Matt Anoa’i – who wrestled as Rosey in WWE – has died, aged 47.
Anoa’i, who debuted in WWE in 2002 as part of Three Minute Warning with his cousin Jamal, is the older brother of Roman Reigns.
Three Minute Warning enjoyed moderate success on Raw following the original Draft, acting as henchmen for General Manager Eric Bischoff. Their most famous moment came when they interrupted the infamous Committment Ceremony between Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo on an episode of Smackdown. Following Jamal’s release from WWE, Rosey turned babyface in a team with Shane ‘Hurricane’ Helms, as Rosey the Super Hero in Training (S.H.*. T.), a very popular undercard team. The culmination of the ‘training’ storyline saw Rosey finally become a full-fledged Superhero, with the team winning the WWE Tag-Team Championships. Helms would later turn on Rosey after they lost the belts.
Rosey was released in 2006, following which he wrestled in Japan and across the US independent scene.
In recent years, Anoa’i had suffered with congestive heart failure, though as this point it is not known if that was related to his death.
A post on the WWE website includes a statement from his family;
“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.”
Helms has also commented, posting on Instagram;