The Samoan Dynasty part 1 "High Chief" Peter Maivia
Photo is of "High Chief" Peter Maivia and his valet Ata! Who happens to be his daughter.
"High Chief" Peter Maivia was the founding member of the Samoan Dynasty!
His full birth name is Leifi Pita Maivia Fanene. He was born in 1935. He is part of the high chief family of Fanene of Nuulie, Samoa. Peter Maivia was a real high chief.
Peter went to New Zealand to study professional wrestling. After spending some time there wrestling and training he moved to the USA. From the moment he got here he started making a name for himself that people would remember for many years to come! Peter also set a wrestling standard that his family would follow through the generations and I'm sure many more to come!
When Peter got to San Francisco, California. He would be adopted by Afa and Sika (The Wild Samoans) family. Right from the beginning his new family would embrace him and treat him as if he had always been part of the family.
Many people would feel that Peter was really on the top of his game when he was in San Francisco, California. Where he was a perennial champion. One of his tag team partners was Rocky Johnson.
Rocky Johnson would go on to marry Peter's daughter Ata. Peter and his wife Lia did not approve of their relationship so they would run off and marry. They would all later work things out. Rocky and Ata's son is "The Rock" Rocky Johnson.
Peter had an incredible wrestling career. He started professional wrestling in 1967. Peter would go on to wear the gold many times in his career. He had some very memorable feuds with Stan Stasiak, "Superstar" Billy Graham, Bob Buckland, Steve Richard, and Mr. Fuji.
Peter also did some acting during his wrestling career. His most memorable role was in the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice." So now we know were his grandson The Rock got the acting bug from.
Sadly "High Chief" Peter Maivia Died on June 13, 1982 in Hawaii. After a long battle with cancer. He is a true wrestling legend! He also started a long history of the great Samoan Wrestling Dynasty!