Peter Maivia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Peter Maivia
Peter Maivia.jpg
Birth name Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia
Born (1937-04-06)April 6, 1937
American Samoa
Died June 12, 1982(1982-06-12) (aged 45)
Spouse(s) Leah Maivia
Family Anoa'i
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)

Peter Maivia

High Chief Peter Maivia
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Billed weight 275 lb (129 kg)
Billed from The Isle of Samoa[1]
Trained by Steve Rickard[1]
Debut 1962

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Maivia, also known as the Flying Hawaiian, was of the Alii lineage of Malietoa.[2] Maivia's tribal tattoos, which covered his abdomen and legs, were a symbol of his High Chief status.[1][3] 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.[citation needed]

Maivia disapproved of his daughter's relationship with Rocky Johnson because he was a professional wrestler.[4] The duo married despite Maivia's objections.[1] 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".

In 2008, Maivia was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his grandson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The award was accepted on his behalf by his daughter Ata Maivia-Johnson.

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.[1] He died on June 12, 1982.[1] On October 19, 2008, Maivia's wife, Lia Maivia, died.[5]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Hall of Fame: High Chief Peter Maivia". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  2. ^ Ahching, Leiataua Ahching. Polynesian Interconnections (p.19)
  3. ^ Funk, Terry. More Than Just Hardcore (p.197)
  4. ^ The Rock. The Rock Says... (p.6-7)
  5. ^ Brecher, Elinor J. (2008-10-25). "Grandmother of 'The Rock,' promoter". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2008-11-17. [dead link]
  6. ^ "PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME MOVING FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK TO TEXAS". PWInsider. November 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 


  • The Rock and Joe Layden (2000). The Rock Says... HarperEntertainment. ISBN 978-0-06-039298-7. 
  • Ric Flair and Keith Elliot Greenberg (2004). Ric Flair: To Be the Man. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-7434-5691-3. 
  • Classy Freddie Blassie and Keith Elliot Greenberg (2003). The Legends of Wrestling - "Classy" Freddie Blassie. World Wrestling Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-7434-6316-4. 

External links[edit]