Who was Rosey? Roman Reigns’ brother, The Rock’s cousin and former WWE star dies at 47

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Rosey profile

Former wrestler who passed away due to unknown causes, famously crashed Billy and Chuck’s gay wedding on Smackdown

ROMAN REIGNS’ brother Rosey has tragically passed away at the age of 47.

The former World Heavyweight Champion last night missed Raw after being left heartbroken at his older sibling’s death.

As of yet the cause of death is unknown, but here is everything we do know about Rosey.

Who was Rosey and what was his real name?

Rosey was born Matthew Anoaʻi in 1970.

He was the son of former wrestler Sika Anoaʻi, who competed as one half of tag team the Wild Samoans with uncle Afa.

As well as being brother of Roman Reigns, who defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33, Rosey is also the cousin of WWE legends Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Rikishi.

What were Rosey’s most memorable moments in WWE?

Rosey made his WWE debut with cousin Eddie Fatu, who was then known as Jamal and later became Umaga.

The pair acted as brutal enforcers for then-Raw general manager Eric Bischoff, and were known as 3-minute warning.

In September 2002 they memorably crashed a storyline gay wedding between Billy Gunn and Chuck Palombo on Smackdown and then defeated the pair at Unforgiven.

In 2003 he formed a partnership with superhero wrestler The Hurricane, and became known as the Superhero in Training, or the S.H.I.T.

2015 interview with Matt ‘Rosey’ Anoa’i – late brother of WWE legend Roman Reigns

Has Rosey experienced any previous health problems?

In 2007 he competed, using his real name, in ABC reality series Fat March, which saw 12 overweight people attempt to walk over 570 miles through nine states, in order to lose weight.

A press release for the show stated that Matthew Anoaʻi was participating because “it wasn’t safe for him to compete” as a professional wrestler, and he needed to “lose weight to return to his career”.

Anoaʻi quit the series due to knee injuries.

In 2014 he was hospitalized due to congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.




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