The Rock on High Chief Peter Maivia Wrestling Andre The Giant: "They Were Best of Friends"



Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson just shared the ultimate throwback photo which shows that being awesome isn't a new development in the family, but something that goes back through the generations. In an Instagram post, Johnson revealed that his grandfather was a good friend of French wrestling legend André the Giant. Talk about legends supporting legends. (Literally. It looks like André is actually sitting on him.)

"What a crazy throwback from the 70’s," he wrote. "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. They were the best of friends, wrestled nightly, tough as hell and as you can see by their smiles and open energy - they lived life to the absolute fullest. 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. Would’ve also loved to have wrestled them too - those would’ve been fun ass kickin’s for me to take."


André the Giant, a.k.a. André René Roussimoff was a World Heavyweight Champion with the WWF (now WWE). In 1987, the same year that he took on his rival Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III, André won over a whole new host of fans with his most famous film role, playing Fezzik in Rob Reiner's fantasy adventure film The Princess Bride alongside Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest and Fred Savage. He died of congestive heart failure in 1993.


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