The wrestling world is still recovering from the untimely passing of Matthew Anoa'i, better known as "Rosey" in the WWE. He and The Hurricane formed the lovable and popular Super Heroes duo that won the World Tag Team Championships on one occasion.
Last year, Rosey died at age 47 from congestive heart failure, leaving behind three children. Rosey was part of the iconic Anoa'i wrestling family, and was the brother of current WWE superstar, Roman Reigns.
Hurricane Helms - the aforementioned long-time tag team partner of Rosey- posted a very touching photo of Reigns on his Twitter page:
Every time I see @WWERomanReigns, I can’t help but think of Rosey. The Anoaʻi family and the whole “Samoan Dynasty” will always have a special place in my heart. Love and respect! #Uce Thank you @WWE for the pic. pic.twitter.com/q2nRPXL5W9— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) February 1, 2018
Shortly after Rosey's death, Reigns opened up with WWE about how the family dealt with the tragedy, and how he was able to deal with it going forward in his career:
"My only hope now is that I can continue to represent my family and represent my brother and continue to push our legacy. He was my number one fan. He never missed a match, he never missed anything I did in the ring, he always had great advice for me and always reached out to talk. Payback and 2017 and any chance I get to go in that ring I’m representing him."
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Unfortunately, we never got to see Reigns and Rosey compete in the WWE together. The latter was released from the company in 2006, and went on to work for All Japan Pro Wrestling and later in the independent circuit.
Reigns - who had a brief career in the CFL - began training for the WWE in 2010. He didn't make the main roster until 2012 as a member with The Shield, six years after Rosey last competed for the WWE.
Nonetheless, Reigns and Hurricane Helms have maintained a strong relationship and have worked closely to cope with Rosey's tragic death. Both men have done a great job moving forward, as they've learned how to deal with such a horrible situation.
Reigns will only continue to add to the legendary Anoa'i family legacy, just like his late brother did.