• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (June 13, 1982) – Old School WWWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1982, we lost Old School WWWF Legend “High Chief” Peter Maivia (Real name: Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia) at the age of 45 due to cancer.
Peter Maivia was the father-in-law of Old School WWF Veteran Rocky Johnson and the grandfather of Old School WWF Legend & Hollywood Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The High Chief used to wrestle for Vince McMahon Sr.’s World Wide Wrestling Federation, where he feuded with “Superstar” Billy Graham, among many others.
Maivia, who was also the NWA promoter for the Hawaii territory, played a villain in the 1967 James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice”, where he had a memorable fight scene with Sean Connery, who portrayed 007.
In 2008, him and Rocky Johnson were both inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by The Rock.
† REST IN PEACE PETER MAIVIA
April 6, 1937 – June 13, 1982
• Vince McMahon Not High On Most Paul Heyman Guys
During his time as the Executive Director of RAW, Paul Heyman pushed several wresters including Aleister Black, Murphy, Drew McIntyre, The Street Profits, Apollo Crews, Bobby Lashley, Cedric Alexander, Angel Garza, Ricochet and others.
It doesn’t look like most of the Paul Heyman guys will be pushed anymore. While the top names will remain safe, the mid-card wrestlers will most likely suffer due to the change in RAW’s creative team.
The Wrestling Observer noted the following about it:
“I expect everyone to be affected except for Randy Orton, Charlotte Flair, Seth Rollins, and McIntyre. I could be wrong about one or two of them too. It’s up for Vince. There’s nobody pushing for these other guys.
I know Vince is not as high on some of these guys as Heyman was. As far as which ones, I mean time will tell. Aleister Black and Andrade are I think two which doesn’t mean they’re going to get buried, but it doesn’t mean they’re not either.
I do expect — not week one, but at about week 5 from now we’ll have a real good idea about what Vince wants as opposed to what Vince was fighting for and I think that it will be certain guys that will probably do better.”
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