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|Birth name||Matthew Lee Cappotelli|
November 12, 1979 |
Caledonia, New York
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||The Flava
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|Billed from||Rochester, New York|
|Trained by||Al Snow
|Debut||January 27, 2003|
Matthew Lee "Matt" Cappotelli (born November 12, 1979) is a former American professional wrestler, last working in Ohio Valley Wrestling, which was the primary developmental territory for World Wrestling Entertainment until February 7, 2008. He has postponed his career due to a malignant brain tumor, which has been fully removed.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2005–2009)
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Cappotelli was embroiled in controversy when one of the former Tough Enough trainers, Bob "Hardcore" Holly, worked stiff on the unsuspecting Cappotelli during a practice match, leaving him bruised and bloody. Holly later accidentally concussed Cappotelli while wrestling him at a live event on April 24, 2004.
On July 31, 2005, Cappotelli suffered a broken fibula during a match against The Blond Bombers (Chad and Tank Toland) at an Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) event in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, when he landed awkwardly after a suplex. He was out of action for approximately eight weeks.
On November 9 at an OVW television taping, Cappotelli captured the OVW Heavyweight Championship by defeating his former tag team partner, Johnny Jeter. WWE was planning to bring Cappotelli up into the main roster, but he was diagnosed with a grade 2/3 astrocytoma in December 2005. He was scheduled to undergo tests to further diagnose the tumor and plan treatment. On February 8, 2006, he announced the brain tumor was indeed cancerous and surrendered the title to OVW owner Danny Davis during an emotional speech at a television taping in Louisville, Kentucky. Cappotelli announced that he was planning on surgery on May 1, 2007.
Cappotelli announced to OVW wrestlers and fans on April 4, 2007 that he would undergo surgery for brain cancer in Boston on May 1. WWE's official website later posted an article, which included video of the announcement. WWE's official website later reported that the surgery was a success, and that the majority of the brain tumor was removed. He underwent 30 Radiation treatments and is undergoing continual bouts of monthly chemotherapy.
On January 4, 2009, Cappotelli's WWE contract expired and he was not re-signed.
He married Lindsay Adalaide Seeders in March 2006.
- Finishing moves
- Aftertaste (Superkick)
Championships and accomplishments
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
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In the end, Matt and John were chosen to be the winners of Tough Enough 3.
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