Controversial wrestling promoter and performer Ian Rotten announced on Friday that he has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and would be undergoing treatment in hopes of either curing it or sending it into remission.
Rotten has said that the cancer is in the very early stages so much so that doctors have not been able to grade it as Stage 1, Stage 2 and so forth. Treatment is to be chemotherapy for at least six weeks and then Rotten will be reevaluated at that point.
While there has been an outpouring of support by many there are some who are skeptical that Rotten is truly sick. The news that Rotten has cancer comes on the heels of him saying that the Louisville (KY) area could not support two day super shows (the Ted Petty Invitational) leaving many wondering if ticket sales were sluggish prompting Rotten to have to find a way to back out of the show.
Rotten has tried several times to make a comeback of sorts after a disastrous appearance on the radio show "And Then the Bell Rings" in which he admitted to paying performers with prescription drugs, defrauding fans and wrestlers by holding "benefit" shows and then allegedly pocketing the money or using it to buy personal items and to taking liberties in the ring with less experienced workers.
The IWA Mid-South had two shows in Clarksville, IN that would be considered a moderate success drawing 400-500 people but once again Rotten was plagued with rumors that he had not paid the wrestlers what was owed them as well as not living up to promises to others that he would continue to book them after they came in at a reduced rate.
While some are not convinced that Rotten is sick there are those who believe that the cancer diagnosis is Karma finally coming to collect. For every person who is somewhat glad that Rotten may be sick there are just as many who are praying for him to overcome the illness and return not only to promoting but also return to the ring.
According to the Mayo Clinic stomach or gastric cancer is uncommon in the United States and treatment can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemo therapy and drug therapy. If caught early enough stomach cancer patients can have their cancer go into remission and while not an immediate death sentence this type of cancer is usually terminal.
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