Rosey is the brother of current WWE Superstar, Roman Reigns
It is always unfortunate, when we have to report the passing of a past or present Superstar. While these individuals put their bodies on the line every night, they remain as merely a passing memory for the fans. However, while they entertain us, the professional wrestlers go through various degrees of hardships.
Former WWE Superstar, and a member of the legendary Anoa’i family, Matt Anoa’i passed away earlier today. Matt, better known to the WWE fans as Rosey, competed in the company over a decade ago. Matt was initially a part of the ‘3 – Minute Warning’ tag team, along with his cousin Jamal.
Jamal would later return to WWE as Umaga, and was booked as an unstoppable monster. However, Umaga passed away in 2009 due to a heart attack.
Rosey won the WWE Tag Team Championship along with The Hurricane. During their run as a tag team, Rosey was a ‘Super Hero In Training’, and was Hurricane’s sidekick. Rosey was released from the company in 2006.
Below is the statement issued by WWE:
WWE is saddened to learn that Matt Anoa’i, known to fans as Rosey, has passed away at age 47. The son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika and older brother of WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, Rosey grew up in the legendary Anoa’i wrestling dynasty.
He debuted in 2002 alongside his cousin Jamal as part of 3-Minute Warning. The imposing, powerful tandem tore through Raw’s tag team division before going their separate ways. Rosey then formed a beloved superhero duo with The Hurricane, which culminated in his first World Tag Team Championship reign.
The Anoa’i family shared the following statement:
“The Anoa’i family is mourning the loss of Sika’s son, Matt aka Rosey, due to an untimely death.
We want to let his fans know that he loved them and the wrestling world so much. In his passing, he left three beautiful young children and a heartbroken family. Please respect the privacy of his children and family as they mourn the loss of this kind, loving, gentle man, who was a father, son, brother and a superhero to us all.
Our family appreciates your prayers and continued support during this very difficult time.”
WWE extends its condolences to Rosey’s family, friends and fans.