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374. Neff Maiava

Neff Maiava was not the most accomplished wrestler in the world or really even in the state of Hawaii, but he was arguably the first Polynesian star of note who could main event regularly.

Maiava was a star in Hawaii and multiple times he held the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship and he dispensed with multiple non-Polynesian pretenders to the throne.  It was a simple formula but it worked throughout the 1960’s.

The Bullet Points

  • Billed From: American Samoa
  • Key Championships Held:

    NWA Hawaii Heavyweight (6)

    NWA Hawaii Tag Team (5) 1w/Billy White Wolf & 4w/Lord James Blears

  • Why they will get in: He won’t.
  • Why they won't get in: See above. The WWE Hall of Fame has arguably made their contribution to Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1. Won the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title for the first time by defeating Luigi Macera (6/14/61)
    2. Beat Gene LeBell to regain the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship (4/24/63)
    3. Regained the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title from Hardboiled Haggerty (4/8/64)
    4. Won the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title for a fifth time by defeating Gene LeBell (8/27/64)
    5. Wins the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title for the sixth and final time by beating Ripper Collins (8/24/66)

Should Neff Maiava be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 0%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
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