Forgotten Legends90: High Chief Peter Maivia
A member of Anoa'i wrestling family, Grandfather of The Rock could be the most likely identity one can quickly come up for High Chief Peter Maivia.
But a legend in his own right, initially known as Flying Hawaiian, was a promoter for NWA in Hawaii other than being a high chief and holding 13 titles across NWA.
Shooting to prominence on his feud with Superstar Billy Graham, he trained initially in New Zealand going on to win the New Zealand heavyweight title there. He slowly started elevating himself in the NWA ranks by winning NWA Australasian heavyweight championship before moving to San Francisco territory winning the tag titles there and starting his feud with Billy Graham who had teamed with Pat Patterson. The two went on to become close real life friends and Peter Maivia helped Billy Graham groom into the legend he were to become later. Billy Graham reciprocated later when he was in WWWF by giving Peter Maivia a lot of shots at the title and bringing the best in him out.
In his peak, he pinned Superstar Billy Graham in a non-title match u p. He also teamed with Chief Jay Strongbow being a contender for both the WWWF tag and world title. Before his death, he captured the NWA Americas heavyweight championship.
His legacy was carried on by his students Afa and Sika while Billy Graham credited him for being the most important influence in his life. He opened the doors of wrestling to Samoan/Polynesian wrestlers pioneering the style; a forgotten legend.
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