Matt Cappotelli

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Matt Cappotelli
Birth name Matthew Lee Cappotelli
Born (1979-11-12) November 12, 1979 (age 38)
Caledonia, New York, United States
Residence Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Alma mater Western Michigan University
Spouse(s) Lindsay Seeders (m. 2006)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Matt Cappotelli
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
Bill DeMott
Nick Dinsmore
Debut January 27, 2003
Retired April 4, 2007

Matthew Lee Cappotelli (born November 12, 1979) is an American former professional wrestler. After co-winning Tough Enough III with John Hennigan, he worked in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), the primary developmental territory for WWE. He ended his career due to a malignant brain tumor.

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Tough Enough[edit]

Cappotelli, along with John Hennigan, won a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) contract by winning Tough Enough III.[1] During the show, Hardcore Holly stiffed him during a match in training, leaving him bleeding.[2][3]

After winning, he made several appearances on WWE shows: on Monday Night Raw, a match against Hennigan ended with Christopher Nowinski interfering and Tommy Dreamer attacking everyone, on Sunday Night Heat Cappotelli and Hennigan took on Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak, at Vengeance Cappotelli competed in The APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl Which Bradshaw won, and on February 28, 2004, Hennigan and Cappotelli were defeated by Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin in a match on WWE Velocity.

Ohio Valley Wrestling[edit]

He was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in order to continue his training and work on his promo skills. In OVW, Cappotelli formed a tag team known as The Thrill Seekers with Johnny Jeter.

On November 9 at an OVW television taping, Cappotelli captured the OVW Heavyweight Championship by defeating his former tag team partner, Johnny Jeter. On February 8, 2006, he announced that he had previously been diagnosed with a grade 2/3 astrocytoma and surrendered the title to OVW owner Danny Davis at a television taping in Louisville, Kentucky.[4] Cappotelli announced to OVW wrestlers and fans on April 4, 2007 that he would undergo surgery for brain cancer in Boston on May 1.[5] WWE's official website later reported that the surgery was a success,[6] and that the majority of the brain tumor was removed.[7]

Towards the end of 2013, Cappotelli became the trainer for OVW's Beginner Program.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Cappotelli attended college at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he was also a member of the football team.[10][3]

Cappotelli married Lindsay Seeders in March 2006. They reside in Louisville, Kentucky. He is close friends with professional wrestler and Western Michigan alumnus, Colt Cabana.[11] His cousin is Big Brother winner Lisa Donahue.[12]

In July 2017, Cappotelli announced that he was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma multiforme.[13] In May 2018, Cappotelli's wife announced that, after consultations with his neuro-oncologist, Cappotelli was ceasing medical interventions for the tumour.[14][15]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b "MTV Onair – Toughenough". MTV. Retrieved 2007-04-08. In the end, Matt and John were chosen to be the winners of Tough Enough 3. 
  2. ^ "The Ringside Voice Interviews – Matt Cappotelli". The Ringside Voice. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Mooneyham, Mike (2006-02-26). "Cappotelli Proves He's Tough Enough". The Wrestling Gospel According to Mike Mooneyham. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  4. ^ Brady, Hicks. "2006: The year in wrestling". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 17. 2007 Edition. 
  5. ^ Dee, Louie (2007-04-06). "Matt Cappotelli to undergo brain surgery". WWE. 
  6. ^ "Cappotelli undergoes surgery". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  7. ^ "Cappotelli recovering well". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2007-05-09. 
  8. ^ "Helping wrestlers get a grip". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  9. ^ "Matt Cappotelli Beginner's Program". Ohio Valley Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2015-08-20. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Football History: All-Time Jersey Roster: #34". Western Michigan University. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  11. ^ Schenk, Ruth (2009-12-14). "Faith Warrior". Archived from the original on December 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  12. ^ @TheLisaDonahue (June 29, 2017). "Prayers needed for my cousin ❤️❤️" (Tweet). Retrieved September 4, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  13. ^ "Matt Cappotelli". 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  14. ^ "Slam! Wrestling News". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. May 21, 2018. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Mike (May 21, 2018). "Matt Cappotelli to discontinue treatments in his battle against cancer, how you can assist his family". PWInsider. Retrieved May 21, 2018. 
  16. ^ Westcott, Brian; Dupree, Jim. "NWA – National Wrestling Alliance NWA Ohio Valley Wrestling Heavyweight/Ohio Valley Wrestling Heavyweight Title History". Solie. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  17. ^ Westcott, Brian; Dupree, Jim. "NWA – National Wrestling Alliance NWA Ohio Valley Wrestling Southern Tag Team Title History". Solie. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  18. ^ Wilkens, Tom (2007-01-25). "2006 PWI Achievement Awards Winners Revealed". Wrestling News World. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 

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