Likely to the surprise of nobody, former ECW stalwarts Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten, who passed away in the last year at relatively young ages (both were 44), were officially diagnosed with CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, by respected concussion specialist Dr. Bennet Omalu this week. Both men were well-known for their gimmicks revolving around hardcore wrestling, especially unprotected chair shots, which undoubtedly contributed to their conditions. Mahoney and Rotten also worked briefly with WWE during the ECW revival in the mid-2000’s.
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