The Rock Shares Insane TB Of Andre The Giant & His 315 Lb Ex-Wrestler Grandfather

Though it’s been a good three years since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson last wrestled, – putting his pro wrestling career on the backboard to focus on his acting – his most recent Instagram post reminded fans that he has the sport deeply ingrained into his history and blood. The 47-year-old posted a rare, and pretty epic, black-and-white throwback photo of his ex-wrestler grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, and the iconic French wrestler André the Giant. “What a crazy throwback from the 70’s,” Johnson began in the caption. “Here’s the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ André the Giant, using my 315lb grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia as a booster seat and making my granddad look like a little boy.” 

Dwayne’s grandfather, Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia, better known by his stage name, High Chief Peter Maivia, was an American-Samoan pro-wrestler, and according to Johnson, best friends with André The Giant, who was a pro-wrestler himself, famous for his absolutely gigantic stature. “They were the best of friends, wrestled nightly, tough as hell and as you can see by their smiles and open energy – they lived like to the absolute fullest,” he continued. “My grandfather died when I boy so I never got to know him as a man. Would’ve loved to have raised a tequila with these men.” Just as Dwayne said, André did, in fact, make his late grandfather appear quite tiny in comparison, when the man clocked in at a hefty 315 Lbs. The High Chief tragically passed away in 1982 of…

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