As reported, former WWE Talent and older brother of Roman Reigns, Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i passed away earlier this week at the age of 47.
WWE has released the following statement addressing his passing:
WWE is saddened to learn that Matt Anoa’i, known to fans as Rosey, has passed away at age 47. The son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika and older brother of WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, Rosey grew up in the legendary Anoa’i wrestling dynasty.
He debuted in 2002 alongside his cousin Jamal as part of 3-Minute Warning. The imposing, powerful tandem tore through Raw’s tag team division before going their separate ways. Rosey then formed a beloved superhero duo with The Hurricane, which culminated in his first World Tag Team Championship reign.
The Anoa’i family shared the following statement:
“The Anoa’i family is mourning the loss of Sika’s son, Matt aka Rosey, due to an untimely death.
We want to let his fans know that he loved them and the wrestling world so much. In his passing, he left three beautiful young children and a heartbroken family. Please respect the privacy of his children and family as they mourn the loss of this kind, loving, gentle man, who was a father, son, brother and a superhero to us all.
Our family appreciates your prayers and continued support during this very difficult time.”
WWE extends its condolences to Rosey’s family, friends and fans.
During a recent interview on X-Pac’s 1-2-360 Podcast, Matt Riddle spoke about WWE passing on him last year and working with WWN.
Here are highlights:
WWE Passing on him:
“I was still getting emails from Kane and stuff. So I was like, yeah. I think it was right before WrestleMania last year, they hit me up probably a couple months beforehand and they were like, hey Matt, sorry it took so long, but we’re going to take a pass on you. They said, not forever, of course, maybe down the road. But they said, because of your past…we don’t want to take a chance. I was like alright, I completely understand.”
Working With WWN, an MMA promotion in China:
“WWN MMA. That’s right. I helped put that relationship together. We actually went over to China, talked to the government over there, talked to some government officials. We talked to like, the athletic board I would say and got some fights lined up. We’re going to be on national television in China–first time ever. Pretty big deal. We’re probably going to start doing some pro wrestling shows there that are going to be on national television as well.”
Listen to the entire interview here.
WWE.com has issued a statement on the death of George “The Animal” Steele:
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer William James Myers, known to fans as George “The Animal” Steele has passed away at the age of 79.
Steele was one of the wildest and most unpredictable Superstars in sports-entertainment history. Yet, despite his green tongue, hairy torso and insatiable appetite for turnbuckle pads, “The Animal” was a very well-educated man. Prior to breaking into sports-entertainment, Steele received his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and became a high school teacher and wrestling coach in the Detroit area.
It was during his teaching stint that he began moonlighting in sports-entertainment, working in the Detroit-area promotions. Steele’s first WWE appearances took place in 1967, when he came to WWE and immediately began a heated rivalry with WWE Champion Bruno Sammartino. For nearly 20 years, Steele was a reviled villain, managed by the likes of fellow Hall of Famers The Grand Wizard, “Classy” Freddie Blassie, Capt. Lou Albano and Mr. Fuji. His classic main events with Sammartino, Pedro Morales and Bob Backlund saw him come close to winning the WWE Championship on many occasions.
In 1985, however, Steele was embraced by the WWE Universe and changed the course of his career. After The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff abandoned him during a match, Steele fell back under the tutelage of the then-beloved Albano. His transformation was remarkable, as one of the most hated men in the sport became one of its most loveable figures. Long after his in-ring retirement and WWE Hall of Fame induction, George “The Animal” Steele’s name still evoked terror for one generation of WWE fans and warm smiles for another.
WWE extends its condolences to Steele’s family, friends and fans.
Here are a few tweets from current and former WWE talents reacting to the HOF’ers passing.
Following the news that Jimmy Snuka had passed away this past weekend, current WWE talents took to social media to remember the Hall of Famer.
Many of you may have heard that boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74 on June 3rd surrounded by his family.
WWE issued the following statement on Ali’s passing:
“WWE is saddened to learn that two-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74 on June 3, 2016.
The Louisville native won six Kentucky Golden Glove Championships and the gold medal for the United States as a light heavyweight in Rome’s 1960 Summer Olympics before beginning his professional career.
Ali also made history for his historic boxer vs. wrestler match against WWE Hall of FamerAntonio Inoki in Tokyo on June 26, 1976. The fight is regarded as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts.
In 1985, Ali made his mark in WWE history when he was one of the special guest referees for the main event of the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden. The bout featured WWE Champion Hulk Hogan and pop culture icon Mr. T against “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. During the contest, Ali climbed up onto the ring apron and took a swing at Piper.
WWE extends its condolences to Ali’s family, friends and fans.
WWE have released several video’s showcasing the career of Chyna following her passing this week.
According to sources former ECW wrestler Axl Rotten was found dead Thursday outside of a McDonalds in Baltimore, according to his mother, who tells Pro Wrestling Sheet an overdose is suspected.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine the cause of death, but Rotten’s mother believes “Brian lost his battle with his demon.”
As reported the 44 year-old ECW original died of an overdose inside of a motel room, but with recent reports that may not be accurate. Axl was found dead in his car outside of the fast food chain. Cops on scene told family/friends Axl went into cardiac arrest, but no drugs or paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. Same goes for the McDonalds bathroom. There was a nearby motel as well, but no room was booked under his name.
See the original posting here.
Hulk Hogan tells TMZ Sports … he’s devastated over the news of his friend Roddy Piper — saying, “I will forever miss him.” “He was my best friend. He is a legend.” Hogan adds, “God’s gain is our loss. May his family in this time of need, find peace. Much love forever, HH.” Hogan and Piper were the two of the biggest stars in wrestling back in the ’80s — and famously did battle at “Wrestlemania I” in 1985. But outside the ring, they were tight — and remained friends for decades. The Iron Sheik has also issued a statement … saying, “Roddy Piper. I love you forever. God bless you bubba.” WWE legend Virgil — “My main man. Always had my back. RIP #RoddyPiper.” Kevin Nash — “RIP to Roddy Piper. Prayers to his family and loved ones.” Bill Goldberg — “#RIP #RoddyPiper ……..damn sure one of the good guys. Gonna miss ya buddy” Jim Ross — “Rest in peace, Roddy Piper. You will live in our hearts forever” UFC’s Dana White — “Sad day. RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper.”
WWE.com posted the following tonight:
WWE is saddened to learn that Michael Moody, the son of legendary manager Paul Bearer, has passed away. The announcement was made on the Facebook page of Moody’s brother Daniel. Earlier this year, both Michael and Daniel accepted Paul Bearer’s WWE Hall of Fame induction on behalf of their father.
WWE extends its condolences to the Moody family.