Siva Afi


Title History

  • NWA New Zealand Heavyweight title defeating John DaSilva in a Tournament (April 23, 1978);
  • NWA Hawaiian Heavyweight title defeating Baron Von Steiger (April 18, 1979);
  • Polynesican Pacific Heavyweight Title (1980)
  • NWA Pacific International title defeating Mad Dog Martin (1980);
  • Polynesican Pacific Tag Team titles w/Tama Tonga defeating Bruce Hart & Keith Hart (March 19, 1980);
  • NWA New Zealand Commonwealth title defeating The Canadian Stockman (July 13, 1990);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Siva Afi (Max Taogaga) is originally Samoan but grew up in New Zealand and was trained as an amature wrestler..
  • Siva Afi was trained professionally by Steve Rickard and Peter Maivia..
  • Siva Afi defeated Del Adams (New Zealand’s top Light Heavyweight) in his first match..
  • Siva Afi spent the next four years taking on imported wrestlers to New Zealand..
  • September 20, 1977: Bruiser Brodie & Dr. Death & King Curtis vs John Da Silva & Mark Lewin & Siva Afi in Auckland..On Tour:
  • 1978-1984: Siva Afi wrestled throughout New Zealand, the United States, Australia and Japan..
  • April 23, 1978: Siva Afi defeated John DaSilva in the tournament final to win the New Zealand Heavyweight title..
  • April 18, 1979: Siva Afi defeated Baron Von Steiger to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title
  • 1980: Siva Afi became the first Polynesican Heavyweight Champion
  • 1980: Siva Afi defeated Mad Dog Martin (Frenchy Martin) to win the NWA Pacific International Heavyweight title
  • March 19, 1980: Siva Afi & Tama Tonga defeated Bruce Hart & Keith Hart to win the Polynesican Pacific Tag Team titles
  • 1985 NWA Polynesian Pacific Pro-Wrestling: Siva Afi wrestled Ric Flair to a draw for the NWA title in front of 80,000..
  • December 12, 1985: Siva Afi wrestled Russian Exterminator to a No contest

World Wrestling Federation – Superfly Afi:

  • January 1986: Siva Afi signed with the WWF and often teamed with Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka due to their resemblence..
  • January 27, 1986 – Madison Square Garden: Superfly Afi defeated Ron Shaw in his WWF debut
  • January 28, 1986 – Championship Wrestling: Superfly Afi defeated the Gladiator in his WWF TV debut
  • The Superfly gimmick was dropped not long after, Siva Afi’s name is changed to Sivi Afi for some reason

World Wrestling Federation – Sivi Afi:

  • February 8, 1986 – Boston Gardens: Sivi Afi defeated Barry O (Berry Orton)…
  • February 10, 1986 – All-Star Wrestling: Sivi Afi appeared on the Body Shop Interview segment
  • February 18, 1986 – Championship Wrestling TV Taping: Sivi Afi defeated Bob Wade
  • March 1, 1986 – Prime Time Wrestling: Sivi Afi defeated Rene Goulet
  • March 8, 1986 – Boston Garden: Sivi Afi defeated Rene Goulet
  • March 16, 1986 – Madison Square Garden: Sivi Afi defeated Moondog Spot
  • April 1, 1986 – All-Star Wrestling TV Taping: Sivi Afi & Lanny Poffo defeated Ted Grizzly & Bob Bass
  • April 12, 1986 – Melbourne, Australia: Sivi Afi defeated Hercules Hernandez
  • April 13, 1986 – Brisbane, Australia: Sivi Afi defeated Paul Roma
  • April 19, 1986 – Maple Leaf Gardens: Sivi Afi wrestled Moondog Spot to a 20 minute draw
  • April 22, 1986 – Madison Square Garden: Sivi Afi defeated Iron Mike Sharpe by Countout
  • April 25, 1986 – Prime Time Wrestling TV Taping: Bret Hart defeated Sivi Afi
  • April 1986 – Championship Wrestling: Sivi Afi & Lanny Poffo defeated The Gladiator & Ron Shaw
  • May 19, 1986 – Madison Square Garden: Hercules Hernandez defeated Sivi Afi
  • May 24, 1986 – Boston Garden: Bret “Hitman” Hart defeated Sivi Afi
  • May 31, 1986 – The Spectrum: “Adorable” Adrian Adonis defeated Sivi Afi
  • June 3, 1986 – Championship Wrestling: Sivi Afi & Leaping Lanny Poffo defeated Jimmy Kent & Al Navarro
  • June 16, 1986 – All-Star Wrestling TV Taping: Terry & Hoss Funk defeated Sivi Afi & Tracy Morgan
  • June 24, 1986 – Championship Wrestling TV Taping: Sivi Afi & King Tonga defeated Gary Semones & Lane Anderson
  • July 7, 1986 – All-Star Wrestling TV Taping: Sivi Afi defeated Neil Carr
  • July 7, 1986 – All-Star Wrestling TV Taping: Sivi Afi & King Tonga defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Mr. X
  • July 12, 1986 – Madison Square Garden: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd defeated Sivi Afi & King Tonga
  • July 15, 1986 – Championship Wrestling: Sivi Afi & Haku & Ricky Steamboat beat Mr. X & Steve Lombardi & Rusty Brooks
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sivi Afi performed a fire dance before the match
  • July 27, 1986 – Maple Leaf Gardens: Sivi Afi defeated Jake “The Snake” Roberts by forfeit
  • July 28, 1986 – All-Star Wrestling: Sivi Afi & Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga beat Johnny 6-9 & Don Kolov & Larry Finnegan
  • August 5, 1986 – Championship Wrestling: Sivi Afi & King Tonga & Tonga Kid defeated Joe Mirto & Terry Gibbs & George Leech
  • August 25, 1986 – Madison Square Garden: Jake “The Snake” Roberts defeated Sivi Afi
  • August 26, 1986 – Superstars of Wrestling (premier): Sivi Afi & Ricky Steamboat defeated Terry Gibbs & Roger Kirby ..
  • August 26, 1986 – Superstars of Wrestling TV Taping: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff defeated Sivi Afi
  • September 6, 1986 – Boston Garden: Sivi Afi defeated Pete Doherty
  • September 16, 1986 – Superstars of Wrestling: Don Muraco & Bob Orton defeated Sivi Afi & Billy Jack Haynes
  • September 28, 1986 – Maple Leaf Gardens: Sivi Afi wrestled Iron Mike Sharpe to a 20 minute draw
  • October 6, 1986 – Superstars of Wrestling: “Macho Man” Randy Savage defeated Sivi Afi
  • October 28, 1986 – Superstars of Wrestling: The Hart Foundation defeated Sivi Afi & Johnny Mann
  • December 9, 1986 – Superstars of Wrestling: Harley Race defeated Siva Afi
  • December 13, 1986 – Philadelphia Spectrum: Butch Reed defeated Sivi Afi
  • December 26, 1986 – Madison Square Garden: Honky Tonk Man defeated Sivi Afi
  • January 5, 1987 – Superstars of Wrestling TV Taping: Sivi Afi defeated Frenchy Martin
  • January 6, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge Taping: Demolition defeated Sivi Afi & Jerry Allen
  • January 26, 1987 – Superstars of Wrestling Taping: Demolition defeated Sivi Afi & Mario Mancini
  • February 17, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge Taping: Demolition defeated Sivi Afi & Tommy Sharp
  • 1988: Sivi Afi briefly teamed with Haku after Tama‘s departure as the Islanders..

World Wrestling Federation – Sivi Afi:

  • Siva Afi left the World Wrestling Federation, and became a stuntman and bodyguard for Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds..
  • 1990: Siva Afi returned to New Zealand, where he wrestled for Steve Rickard’s Main Event TV show..
  • July 13, 1990 – Auckland: Siva Afi defeated the Canadian Stockman to win the NWA New Zealand British/Empire Commonwealth Title in the tournament finals
  • ~~~~~~Siva Afi captured the New Zealand Commonwealth title in the tournament final to conclude the Main Event series..
  • Siva Afi is now a born again Christian since retiring, and resides in Marion, Ohio where he is studying to become a minister..
  • ~~~He is doing 15 to 40 years in Ohio’s North Central Correctional Institution for aggravated burglary, kidnapping and robbery..
  • January 2007: Max Taaogga was released from NCCI (North Central Correctional Institution) and moved back to the Samoan Iles ..

 

Originally from Samoa
Grew up in New Zealand
No Residing in Marion, Ohio?