Mike Adamle

Former WWE personality diagnosed with dementia

NBC Chicago is featuring an interview with former WWE personality and NFL star Mike Adamle that reveals Adamle has been diagnosed with dementia and is likely experiencing early signs of CTE following his football career.

Adamle, who had a brief run with WWE in 2008 first starting out as an announcer and commentator and later transitioning to a role as a General Manager on RAW, says he has been battling seizures and epilepsy for the last 19 years.

“It shook my world and it just got kind of a little bit worse sometimes every day. When the bad days become more than the good days then you start worrying. Here’s what happens. You [Peggy] come over and you can do an interview with me and you’ll leave and I’ll say, ‘Oh God who is that?’ Watching a movie last night — this happened last night — five seconds into it, I’ll say ‘What are we watching?'”

WWE UK tour dates

WWE.com is reporting that two additional live events have been added to the company’s upcoming tour of the UK and Ireland this May. This includes Glasgow, Scotland on May 4 and Cardiff, Wales on May 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9:00 a.m. local time.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I know most if not all didn’t like him in WWE but no one deserves that, 1 of the most horrible ways to go

  2. I am not trying to make light of the situation, but this could explain his constant botching of promos. I’ve always liked Mike Adamle from his days on American Gladiators. This situation is very sad to see.

  3. No, you’re absolutely right. In fact, if what he says is accurate, where he’ll lose track of a movie seconds into it, then it’s somewhat astounding that he performed as well as he did trying to remember dozens of names, tons of poorly-written lines, and the pressure of being on live TV.

  4. I don’t think you’ve made light of it at all – it could be attributed to early onset dementia. My stepdad had it, and it first manifested in similar ways – mixing words and so on.

  5. Sad news.
    My dad is suffering from dementia too… there’s no cure for it and can only delay the deterioration by medication and ultimately is death.
    Its a very frustrating illness to the patient and also the caregivers.

  6. I thought the same thing, Levon. And I agree, he was great on Gladiators, it was surprising to me when he was so bad on Raw, but now it makes sense.

  7. My great-grandmother went through dementia as well and it was very difficult for all of us involved to handle the situation. She passed away at 91 and she took good care of herself, so I felt it was attributed to the typical attrition all of us will go through. Needless to say, it was incredibly difficult for all of us involved to handle the situation.

    With that said, one thing I learned about the internet is that there is zero tolerance for a lack of clarity in communication. I didn’t want anyone to take my words and think I was saying “Oh, so that’s why you sucked in the WWE.” Like Gerald Bocook alluded to, WWE was and still is heavily scripted. It’s a miracle how there aren’t more botched promos in that promotion.

    When Randy Orton asked Sheamus “what’s my line” during a taping of Smackdown, to me, that is not what pro wrestling is all about and it is part of the reason why I don’t care for the product anymore.

  8. I agree with what everyone else here has said. Like or hate the guy, that’s a horrible thing to have to live through and deal with and I don’t wish it on anyone. I also was thinking the same thing about how he did struggle during his time in WWE and that it might have been early onset or indicators. Either way this is sad news.

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