Shane Helms knew Roman Reigns well before the WWE Universe did, and has been a friend of his family for even longer.
The last couple of years have been tough ones for the Anoa'i family, losing Rosey in 2017, and seeing Roman's leukemia diagnosis in 2018. Helms enjoyed an abundance of success with Rosey by his side, and when "The Hurricane" returned to WWE at Royal Rumble, a touching photo emerged of Rosey's former tag team partner speaking with his younger brother.
Helms said that actually wasn't the first time he and Reigns had crossed paths after Rosey's passing, and said that he navigated the territory carefully when talking to Rosey's younger brother.
"I got to talk to him -- I went to a house show after Rosey passed and we had a moment there. I was able to express how I felt and condolences. It was nothing I want to get heavy into when somebody's gotta go to work. 'This is how I feel now go risk your life in the ring here.' I don't want to bring anyone down too much," Helms told Fightful recently.
As emotional as the photo itself looks, Helms indicated that it's much more a highlight of the good person that Roman Reigns himself is, and how much Rosey meant to him personally.
At the Royal Rumble, we weren't having this deep conversation, we were just two dudes talking," said Helms. "Because of the history with his brother, it did add a little special meaning to that picture. It looks like we're about to embrace. That's just him being a good guy, when you talk, he listens. I think that was my caption, whenever I see Roman, I see Rosey. I see him and I think about good things, but I see him and I miss Rosey, too. "
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