Matt Cappotelli

[Matt Cappotelli GALLERY]

[Tough Enough Kids]

Title History

  • Tough Enough III Champion;
  • OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Jeter (November 9, 2005);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning – WWE Tough Enough:

  • Matt Cappotelli was one of the two winners of WWE Tough Enough III along with John Hennigan (aka John Morrison)..
  • February 15, 2003 – WWE Live Event: Matt Cappotelli & Maven defeated Christopher Nowinski & Chief Sean Morley..
  • March 2, 2003 – WWE Live Event: Rico defeated Matt Cappotelli..
  • April 23, 2003 – OVW Taping: John Hennigan & Matt Cappotelli appear saying that they will continue to train at OVW..
  • July 14, 2003 – RAW: John Hennigan & Matt Cappotelli defeated Horshu & Aaron Stevens in a dark match..
  • July 16, 2003 – OVW: John Hennigan & Matt Cappotelli defeated Travis Bane & Seven by disqualification..
  • July 19, 2003 – OVW: John Hennigan & Matt Cappotelli defeated Paul E. Normous & Chris Nifong..
  • July 27, 2003 – Vengeance: Matt Cappotelli competed in the special APA Bar Room Brawl, won by Bradshaw..
  • October 1, 2003–Ohio Vally Wrestling: OVW Announced Hardcore Holly vs Matt Cappotelli for next week.
  • October 8, 2003–OVW: Matt Cappotelli defeated Hardcore Holly by disqualification after a run-in by the Disciples of Synn.
  • January 11, 2004 – WWE Heat: Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak defeated John Hennigan & Matt Cappotelli..
  • April 24, 2004 – WWE Live Event: Hardcore Holly defeated Matt Cappotelli in a match where Cappotelli suffered a concussion..

Ohio Valley Wrestling – The Thrill Seekers:

  • 2004: Matt Cappotelli formed a babyface tag team with Johnny Jeter known as the “Thrill Seekers”..
  • November 15, 2004 – RAW: Matt Cappotelli & Johnny Jeter defeated Chris Cage & Johnny Nitro in a dark match..
  • November 18, 2004 – SmackDown!: Johnny Jeter & Matt Cappotelli beat Johnny Nitro & Joey Matthews w/Melina Perez (dark match)..
  • January 27, 2005–OVW: The Blue Print & Vengeance beat Johnny Jeter & Matt Cappotelli and The Heartbreakers in a 3-WAY..
  • February 9, 2005–Ohio Valley Wrestling: Johnny Jeter & Matt Cappotelli b The Heartbreakers (Antonio Thomas & Romeo Roselli)..
  • February 16, 2005–OVW: Johnny Jeter & Matt Cappotelli defeated Joey Matthews & Johnny Nitro to retain the Tag Team titles!
  • February 17, 2005 – SmackDown!: Scotty Too Hotty & Matt Cappotelli defeated The Shane Twins (Mike & Todd) in a dark match..
  • February 19, 2005–Ohio Valley Wrestling: Matt Cappotelli & Johnny Jeter defeated Joey Matthews & Johnny Nitro w/Melina Perez..
  • March 2, 2005–OVW: The Thrill Seekers defeated The Blonde Bombers (Tank & Chad Toland) to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • March 16, 2005–Ohio Valley Wrestling: MNM & The Blonde Bombers beat The Thrillseekers & The Heartbreakers (8-MAN TAG)..
  • May 9, 2005 – RAW: Stevie Richards defeated Matt Cappotelli in a dark match..
  • May 17, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Matt Capottelli defeated Tank Toland in a 1-on-1 match to earn a title shot for the Thrillseekers..
  • May 23, 2005 – RAW: C.M. Punk defeated Matt Capottelli in a dark match..
  • May 21-22, 2005: Matt Cappotelli went on the road with the RAW crew, beating Tyson Tomko in 1-on-1 matches on both nights.
  • May 31, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Matt Capottelli defeated Vik Delicious in a dark match..
  • June 3, 2005–OVW Six Flags Show: The Blonde Bombers (The Tolands) defeated The Thrill Seekers (Jeter & Cappotelli)..
  • June 7, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Paul Burchill & Ken Anderson beat The Thrillseekers (Johnny Jeter & Matt Cappotelli) by disqualification..
  • ~~~Johnny Jeter, who was recently blinded in one eye due to Jillian Hall, snapped and went crazy costing them the match..
  • June 14, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Osama & Da Beast beat The Thrill Seekers (Cappotelli & Jeter) with help from Mo’ Green..
  • July 25, 2005 – RAW: Matt Cappotelli & Mike Mizanin defeated The Highlanders (Rob & Rory McAllister) in a dark match..
  • July 28, 2005 – SmackDown!: Matt Capotelli & Mike Mizanin defeated The Highlanders (Rory & Robby McAllister) in a dark match..
  • July 1, 2005–OVW Six Flags: The Thrillseekers (Johnny Jeter & Matt Capotelli) defeated Osama & Da Beast w/Mo Green..
  • July 27, 2005–Ohio Valley Wrestling: The Thrillseekers defeated MNM w/Melina Perez in a #1 Contenders match..
  • ~~~An additional stipulation was that the person who scored the pinfall earned a title shot..
  • ~~~The Thrillseekers scored simoltaneous pins, setting up a future 1-on-1 match for #1 Contendership..
  • July 29, 2005–OVW Six Flags: Ken Anderson defeated Matt Cappotelli in a #1 Contenders match for the tag team titles..
  • July 30, 2005: Matt Cappotelli suffered a broken fibula at an Ohio Valley Wrestling show in a match with the Blonde Bombers..
  • August 3, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Johnny Jeter w/Matt Cappotelli defeated Brent Albright to win the OVW Heavyweight title!
  • ~~~Ken Anderson & Daniel Puder distracted Brent Albright, who turned around and got superkicked and pinned by Jeter!
  • ~~~Johnny Jeter then turned heel and attacked the injured Matt Cappotelli, claiming he didn’t need him any more!

Ohio Valley Wrestling – Matt Cappotelli vs Johnny Jeter:

  • August 10, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Brent Albright defeated Johnny Jeter (OVW Champion) by DQ with Matt Cappotelli at ringside..
  • ~~~Johnny Jeter superkicked Cappotelli and used a steel chair on Brent Albright resulting in the Disqualification..
  • ~~~Johnny Jeter then went nuts on Matt Cappotelli with repeated chairshots to the head, busting him open really bad!
  • ~~~The locker room emptied and everyone “looked visibly shaken” implying that something hadn’t gone exactly as “planned”..
  • ~~~Matt Capotelli was rushed to hospital and the dark match was “cancelled”. Said to be an intense ending to a show..
  • August 17, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Matt Cappotelli cut a promo via telephone that was interrupted by Johnny Jeter..
  • ~~~Johnny Jeter physically assulted announcer Dean Hill, who had a fit and called Jeter an “Asshole” and yelled “F&ck you!”.
  • ~~~Brent Albright came out and Johnny Jeter went nuts smashing Albright’s head with a steel folding chair!
  • ~~~Danny Davis showed up and ordered everyone to leave and he fought with Johnny Jeter bringing out Julie Davis..
  • August 24, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Johnny Jeter defeated Deuce Shade to retain the OVW Heavyweight title..
  • ~~~After the match, Jeter ran to the parking lot where Matt Cappotelli (leg in a cast) was waiting..
  • September 21, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Johnny Jeter w/Mr. Kennedy defeated Daniel Puder to retain the OVW Heavyweight title..
  • ~~~~~~Johnny Jeter & Ken Kennedy attacked Daniel Puder after the match until Matt Cappotelli made the save!..
  • October 26, 2005–OVW Taping: Johnny Jeter defeated Matt Cappotelli with a belt shot with interference of Ken Kennedy..
  • November 2, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Matt Cappotelli defeated Paul Burchill..
  • November 4, 2005–OVW TV House Show: Matt Cappotelli & Chris Cage defeated Johnny Jeter & Mike Mondo…
  • November 7, 2005 – RAW: Mike Mizanin & Matt Capetolli beat The Highlanders (Robbie & Rory McAllaister) in a dark match..

Ohio Valley Wrestling – OVW Heavyweight Champion:

  • November 9, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Matt Cappotelli defeated Johnny Jeter in a 2/3 Falls match to win the Heavyweight title!!!
  • November 13, 2005–OVW House Show: Matt Cappotelli defeated Johnny Jeter to retain the OVW Heavyweight title..
  • November 18, 2005–OVW House Show: Matt Cappotelli & Chris Cage defeated Johnny Jeer & Aaron ‘the Idol’ Stevens..
  • November 23, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Matt Cappotelli defeated Aaron ‘the Idol’ Stevens (w/Beth & Shelly) to retain the OVW title!
  • November 30, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Matt Cappotelli/Christy Hemme beat Aaron Stevens/Beth/Shelly with help from Mickie James!
  • December 7, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Chris Cage & Matt Capotelli beat Nick Nemeth & Paul Burchill in a dark match..
  • December 10, 2005–Ohio Valley Wrestling: Matt Cappotelli defeated Osama Rodriguez to retain the OVW Heavyweight title..
  • December 14, 2005–OVW TV Taping: Johnny Jeter & Mark Henry vs Chris Cage & Matt Cappotelli ended in a No Contest..
  • ~~~Chris Cage turned on Matt Cappotelli and delivered a stiff vicious chairshot to Cappotellis head!
  • December 2005: After the stiff chairshot, Matt Cappotelli was examined at hospital and a brain tumor was discovered..
  • February 8, 2006–OVW TV Tapings: Matt Cappotelli vacated the OVW title said he had brain cancer and gave an emotional speech..

    Credit: (On February 8, 2006):

    (At the OVW Television Taping) Matt Cappotelli announced in the ring at the Danny Davis Arena in Louisville that he had brain cancer in a long and highly emotional and religious speech.

    The 26-year-old OVW champion gave the championship belt back to Danny Davis, saying that he can’t do the title justice because he can’t defend it. He said that his doctors told him, on a scale of one-to-four, four being the worst, that his cancer was a two. He said he was exploring his options but would be undergoing surgery, and likely chemotherapy. His doctors told him it was too soon to determine whether he would wrestle again. The building was in tears as Cappotelli, who stopped several times, got down and prayed in the ring, and said he would like to get in contact with anyone in pain and try and help them through it. All the wrestlers surrounded the ring as he gave his speech. All of the wrestlers got in the ring with him.

    The show ended before 10 p.m. Eastern time, and Cappotelli stayed until past midnight talking to every fan who wanted to talk with him, exchanging addresses, numbers or e-mails, until he had talked with virtually every fan that attended the show. The speech will air on the OVW TV show that airs on Saturday.

  • Matt Cappotelli and his girlfriend Lindsey were secretly married in Hawaii without telling anyone their plans..
  • April 4, 2007: Matt Cappotelli announced his tumor had grown to 7-8cms and he’ll be getting surgery in Boston on May 1..
  • May 2, 2007: Matt Cappotelli underwent brain surgery to remove a growing brain tumor. Doctors called the surgery a success!
  • July 25, 2007–OVW TV Tapings: Matt Cappotelli made his first post brain surgery appearance at Ohio Valley Wrestling..
  • October 14, 2009: Matt Cappotelli was finally released from his World Wrestling Entertainment contract..
  • June 29, 2018: Matt Cappotelli passed away after a long battle with brain cancer.