Matthew Anoa’i, best known to wrestling fans as Rosey, passed away on Monday at age 47. While no official cause of death has been released to our knowledge, it was known that he was dealing with heart issues in recent years.
Matthew is the son of Sika of the Wild Samoans and the real-life brother of current WWE Superstar Roman Reigns. He was trained at the Wild Samoan Training facility that was headed up by his uncle, Afa Anoa’i. He got his start in World Xtreme Wrestling, also run by his uncle, then competed through the 1990’s in various independent promotions before signing on with WWE and being assigned to the Heartland Wrestling Association.
Once on WWE’s main roster, Rosey teamed with his cousin Eddie Fatu to form 3 Minute Warning. The duo served as enforcers for Eric Bischoff until Fatu was released in 2003. Rosey went on to tag with The Hurricane for two more years, winning the WWE Tag Team Championship. The team disbanded not long after, and Rosey was subsequently released in 2006. He continued to make wrestling appearances in various independent promotions, including All Japan Pro Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling.
The Anoa’i family, through WWE.com, released a statement regarding Matthew’s passing:
“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.”
Our condolences to the Anoa’i family, friends and fans of Matthew in their time of loss.