Wrestling fans woke on Saturday to absolutely shocking news.
Former WWE wrestler Matt Cappotelli passed away on Friday night at the age of 38.
Cappotelli’s star was definitely on the rise in the wrestling world.
As the co-winner of Tough Enough III, he won the right to a WWE contract.
For those not familiar with the show, it is a reality-based wresting show sponsored by the WWE to find new talent.
While being further developed at Ohio Valley Wrestling, Cappotelli did make a few appearances in prime time with WWE.
However, that all ended in 2005, when Cappotelli was diagnosed with brain cancer.
The tumor was removed in 2007, but that more or less signaled the end of his wrestling career.
After the surgery, Cappotelli started coaching to get his wrestling fix.
In 2013, he once again joined up with Ohio Valley Wrestling, but this time as a trainer for its Beginner Program.
Sadly, in July 2017, Cappotelli announced the cancer was back.
He had been diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme.
This is considered to be one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer.
The diagnosis literally put the former WWE wrestler on the clock.
He underwent another surgery, but his health continued to deteriorate.
His wife, Lindsay, announced his death to the world on the evening of June 29 via Facebook.
RIP Matt. Your fans, family, and friends will truly miss you.