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 Posted: Sun Jul 19th, 2009 04:05 am
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I always wondered about the history of this team. I had never read about them in the magazines, 'nor seen them before until 1984 when Al Zinck revived International Wrestling which was headquartered in Halifax. Zinck brought in I think Mark Lewin to book and JJ Dillion, Kendo Nagasaki and Tio and Tapu and a few others from the Florida area. I think Lewin had the book at first until he wanted more money, then left which led to Dillion getting the book and bringing in Leo Burke as top babyface to replace Lewin who held that role. I'm not sure though as Dillion may have had the book from the beginning and Lewin was just talent. I know Dillion talks about it in his book, but I haven't read it yet.
ANYWAY....lol this was the first time I saw Tio and Tapu. I thought they were a pretty good tag team, but always regarded them as a Afa and Sika knockoff as that was who I was expecting when the Samoans were announced as coming in. They won me over by the end of their run here. What is their history? Claw do you and Hammer To Fall(or anyone else) have many results from them so I can follow their careers from where they got their start to where they ended up during their time as wrestlers? I'm not sure what really happened to them after they left Halifax, although I think they wrestled some more in Florida.
Sorry for the  long winded post, but I just wanted to tell all that I know about them...which isn't much.

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I have some results of Tio & Tapu. They were the Samoans before Afa & Sika. Initially Afa & Sika were billed as The Islanders and the Anoia brothers before being called the Wild Samoans. There might have been a third Samoan with Tio & Tapu. I'll have to do some research about that.



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clawmaster wrote: There might have been a third Samoan with Tio & Tapu. I'll have to do some research about that.

Yep Samoan Reno Tuufuli.



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Yes I forgot about the Islanders. They would have been in Stampede around '73 wouldn't they?
The Samoans listed on the Florida cards in the Great Mephisto thread would be Tip and Tapu then...right?
I never knew about the third one, Reno Tuufuli.

I wonder if they worked a lot of the same territories as Cocoa Samoa. I know they were in Florida together and Cocoa was also up in Halifax in '84 with them and Dillon.

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Dillon's book states that JJ came from Florida to make a go as booker for the Maritimes; he had 50 percent of the office and was using Eddie Graham's tapes as programming as he got rolling.  He states Lewin was in for only 3 weeks and left because Dillon could not pay a higher guarantee, heading to work as a booker himself in Singapore.

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One Fan Gang wrote:  

Dillon's book states that JJ came from Florida to make a go as booker for the Maritimes; he had 50 percent of the office and was using Eddie Graham's tapes as programming as he got rolling.  He states Lewin was in for only 3 weeks and left because Dillon could not pay a higher guarantee, heading to work as a booker himself in Singapore.

Yeah That's it, Dillon was the booker the whole time. Thanks OFG for straightening that out for me as I had forgotten exactly what the deal was.
I'll tell you though for the short amount of time that Lewin was here he definitely made a great impression on me. I loved him. He was just so damn believable. I just told a story in the Dillon thread at KM about how great Dillon sold Kendo Nagasaki's salt to the eyes one night at the Halifax Forum. I miss Lewin. Underappreciated for what he did in the business worldwide IMO.

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Mark Lewin should be in Meltzer's HOF but that's a debate for another time.



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clawmaster wrote: Mark Lewin should be in Meltzer's HOF but that's a debate for another time.

You know I was thinking that just the other night. I was wondering if he was, then I checked and saw he wasn't and I was like "This guy really should be in there." Just look at the draw he was in the South East Pacific Region in the 60's and 70's. Just an incredible career.
What has Meltzer said about him throughout the years? Has there been much debate with him over it?

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The Samoans who worked Florida in 1973 were Tio Tio and Reno Tufuuli. Very good team, managed by Dandy Jack Crawford (until he got fired for continually being drunk and unreliable) who had one of the great tag team feuds of the 1970s with Mike Graham and Kevin Sullivan. Tapu, who I think may have been Tio's son, never worked CWF rings.

Tio Tio returned in 1976 and worked as a prelim heel, winning the curtian jerker, but usually losing when placed higher on the card.

Tio and Tapu did work for Poffo's ICW, and I believe they spent a little time in California as well. I know Reno worked as a babyface single for Shire in the mid to late 1970s after the team broke up. I don't recall the specifics of why they seperated, but do know that Reno wanted to be closer to home (San Fran) and was done with travelling.

JJ's book is great, and very underrated. His attention to even the most miniscule detail is amazing and he does go on at length about his time in Canada.

Lewin was considered a genius by many, while others site his blood and guts style of booking as the reason many terrirories burned out. Lewin also had well documented problems with drugs that cost him a job or two as well. Very good babyface, great heel, and good mind for the business. During his struggles with narcotics in the 1970s, according to some who knew him, his personality would change at the drop of a hat, making him very volatile.

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Tio and Tapu Taylor worked as the Samoans in the Gulf Coast area in 1974. Afa and Sika also worked there in either late '74 or early '75 as the Samoans. The Taylors were heels and the Anoi'as were babyfaces.

Afa and Sika came back as heels (as The Islanders) in 1977 and had a long run in the area. They were also there with Southeastern in 1978.

Here are the three versions of "The Samoans"

Tio Taylor & Reno Tufuuli



 

Tio & Tapu Taylor



 

Afa & Sika Anoi'a (with the Gulf Coast tag team belts)


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Tio & Tapu also competed as The Manchurians, Maoris, and Mongolians, and The New Guinea Headhunters.

Besides winning tag team titles in Florida, they won the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Titles on January 2, 1977 in Chattanooga from Rickey Gibson & Bill Dundee as The Samoans, they were initially managed by Jim "Cashbox" Kent and later by Ken Hawk. They lost the titles, and regained them from Ray Candy & Pez Whatley in July, 1977, they lost them to Candy & Whatley on August 6, 1977 in Chattanooga. They won the Southern Tag Team Tile in October 1977 in Memphis, while being managed by Bruce Swayze.

As They Manchurians they won the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Titles three times between February and June of 1980. They were managed by The Great Mephisto(Frankie Cain) and Sputnik Monroe.

They were in ICW(Angelo Poffo) in 1981-1982. Tio competed as The Great Tio and held the ICW TV Title three times between July, 1981 and early 1983. Tapu wrestled as Prince Tapu, they never won a tag team tile in their ICW tenure.

They may have temproarily split, with Tio competed in the Kansas City(Central States) region & Tapu in PNW.

They were declared The International Wrestling Global tag Team Champions upon the founding of The International Wrestling Association in May, 1984 in Nova Scotia. They were known as The Wild Samoans:Great Tio & Chief Tapu. They lost the titles to Rudy Kay & Herb Gallant on May 26, 1984 and regained them on May 30, 1984. The Great Tio subsequently held the titles with Professor Kato.

They captured the Southwest Tag Team Tile in the waning days of Southwest Championship Wrestling on January 20, 1985. They were known as The Maoris: Tudui(Tapu) & Wakahi(Tio). They were recognized as the first tag team champions of Texas All Star Wrestling the successors to Southwest Championship Wrestling. They dropped those titles to American Force:Paul Diamond & Nick Kiniski on May 25, 1985 in San Antonio.

They won the the Southeastern Tag Team in November, 1986 while known as The New Guinea Headhunters.

They also competed in a few other areas where they didn't win titles or wrestled solo.

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Wow thanks guys for all this information. They definitely were pretty active in the late 70's to early 80's.

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diamondmd wrote:

Tio Taylor & Reno Tufuuli



 

Tio & Tapu Taylor



 


 

Did they stay in such good shape or did they blow up like most Samoans do?



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Was Tio Taylor also later Tio Tio in JCP or is that a different guy?

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NCJames wrote:
Was Tio Taylor also later Tio Tio in JCP or is that a different guy?

That was him. http://www.wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=6930&bild=1&details=7

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