Former WWE wrestler Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i died on Monday at the age of 47 from complications of heart disease.
Matt Anoa’i was hospitalized for cardiac issues due to congestive heart failure in 2014.
Rosey was a member of the famed Anoa’i family and made his debut in wrestling in the early 1990s. He and his cousin Eddie Fatu – known as Jamal and Umaga at WWE and also deceased in December 2009 – signed development contracts in 2001 at WWE and made their team debut in the same year under the name “3 Minute Warning”.
Former WWE Tag Team Champion
When Eddie Fattu first left the WWE in 2003, Matt Anoa’i changed gimmicks to start a new solo career plus access to comedy wrestling, and become a partner of The Hurricane (Shane Helms). It was at the time called “Super Hero In Training” – for the acronym you guessed. It is with this duo that the wrestler was able to clinch with Helms the titles of champions by team.
After leaving WWE in 2006, Matt Anoa’i went to catch Japan for the All Japan Pro Wrestling and the American independent circuit. He will decide to retire rings in 2009, working only for a few games on rare occasions in the following years until his heart problems in 2014.
He was also the son of Sika Anoa’i, half of the WWE The Wild Samoans’ Hall of Famers and thus the brother of the current WWE Superstar Roman Reigns.