3 brain cancer and would relinquish the title to OVW owner Danny Davis. On April 4th, 2007, Cappotelli would again appear in the ring to announce he had an appointment in Boston on May 1st of that year to have surgery.
WWE would go on to announce that the surgery was a success and most of the tumor had been removed. But the damage had been done as he would never be able to compete in the ring again. In 2013, Cappotelli would go on to become the trainer of OVW’s Beginner Program.
In July 2017, Cappotelli announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, which is a deadly form of cancer. Following the announcement, he would go on to seek medical treatment and advice from professionals, but sadly, none of it would work. In May 2018, his wife, Lindsay Seeders, would announce that he had ceased all medical help and decided to let the cancer take its course.
On June 29th, 2018, Cappotelli would succumb to the disease and ultimately pass away with his wife by his side. The entire WWE community has expressed their grief and sorrow since the announcement of his passing:
My first best friend in the wrestling business and to this day one of the best people I’ve ever known Matt Cappotelli has passed on. I’m gutted about this news. Matt inspired everyone around him especially me early in my career. He is loved and will be missed.
— John Morrison (@TheRealMorrison) June 29, 2018
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) June 30, 2018
I'm heart broken with the news of the passing of Matt Cappotelli. He is an inspiring young man that touched so many with his smile, his heart, and his faith. My love and prayers go out to Matts wife Lindsay and the family. #TeamCapp #RIPMAtt pic.twitter.com/GpZlWSfZiJ
— Bill DeMott (@BillDeMott) June 29, 2018
In 2005, Matt Cappotelli & I were gonna be brought up to WWE Smackdown as the tag team “Reality Check.” One day out of no where he called me and said that he had just been diagnosed w/… https://t.co/VDLPhFv6B8
— The Miz (@mikethemiz) June 30, 2018
Matt’s wife had just posted the following to her blog Wednesday and can be read at this link: https://lindsaycappotelli.blogspot.com/2018/06/one-year.html
Earlier today, she would go on to post the following to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/432701287195168/permalink/461676064297690/
Once again, we at Wrestle Royalty are deeply saddened and wish Matt’s family all the best with prayers and well wishes as they go through this terrible tragedy.