Pro Wrestling: 16 of the Greatest Wrestlers from Samoa & the Polynesian Islands

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Pro Wrestling: 16 of the Greatest Wrestlers from Samoa & the Polynesian Islands

One of the great things about growing up in the 1970s and early 1980s was watching wrestling on television on Saturday mornings.

Gordon Solie, Lord Alfred Hayes, Lance Russell and a young kid named Vince McMahon would call the action from various promotions and territories.

As a youngster, I was in heaven.

The thing I liked about the programs (beside the ringside interviews, the characters and Barbara Clary in Florida) were the different wrestlers that came through promotion like Killer Karl Kox, The Great Kabuki and the Wild Samoans ruled the tag team ranks in the WWF.

The Polynesian and Island wrestlers were great to watch. While most of them did not talk or give the best interviews, they were stylist and exotic and drew crowds for their brand of wrestling and their ability to, in most cases, manhandle their opponents.

I became interested in the likes of Prince Iaukea, The High Chief Peter Maivia and one of my favorites in Florida, Cocoa Samoa.

Here are 15 of the best of all-time. Yes, there are plenty to choose from, but these wrestlers have kept my interest over the last 30 years.

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