Former WWE announcer/Raw GM Mike Adamle revealed to NBC Chicago that he has been diagnosed with dementia and he likely has severe CTE. He has been suffering from epilepsy from 19 years and doctors believe that he has symptoms of CTE due to brain injuries suffered from his days in the NFL. CTE can only be diagnosed after death but he is showing many of the CTE symptoms and dementia is the final phase of CTE.
"I’ve been on short-term disability and then long-term disability," Adamle said. "I’ve had seizures and epilepsy for the last 19 years." He said that he can no longer work and the diagnosis is the reason why he's been off the air for a year. He was an anchor on the local NBC affiliate in Chicago up until a year ago.
Adamle was asked how many concussions he thinks he had during his football days and he can't put a number on it. He is dealing with memory issues, depression, anxiety and other symptoms associated with dementia.
In addition to his days in WWE, Adamle worked for NBC Sports, the lead announcer on American Gladiators, and he was also on the broadcast team for the XFL in 2001. On behalf of everyone here at WrestlingNews.co, we wish Adamle nothing but the best.
Click here to see extended clips from part one of his interview.