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Impact's Joe Doering battling brain cancer for second time

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Joe Doering’s brain cancer has returned.

Impact Wrestling announced on Tuesday that Doering, 40, told the company this past weekend that his brain cancer has returned and will be undergoing surgery “in the coming weeks." In the meantime, Doering will be stepping away from active competition.

“They told me in 2016 that I would never wrestle again, and I proved them wrong,” Doering told Impact Wrestling’s website in a statement. “Guess I’m going to have to do it again. I try to not get too sad or emotional about it. Staying positive really helped me the first time, and that’s what I’ll do again.”

Doering additionally said that he hopes to return to in-ring action very soon.

“Please keep me in your thoughts and spirits. I hope to get back in the ring again very soon. To the IMPACT Wrestling locker room: you are family to me and I look forward to seeing you again very, very soon.”

“I know our fans and the wider wrestling community will join everyone at IMPACT in keeping Joe and his wife Lindsay in their thoughts and prayers,” Impact Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore said in a statement. “Joe loves pro wrestling and we all look forward to him returning to action when he’s ready.”

Doering, who spent a majority of his career in All Japan Pro Wrestling before coming to Impact in 2020, previously battled cancer in 2016. He returned to AJPW the following January.