Rosey (wrestler)

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Anoaʻi as Rosey at SummerSlam 2005
Birth nameMatthew Tapunu'u Anoaʻi[1]
Born(1970-04-07)April 7, 1970[1]
San Francisco, California, U.S. [1]
DiedApril 17, 2017(2017-04-17) (aged 47)[2][3]
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Cause of deathCongestive heart failure[4]
Spouse(s)Mandy Vandeberg (m. 1988; div. 2007)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Kimo[1]
Mack Daddy Kane[1]
Matt Anoaʻi
Matty Samu[1]
Matty Smalls[5]
Billed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Billed weight430 lb (200 kg)[5]
Trained byAfa Anoaʻi[1][5]

Matthew Tapunu'u Anoaʻi (April 7, 1970 – April 17, 2017)[2][3] was a Samoan-American professional wrestler, best known for his time on the independent circuit under numerous ring names, and his time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he competed as Rosey. He was the brother of WWE wrestler Roman Reigns.

Anoa‘i was a member of the Anoaʻi family, a renowned Samoan wrestling family. Anoa‘i, along with his late cousins Eddie Fatu and Matt Fatu, was trained at the Wild Samoan Training Facility headed by his uncle, Afa Anoaʻi. Following his training, he competed in Afa's World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) promotion. He began competing in tag team competition with Samu as the Samoan Gangsta Party. The team had a brief stint in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). Throughout the mid-1990s, Anoaʻi competed in various independent promotions, winning various tag team championships. In 2001, Anoaʻi signed with the WWE and was assigned to Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) in Cincinnati, Ohio. While situated at HWA, he was placed in tag team competition, alongside Fatu, and the duo won the HWA Tag Team Championship.

After signing with WWE in 2002, Anoaʻi and Fatu were called up to the Raw roster. Known as 3-Minute Warning, they were utilized as enforcers for then-General Manager Eric Bischoff. Following the release of Fatu in 2003, Anoaʻi was "discovered" by The Hurricane and from there on they competed together as a team, known as Rosey and The Hurricane. After two years of teaming, they won the World Tag Team Championship, but disbanded shortly after losing the championship. Anoaʻi was then released from his WWE contract in March 2006.

Following his stint with WWE, Anoaʻi continued his wrestling career, appearing at several independent promotions, including AJPW, Great Championship Wrestling, BAW Championship Wrestling, Appalachian Wrestling Federation, and Ohio Valley Wrestling. Aside from professional wrestling, Anoaʻi was a featured contestant on the reality television series Fat March and ran a restaurant.

Early life

Anoaʻi is part of the Anoaʻi family. He is the son of former Samoan professional wrestler Sika Anoaʻi, who competed as one half of the Wild Samoans.[6] His younger brother, Joe Anoaʻi, was the starting defensive tackle for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team and is also a professional wrestler who works for the WWE under the name Roman Reigns.[7] Anoaʻi inducted the Wild Samoans (his father Sika and his uncle Afa) into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.[7] He is a cousin of wrestler and movie star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Other cousins include Rikishi, Tonga Kid, Yokozuna, Akane and Umaga.[6]

Growing up, Anoaʻi played football alongside Emmitt Smith at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida. He had hopes to play in the National Football League and played college football for Hawaii. He worked at various nightclubs in New Orleans before deciding to train as a professional wrestler.[8]

Other Languages
العربية: روزي (مصارع)
español: Matt Anoa'i
français: Matt Anoa'i
Nederlands: Matt Anoa'i
polski: Matt Anoaʻi
português: Matt Anoa'i
Simple English: Rosey (wrestler)
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