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Torch Trivia: Test your knowledge - and learn new things - about latest WWE Hall of Fame entrants

Feb 27, 2008 - 9:57:25 PM
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By Ian Hunter, PWTorch Trivia Contributor

Do you smell what the Ian is cookin'?  Ian Hunter here, walking on out with eyebrow raised high to The Rock's theme circa early 1999.  I never liked being asked a question by The Rock, I preferred hearing a statement and seeing him walk out.  You can have him as a hero, the Rock I loved watching was the pissed off man with thirty insults a minute hitting the mic.  And now the most electrifying man who gave up sports entertainment is coming back for a night (maybe two if McMahon ponies up the money) to induct his father and grandfather into the WWE Hall Of Fame.  So this week, that's what we'll be doing trivia on.  The careers of "High Chief" Peter Maivia and "Soulman" Rocky Johnson.  But first, we need to answer last week's questions.

1:  D.  Flair came dressed in drag at WCW Uncensored in 1995.  Hogan was in a strap match with Big Van Vader when Flair interfered.  But Hogan still won the match despite the unglamorous distraction.

2:  A.  Halloween Havok 1999 in Las Vegas is where we last saw Flair before he was taken out to the desert and buried.  There's a great section about it in his book.

3:  C.  Jeff Jarrett was the buddy who got shoved into the ass with Flair by Dusty and Dustin.  It still doesn't make sense to me why he was involved, but that's Jeff Jarrett for you.

4:  B.  The Undertaker was facing off against Austin in a number one contender match for the title.  Flair gave Taker the win, the fans booed him for it, and that pushed Flair into the black and white.

5:  D.  Michael Hayes was the one in charge.  Many said Arn, but no, Arn was just the show producer and took no real active roll in the storyline.  Hayes took the story and worked with Flair and Edge on the sensitive topic.
 
After it was all said and done, we only had ONE winner this week.  Dusty Wagoner.  Congrats Dusty, I don't have any prizes, but you can have this imaginary diamond studded robe to strut around it.  Just be sure to guard your face when you walk forward and hit the canvas flat.  Woooooooooooooo!  It's a new week and we've got new questions to ask.  Answer the questions and email your answers to TorchTrivia@gmail.com.  We'll post the names of those who got ALL FIVE correct.  Good luck to you all!

1.  Peter Maivia was the head of the Anoa'i wrestling family.  Him and his brother's family have given professional wrestling some of it's most famous names, including Yokozuna, the Wild Somoans, The Headshrinkers, Umaga, The Tonga Kid, Rikishi, 3 Minute Warning, Afa Jr., and The Rock.  His heritage and lineage brought him great respect and many Samoan fans out to see his matches in San Francisco and Hawaii.  This also presented problems as they would take any loss Maivia suffered as a personal insult and would literally threaten death upon whoever beat him.  One night in 1972 Maivia lost the NWA U.S. Title to a man who would later recount having broken bottles thrown at him by the Samoan audience after the win.  Who was this?

A.  Paul DeMarco
B.  Curtis Iaukea
C.  Ray Stevens
D.  Pat Patterson
E.  Bobo Brazil

2.  His heritage did more for him than garner fans, it made him a man to see all around the Pacific Rim.  Aside from the States, Maivia also competed in Japan, Australia and New Zealand under the NWA banner.  At one point he even won the NWA Australasian Heavyweight Championship from the aussie wrestling legend Kangaroo Kennedy.  Maivia would later have long battles for the title with one of New Zealand's greatest wrestlers, and exchange the title with him on at least two known occasions.  Who was this man?

A.  Mark Lewin
B.  Pat O'Connor
C.  Steve Rickard
D.  Max Taogaga
E.  Wilbur Snyder

3.  Towards the end of his career Maivia moved onto the WWWF in 1977.  Some of the better highlights of his tenature there were his classic matches with Superstar Billy Graham for the title, tag teaming with Chief Joy Strongbow, and his long battles with Butcher Vachon.  Near the end of his time there, Maivia was turned heel and was given a manager to solidify it.  Who was his manager?

A.  Capt. Lou Albano
B.  Buddy Rogers
C.  The Grand Wizard
D.  Sonny King
E.  Freddie Blassie

4.  Johnson was a top face in the NWA throughout the 70's.  Though he never stayed in one single territory for long, he made his way across the United States enough to earn gold in most of the major promotions the NWA had at the time, even earning Brass Knuckles titles back when they were popular titles to hold.  He did so well in the bookings that he was even granted NWA World Championship shots against Terry Funk, Ric Flair, and Harley Race.  Our question to you is which of these territories did Johnson NEVER hold the top heavyweight title in?

A.  Big Time Wrestling
B.  All-Star Wrestling
C.  Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
D.  Pacific Northwest Wrestling
E.  Georgia Championship Wrestling
 
5.  This final question one will be a write in question.  Johnson left the NWA and headed north to the WWF.  While the first part of his career there was as a singles wrestler, he was later teamed up with Tony Atlas as a tag team.  Down the road in late 1983, the two would take on the Wild Somoans for the tag team titles.  Captain Lou Albano went to nail Johnson with a chair but he ducked and nailed Afa instead, costing the two the titles and making Johnson and Atlas the first African-American tag team to win the belts.  Our question to you... what was the rarely used name of their tag team?



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