Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson paid tribute to his late grandfather, via his Instagram, with a picture of Maivia and a tribute to the man who helped put Samoa on the map and was recently inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Considered one of Samoa's and the Pacific's pro wrestling forefathers, Maivia was twice honoured in 2008 when he was posthumously inducted into the Samoan Sports Association Hall of Fame in Auckland, New Zealand, and the WWE Hall of Fame.
Maivia’s award was accepted on his behalf by daughter Ata Maivia-Johnson, Dwayne Johnson’s mother.
In his Instagram message The Rock talks about his grandfather’s legacy, including a photo of the late Maivia pictured with Superstar Bully Graham in Madison Square Garden in his hay day with his pe’a (traditional Samoan tattoo) proudly on display.
He was considered one of the best and toughest men in pro-wrestling history (legendary stories of his real street fights w/ fellow wrestlers) during a very cool era in the 60's & 70's when wrestlers took great pride in being "catch wrestlers" and "shooters" which would eventually become the foundation of many MMA Champions today. He was also considered the kindest and most warm soul you'd ever meet. He was truly a walking contradiction in the most inspiring way. He was also handsome as all hell like his grandson.;) Congratulations to my grandpa, High Chief Peter Maivia of Samoa (pictured here w/ Superstar Billy Graham in Madison Square Garden) on being recently inducted into the PRO-WRESTLING HALL OF FAME. Really meant a lot to our family and especially my mom to be able to personally attend the event to honor his name. Even though she couldn't get thru the first sentence of her induction speech without breaking down.😂 Matou te alofa ia te 'oe Grandpa. We're so proud.. #HighChiefPeterMaivia #SAMOA #ToughestAndKindest #WalkingContridiction #ProWrestlingHOF