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[Peter Maivia Gallery]
Wrestler: "High Chief" Peter Miavia
Real Name: Fanene Pita Maivia
Birthday: 1935 - 1982
Hometown: Samoa
Marital Status: Married to Lia;
Daughter Ata;
Height & Weight:
Trained by:
Debut: Early 1960s
Previous Gimmicks: Peter Fanene Maivia
The High Chief
Finishing Move:
Favorite Moves:
Notable Feuds: Mighty Ursus
Fritz Von Ulm
Jay Strongbow
Ike Eakins
Fritz Von Goering
Stan Stasiak
"Superstar" Billy Graham
Bob Backlund
Steve Rickard
Mr. Fuji

  • NWA New Zealand Heavyweight title;
  • NWA Australasian Heavyweight title (2);
  • NWA Beat the Champion Television title;
  • NWA San Francisco United States title (2);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title;
  • NWA San Francisco Tag Team titles;
  • NWA Hawaii Tag Team titles (2);
  • NWA Hawaii Heavyweight title;
  • NWA New Zealand British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight title (2);
  • NWA Los Angeles Americas title;


  • In The Beginning:
  • Peter Maivia was born in Samoa..
  • Peter Maivia was in the 1967 James Bond Movie; You Only Live Twice
  • ~~~Maivia played a Taxi Driver. He was also the choreographer for some of the stunts and fighting scenes

    NWA: New Zealand:
  • Peter Maivia moved to New Zealand to learn the craft of professional wrestling..
  • August 3, 1964 - NWA New Zealand: Peter Maivia defeated Steve Rickard to win the New Zealand Heavyweight title in Auckland..
  • August 8, 1964: Steve Rickard regains the New Zealand Heavyweight title from Peter Maivia in Wellington..
  • 1964: Peter Maivia defeated Kangaroo Kennedy to win the NWA Australasian Heavyweight title in Auckland, New Zealand..
  • ~~~Steve Rickard defeated Peter Maivia for the NWA Australasian title..
  • 1968: Peter Maivia regains the Australasian title from Steve Rickard..

    NWA: San Fransisco:
  • November 1969: Peter Maivia replaces Pepper Gomez to become NWA San Francisco Tag Team champion with Ray Stevens..
  • 1971: Pat Patterson & Billy Graham beat Peter Maivia & Ray Stevens for the NWA San Francisco Tag Team titles..
  • Peter Maivia took Billy Graham under his wing and help mold him into a future World Champion..
  • Peter Maivia and Billy Graham eventually became close friends..
  • July 31, 1971: Peter Maivia defeated Don DeMarco to win the NWA San Francisco United States title..
  • April 28, 1972 - Sydney, Australia: Spiros Arion defeated Peter Maivia to win the Australasian title..
  • October 21, 1972: Peter Maivia defeated Fritz Von Goering to win the NWA Beat the Champ Television title..
  • Early 1970s: Peter Maivia & Sam Steamboat captured the NWA Hawaii Tag Team titles..

    NWA:
  • June 22, 1974: Peter Maivia & Pat Patterson defeated Kurt & Karl Von Brauner to win the Tag Team titles..
  • October 12, 1974: Peter Maivia beat Moondog Lonnie Mayne to win his 2nd NWA United States title..

    1975-76:
  • November 1975 - NWA Texas: Peter Maivia defeated John Tolos to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight title..
  • November 12, 1976 - AWA: Nick Bockwinkel defeated Peter Maivia to retain the AWA World title in 30 minutes..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • Mid-1977: Peter Maivia arrived in the World Wide Wrestling Federation..
  • May 24, 1977 – TV Taping: Peter Maivia (WWWF Debut) defeated Doug Gilbert
  • June 27, 1977 – Madison Square Garden: Peter Maivia (MSG debut) defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna
  • July 9, 1977 – The Spectrum: Peter Maivia defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna
  • July 11, 1977 – Boston Garden: Peter Maivia defeated Stan Stasiak by DQ
  • July 15, 1977 – Pittsburgh, PA: Peter Maivia defeated Stan Stasiak
  • August 1, 1977 – Madison Square Garden: Peter Maivia defeated Nikolai Volkoff
  • August 13, 1977 – PA Civic Center: Peter Maivia defeated Baron Von Raschke
  • August 20, 1977 – Philadelphia Spectrum: Peter Maivia & Haystacks Coulhoun beat Mr. Fuji & Rocky Tamayo in a 2/3 Falls match
  • Peter Maivia once again became aligned with "Superstar" Billy Graham..
  • ~~~After Billy Graham won the WWWF title, he granted Peter Maivia several title shots to show his appreciation..
  • August 21, 1977 – New Haven Coliseum: Peter Maivia defeated WWWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham
  • August 22, 1977 – Boston Garden: Peter Maivia defeated Rocky Tomayo
  • August 29, 1977 – Madison Square Garden: Peter Maivia defeated Stan Stasiak
  • September 2, 1977 – Albany, NY: Peter Maivia defeated WWWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham by Count Out
  • September 9, 1977 – Pittsburgh Civic Center: Peter Maivia defeated Stan Stasiak by Count Out
  • September 12, 1977 – Nassau Coliseum: Peter Maivia wrestled Stan Stasiak to a Double DQ
  • September 13, 1977 – Portland, ME: Peter Maivia pinned WWWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham in a Non-Title Match
  • September 14, 1977 – Bangor, ME: Peter Maivia defeated Mr. Fuji by Disqualification...
  • September 26, 1977 – MSG: Peter Maivia defeated George Steele
  • October 2, 1977 – New Haven Coliseum: Peter Maivia defeated Stan Stasiak
  • Peter Maivia would occasionally tag team with Chief Jay Strongbow
  • Peter Maivia was a top contender to both the WWWF Title and the WWWF Tag Team Titles
  • October 10, 1977 – Boston Garden: Peter Maivia wrestled Mr. Fuji to a Time Limit Draw
  • October 18, 1977 – Championship Wrestling TV Taping: Peter Maivia vs Mikel Scicluna was a No Contest (Graham attacked Maivia)
  • October 18, 1977 – Championship Wrestling TV Taping: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna & Frank Monroe
  • October 19, 1977 – All Star Wrestling TV Taping: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow beat Mikel Scicluna & Frank Williams
  • October 21, 1977 – Nassau Coliseum: Peter Maivia defeated Stan Stasiak in a Texas Death Match
  • October 24, 1977 – Madison Square Garden: Mr. Fuji & Prof. Toru Tanaka defeated Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow
  • October 26, 1977 – Bangor, ME: Peter Maivia defeated WWWF champion Superstar Billy Graham by DQ
  • November 7, 1977 – Boston Garden: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Larry Sharpe & Jack Evans
  • November 8, 1977 – Championship Wrestling TV Taping: Peter Maivia defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna
  • November 8, 1977 – Championship Wrestling TV Taping: Peter Maivia defeated Nikolai Volkoff
  • November 8, 1977 – Championship Wrestling TV Taping: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Larry Sharpe & Jack Evans
  • November 9, 1977 – All Star Wrestling TV Taping: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Johnny Rodz & Jose Estrada
  • November 9, 1977 – All Star Wrestling TV Taping: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Mr. Fuji & Prof. Toru Tanaka by DQ
  • November 14, 1977 – Nassau Coliseum: Peter Maivia defeated Mr. Fuji
  • November 16, 1977 – Bangor, ME: WWWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham defeated Peter Maivia by Count Out
  • November 18, 1977 – Pittsburgh Civic Center: WWWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham defeated Peter Maivia by Count Out
  • November 21, 1977 - Madison Square Garden: Peter Maivia defeated "Superstar" Billy Graham by count-out..
  • December 4, 1977 – New Haven Coliseum: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow vs Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka was a Double DQ
  • December 7, 1977 – Bangor, ME: "Superstar" Billy Graham defeated Peter Maivia to retain the WWWF title..
  • December 11, 1977 – Maple Leaf Gardens: Peter Maivia defeated Chris Tolos by DQ
  • Peter Maivia was occasionally teaming with Chief Jay Strongbow as well as pursuing a singles career..
  • December 12, 1977 – Boston Garden: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Mr. Fuji & Prof. Toru Tanaka by DQ
  • December 26, 1977 – Nassau Coliseum: Peter Maivia defeated Butcher Vachon
  • January 16, 1978 – Boston Garden: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Jack Evans & Larry Sharpe
  • January 23, 1978 – MSG: Bob Backlund & Peter Maivia & Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko beat Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji & ? & ?
  • February 18, 1978 – Philadelphia Spectrum: Peter Maivia defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna
  • February 19, 1978 – Maple Leaf Gardens: Angelo Mosca defeated Peter Maivia via referee’s decision
  • February 20. 1978 – MSG: Ken Patera defeated Peter Maivia via count-out
  • March 20, 1978 – Madison Square Garden: Peter Maivia defeated Stan Stasiak
  • March 25, 1978 – The Spectrum: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Stan Stasiak & Baron Mikel Scicluna
  • March 27, 1978 – Boston Garden: Chief Jay Strongbow & Peter Maivia defeated Seiji Sakaguchi & Wilhelm Ruska
  • May 1, 1978 – Boston Garden: Peter Maivia defeated Butcher Vachon
  • May 20, 1978 – Philadelphia Spectrum: Peter Maivia fought Stan Stasiak to a draw
  • May 22, 1978 – Madison Square Garden: Spiros Arion pinned Peter Maivia
  • June 23, 1978 - WWWF/New Japan: Pedro Morales & Peter Maivia defeated Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi..
  • July 1978 – TV Taping: Peter Maivia & Jay Strongbow & Dominic DeNucci beat Golden Terror & Mikel Scicluna & Nikolai Volkoff..
  • July 1978 – TV Taping: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Larry Sharpe & Jack Evans
  • August 28, 1978 – MSG: Peter Maivia defeated Luke Graham by DQ after Graham continuously punched Maivia in the throat
  • September 19, 1978 – TV Taping: Bob Backlund & Peter Maivia defeated Ernie Ladd & Jerry Blackwell by Disqualification
  • September 19, 1978 – TV Taping: Bob Backlund & Peter Maivia defeated Stan Stasiak & Baron Mikel Scicluna
  • September 20, 1978 – TV Taping: Bob Backlund & Peter Maivia defeated Jose Estrada & Frank Monroe
  • September 25, 1978 – Madison Square Garden: Peter Maivia defeated Butcher Vachon
  • October 2, 1978 – Boston Garden: The Yukon Lumberjacks defeated Chief Jay Strongbow & Peter Maivia by Count-out
  • October 23, 1978 - MSG: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow to challenge the Yokun Lumberjacks for the WWWF Tag Team titles..
  • ~~~During the match, PeterMaivia turns on Jay Strongbow after attacking him and walking out on the match!
  • November 4, 1978 – Boston Garden: The Yukon Lumberjacks defeated Chief Jay Strongbow & Peter Maivia..
  • Peter Maivia also turned against WWWF Champion Bob Backlund when the pair teamed up against Spiros Arion & Victor Rivera..
  • Peter Maivia made the full transition to heel when he takes on "Classy" Freddie Blassie as his manager..
  • November 20, 1978 - MSG: Peter Maivia defeated WWWF Champion Bob Backlund by Count-out..
  • December 18, 1978 - MSG: Bob Backlund defeated Peter Maivia as a result of a Count-out to retain..
  • January 22, 1979 - MSG: Bob Backlund defeated Peter Maivia in a Steel Cage match to retain the WWWF title..

    NWA: New Zealand:
  • 1978 - NWA New Zealand: Peter Maivia defeated Steve Rickard for the British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight title..
  • ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ Peter Maivia later vacated the British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight title..
  • February 1979: Peter Maivia defeated NWA World Champion Harley Race by disqualification..
  • February 27, 1979: Peter Maivia defeated NWA World Champion Harley Race AGAIN by disqualification..

    NWA: Polynesian Pro Wrestling:
  • 1979: Peter Maivia purchases NWA Polynesian Pro Wrestling from Russ Francis..
  • Peter Maivia received a few more WWWF title matches against Bob Backlund..
  • Peter Maivia also received NWA World title shot against Dory Funk Jr..
  • August 20, 1979: Peter Maivia wins his second British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight title defeating Ripper Collins..
  • ~~~Mr. Fuji dethrones Peter Maivia for the British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight title..
  • September 17, 1979: Peter Maivia and NWA World Champion Harley Race wrestled to a draw in Auckland..
  • September 19, 1979 - Honolulu, Hawaii: Peter Maivia defeated NWA World Champion Harley Race by DQ..
  • 1980: Peter Maivia became the head promoter for NWA Polynesian Wrestling..
  • March 1980: Peter Maivia defeated Rip Collins to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight title..
  • May 1981 - NWA Los Angeles: Peter Maivia captures the NWA Americas Heavyweight title defeating Rick Davidson..

    The Death of Peter Maivia:
  • June 13, 1982: Peter Maivia passed away after battling cancer and his wife Lia took control of NWA Polynesian Wrestling..
  • Peter Maivia was credited for training Afa, the Wild Samoan - former two-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion..
  • Peter Maivia has also been acknowledged by Billy Graham for being an important figure in his wrestling career..
  • Peter Maivia has paved the way for Samoan and Polynesian wrestlers, and is indeed considered a pioneer in wrestling..
  • Peter Maivia's daughter, Ata married Rocky Johnson and they have a son named The Rock..