Joe Doering, who for years was the top foreign star with All Japan Pro Wrestling, revealed today that he is battling brain cancer.
The announcement will be made within the next few hours by the promotion.
Doering revealed that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on 2/25, and had surgery to remove it on 3/4.
He will begin both chemotherapy and radiation treatment next week. The treatment will last for six weeks.
He expects that he will be eventually able to return to the ring.
Doering, 33, began training under Scott D'Amore in 2004, and worked in TNA when D'Amore was booker, as well as in the WWC in Puerto Rico before his first run in All Japan from 2007 to 2009. In his first year in the promotion, Doering & Keiji Muto beat Suwama & Satoshi Kojima in the finals of the annual tag team tournament. Doering & Muto followed by winning the world tag team titles on the second show of 2008.
He left All Japan for WWE in 2010, using the new Drake Brewer in developmental. But he was released after only eight months with the promotion and returned to All Japan at the end of 2010.
On July 27, 2014, Doering became only the sixth foreigner to win the Triple Crown title, beating Suwama, before dropping the title on January 3, 2015, to Go Shiozaki.
He won the 2013 tag team tournament with Suwama as his partner.