Matt Cappotelli may have been robbed of his chance to become a major star in pro wrestling, but the reaction to his passing within the wrestling community showed a respect befitting a generational world champion.
Cappotelli passed away on 6/29 after a battle with the most deadly form of brain cancer. He was 38 years old. He had beaten brain cancer once, a battle that ended his career, but made him an inspirational figure to all who knew him because of his positive attitude.
Cappotelli’s in-ring interview on the February 8, 2006 taping of OVW’s television show was one of the most memorable interviews to those who saw it in modern wrestling. With the entire developmental roster surrounding the ring, he announced he had to vacate the championship and that he had just gotten the results of a biopsy. He said the news wasn’t as good as he like but it wasn’t that bad.