|Birth name||Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia|
April 6, 1937|
|Died||June 12, 1982
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Peter Maivia|
|Billed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Billed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|Billed from||The Isle of Samoa|
|Trained by||Steve Rickard|
Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia (April 6, 1937 – June 12, 1982), born Peter Fanene Anderson, was a Samoan professional wrestler better known as Peter Maivia. He is the maternal grandfather of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, part of the famous Anoa'i wrestling family and a promoter for the National Wrestling Alliance in Hawaii.
Maivia, also known as the Flying Hawaiian, was of the Alii lineage of Malietoa. Maivia's tribal tattoos, which covered his abdomen and legs, were a symbol of his High Chief status. According to Superstar Billy Graham, they were completed in three days. Maivia's grandson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed that they were done with traditional Samoan instrumentation: a small hammer, a needle, and ink.
Maivia disapproved of his daughter's relationship with Rocky Johnson because he was a professional wrestler. The duo married despite Maivia's objections. His son, Peter Jr, also wrestled in Hawaii and the west coast after the passing of Peter Sr. sometimes under the name "Prince Peter Maivia".
Maivia was considered a "blood brother" by Amituanai Anoa'i, the father of the Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika), thus the Anoa'i family regard the Maivia line from him on forward as an extension of their own clan.
Maivia was also in the fifth James Bond film, You Only Live Twice, where he plays a driver that transports a disguised Bond to Osato headquarters. His character also fights Bond, is hit with a sofa, wields a katana, and is put down with a statue. He was the (uncredited) stunt fight co-ordinator for the film.
In 1981, Maivia was diagnosed with cancer. He died on June 12, 1982. Maivia was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame, along with his son Rocky Johnson, in 2008 by his grandson Dwayne Johnson. The award was accepted on his behalf by his daughter Ata Maivia-Johnson. During his tribute video, WWE chairman Vince McMahon refers to him as a 'tough S.O.B.' and somebody 'you didn't want to mess with' outside the ring, but added he was 'a real wonderful, likable guy'. On October 19, 2008, Maivia's wife, Lia Maivia, died.
- You Only Live Twice (1967) - Car Driver
- Finishing moves
- Stump Puller (Inverted Boston crab)
- Signature moves
- Wrestlers trained by Maivia
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA All-Star Pro Wrestling
- NWA Big Time Wrestling
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- NWA Mid-Pacific Promotions
- NWA New Zealand
- NWA San Francisco
- Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2016
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- "Hall of Fame: High Chief Peter Maivia". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
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