Matt Cappotelli has been released from his WWE contract. Cappotelli was the co-winner of Tough Enough III alongside John Hennigan (a.k.a. current WWE Superstar "John Morrison"). Cappotelli was developing his talent further in the WWE development territory Ohio Valley Wrestling, but was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2005, forcing him to step away from wrestling and relinquish his OVW Championship. The tumor was removed in May 2007 and he had hoped to return to the ring at some point. Of the seven winners in the history of Tough Enough, only Hennigan remains under contract to WWE. Cappotelli's departure from WWE follows Maven Huffman, Nidia Guenard, Linda "Shaniqua" Miles, Jackie Gayda and Daniel Puder as all of them have since been released from the company.
-- In a separate note, PWInsider.com has also confirmed the release of referee Mickie Henson.
-- This month, WWE has released a total of 15 superstars, referees and agents. Here's an updated list of released names:
Superstars: D-Lo Brown, Val Venis, Bam Neely, Gavin Spears, Kevin Thorn, Mike Kruel and Matt Cappotelli.
Agents: Ron Simmons, Sgt. Slaughter and Tim White.
Referees: Jim Korderas, Mike Posey, Kevin Keenan and Mickie Henson.
Reportedly, "several other names" were given from various sources saying they have also been let go, but the names in question have yet to be 100% confirmed. WWE still has yet to announce the departures of Gavin Spears, Ron Simmons and Mickie Henson as their respective profiles still remain on the company website. Jimmy Korderas' profile was quietly removed from the website without an announcement regarding his departure from WWE.