Matt Anoaʻi
professional wrestler
Matt Anoaʻi
Matthew "Matt" Anoa'i is a 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. Anoa'i, along with his late cousin Eddie Fatu, was trained at the Wild Samoan Training Facility headed by his uncle, Afa Anoa'i. Following his training, he competed in Afa's World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) promotion.
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  • 2011
    Age 40
    On July 15, 2011 @ JD Byrider in Madison, IN (wrestling as Rosie - Super Hero In Training) made his debut for Supreme Championship Wrestling and teamed with "Livewire" Mark Jackson and defeated Team Yum (Tripp Cassidy & Reed Bentley).
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  • 2009
    Age 38
    On Saturday, October 31, 2009 Anoa'i (wrestling as Rosie - Super Hero In Training) made his debut for the Dynamic Wrestling Alliance defeating "Sexy" Sean Casey at the DWA's Monster Ball Halloween event in Cincinnati, OH which became the promotion's first televised event.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    Anoa'i inducted the Wild Samoans (his father Sika and his uncle Afa) into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He is a cousin of wrestler and movie star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Other cousins also include Rikishi, Tonga Kid, and Yokozuna. Another of his cousins, Eddie Fatu (best known as Jamal or Umaga), died on December 4, 2009 due to a heart attack.
    Anoa'i began wrestling in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in September 2007, WWE's developmental territory, although he was not under contract with WWE.
    More Details Hide Details He wrestled several tag team matches with Afa, Jr., as the Sons of Samoa, before leaving the promotion. He returned to wrestling on the independent circuit, competing for companies including EWF, where he competes regularly.
    The match went well, so management decided to bring him back for the August 21, 2007, SmackDown! taping, where he was defeated again by Jeter.
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    He wrestled a dark match for WWE on August 20, 2007, before an episode of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details After being billed under his real name, he was defeated by Johnny Jeter.
    Anoa'i participated in the AJPW 2007 Champion's Carnival tournament as a member of Block B, but he finished with two points in the series, coming last in Block B. During 2006 and 2007, he also competed for a number of independent promotions, including Great Championship Wrestling, BAW Championship Wrestling, and the Appalachian Wrestling Federation.
    More Details Hide Details Along with his cousin, Samula, Anoa'i inducted The Wild Samoans into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania 23.
    He continued to compete for AJPW throughout 2007, including in the 2007 January 4 Dome Show at the Tokyo Dome, where he teamed with Taru, Suwama, and Giant Bernard to defeat Riki Chōshū, Manabu Nakanishi, Takashi Iizuka, and Naofumi Yamamoto.
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  • 2006
    Age 35
    Anoa'i began competing for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in 2006, using the name RO-Z. He teamed up with Suwama to wrestle in the 2006 Real World Tag League, and they got to the final, where they were defeated by Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan.
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    On March 21, 2006, however, he was released from his WWE contract, and the hinted return of 3-Minute Warning never made it to television.
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  • 2005
    Age 34
    On May 1, 2005, at the Backlash pay-per-view, Rosey and Hurricane defeated La Résistance in the finals of a Tag Team Turmoil match to win the World Tag Team Championship. They were joined for a short while by WWE Diva Stacy Keibler, who they referred to as Super Stacy. Stacy, however, was then drafted to the SmackDown! brand. On September 5, 2005, Rosey and The Hurricane were defeated by Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, during their debut match on Raw.
    More Details Hide Details This match earned the pair a tag team title shot at Unforgiven. During the title match, Murdoch delivered an elevated DDT on The Hurricane to the outside. The DDT caused Hurricane to suffer a storyline "stinger" and allowed Cade and Murdoch to beat the injured Hurricane later in the match to win the World Tag Team Title from him and Rosey. The loss of the title eventually brought the team to an end, as they began a losing streak caused by Hurricane's injuries. During the October 17, 2005 episode of Raw, Hurricane was assaulted by Kurt Angle at the request of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. After the beating footage was shown, Hurricane ripped off his mask and struck Rosey (who had come to the ring to his aid). The following week, Hurricane did not show up for a World Tag Team Title match, leaving Rosey to face the champions Cade and Murdoch alone. During the match, The Hurricane (out of costume) appeared at the top of the entrance ramp, now going by the name Gregory Helms as he watched Rosey get double teamed and defeated. After the match, Helms announced that he was fed up of being funny for the crowd, and that he had been carrying Rosey as a tag team partner. On the November 7, 2005 episode, Helms defeated Rosey in their first encounter since teaming together.
  • 2003
    Age 32
    They competed regularly in Raw's tag team division until June 2003, when Jamal was released from his WWE contract.
    More Details Hide Details Later in 2003, The Hurricane "discovered" Rosey's potential as a superhero, and christened him as "Rosey, the Super Hero in Training" (the S.H.I.T.). Rosey was involved in numerous sketches involving him training to be a superhero, including helping an old lady to cross the street attempting to get changed into his superhero costume in a phonebox. Rosey and The Hurricane teamed regularly together during this time, wrestling against teams including Chris Jericho and Christian and Evolution. On the July 19, 2004, episode of Raw, Rosey appeared with a new costume, seemingly graduated to a full superhero, officially turning him into a fan favorite.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    They won the HWA Tag Team Championship in November 2001, by defeating Evan Karagias and Shannon Moore. They also competed for Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW), holding the MCW Southern Tag Team Championship on three occasions. Anoa'i (renamed to Rosey) and Ekmo (renamed to Jamal) made their WWE debut on the July 22, 2002 episode of Raw as 3-Minute Warning, a pair of villainous savages.
    More Details Hide Details The name Rosey was inspired by Rosey Grier, an American football player. They were "hired" as Eric Bischoff's assailants, attacking random wrestlers each week, after Bischoff either gave people three minutes to entertain him before they were attacked or decided that three minutes of a segment was enough before the team appeared to end it. They attacked numerous wrestlers at the orders of Bischoff, including D'Lo Brown and Shawn Stasiak. They also attacked non-wrestlers, including ring announcer Lilian Garcia and retired wrestlers Jimmy Snuka, Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah. Their most notable event came when they attacked two lesbians, which Anoa'i later cited as his favorite 3-Minute Warning run-in. In September, 3-Minute Warning began a feud with Billy and Chuck, interfering in their storyline commitment ceremony, and defeating them at the Unforgiven pay-per-view event. Rico, Billy and Chuck's former manager, also began to manage 3-Minute Warning during this time.
    In June 2001, he travelled to Japan to wrestle for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) where, using the name Matty Samu, he teamed with Fatu to defeat Hideki Hosaka and Yoshinori Sasaki to win the FMW Hardcore Tag Team Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Anoa'i, along with Fatu, signed developmental contracts with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and were assigned to Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA), adopting the tag team name The Island Boyz, and with Anoa'i using the ring name Kimo.
  • 1997
    Age 26
    He also competed in the World Wrestling Council (WWC) in Puerto Rico during 1997, winning the WWC World Tag Team Championship with Tahiti as The Islanders on June 22.
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    He returned to WXW in 1997, where Anoa'i held the WXW Tag Team Championship as one half of the Samoan Gangstas with his cousin L.A. Smooth on two occasions.
    More Details Hide Details They defeated the Love Connection to begin their first title reign on May 24, and the Mad Russian and the Russian Eliminator on September 17 to begin their second.
  • 1970
    Born on April 7, 1970.
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