IMPACT Wrestling announced on their official website that former IMPACT World Tag Team Champion Joe Doering will be stepping away from the company as his brain cancer has returned, with Doering to undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

IMPACT Wrestling’s announcement reads, “IMPACT Wrestling star Joe Doering is stepping away from competition to take care of his health. The 40-year-old battled brain cancer six years ago and, at last weekend’s taping at The Factory in Dallas, he informed IMPACT Wrestling management that the disease has returned. Joe will be undergoing surgery in the coming weeks.”

Speaking regarding the news, Doering himself had the following to say, “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. Please keep me in your thoughts and spirits. I hope to get back in the ring again very soon. To the IMPACT Wrestling locker room: you are family to me and I look forward to seeing you again very, very soon.”

IMPACT Wrestling’s Executive Vice President, Scott D’Amore, offered his comments stating, “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.”