Wrestling star battles brain cancer for second time as he leaves for surgery

A top Impact Wrestling star has had to step away from the ring due to a recurrence of brain cancer.

It is the second time 40-year-old Joe Doering has been diagnosed with the same cancer in six year.

The news broke on Impact's Instagram page, and Doering, who is part of the Violent By Design faction, will now take indefinite leave from the company.

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Doering, who is a two-time Impact Wresting World Tag Team Champion, said: “They told me in 2016 that I would never wrestle again, and I proved them wrong.

“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.”

Joe is now expected to have surgery in the coming weeks.

It only took Joe one year to recover last time, having undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

He was told at the time to “remain vigilant” in case it returned, which it sadly now has.

Scott D’Amore, IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President, said: “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. Joe loves pro wrestling and we all look forward to him returning to action when he’s ready.”

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Many fellow Impact stars, including Chelsea Green, Deonna Purrazzo and Brian Myers, all posted heart emojis under the Instagram post in support of Doering.

Another, Zicky Dice, wrote: “I love you Joe – you got this.

“Hang in there my dude.

“Going to miss seeing you so often.

“Glad we got some hangs in this past weekend.”

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Joe, who made his in-ring debut in 2004, made a name for himself while out in Japan wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling in 2007 for three years.

He joined WWE for a brief period of just seven months, the entirety of which he spent in the developmental brand of Florida Championship Wrestling.

He returned to AJPW in 2010, where he stayed for the next nine years, leaving to sign for Impact Wrestling during the pandemic in November, 2020.

He remained undefeated in the company until July, 2022, when he lost his one and only shot at the Impact World Championship in a losing effort against current champion Josh Alexander at the Against All Odds pay-per-view.

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