|Birth name||Samuel K. Mokuahi|
|Born||May 4, 1934|
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
|Died||May 2, 2006 (aged 71)|
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
|Cause of death||Complications from Alzheimer's disease|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Sam Steamboat|
|Trained by||Lord James Blears|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Steamboat began his career with the Honolulu-based promotion 50th State Big Time Wrestling. He won his first championship on August 5, 1956, teaming with Billy Varga to defeat Great Togo and Tosh Togo for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship. On January 25, 1961, Steamboat defeated Dick Hutton to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship. He lost the championship to Luigi Macera on April 15, 1961.
In the early 1960s, Steamboat relocated to the contiguous United States, where he competed for the Los Angeles, California-based promotion Worldwide Wrestling Associates. In 1960, he won the WWA International Television Tag Team Championship with Dick Hutton.
Steamboat went on to compete in the Atlanta, Georgia-based Georgia Championship Wrestling, where he won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Georgia version) with Eddie Graham in 1964, and the North Carolina-based Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling, where he held the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) with Graham in 1965.
In the mid-1960s, Steamboat began wrestling for Championship Wrestling from Florida, where he reformed his alliance with Eddie Graham. Steamboat won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida version) on five occasions between 1964 and 1967, as well as the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) on two occasions in 1965 and the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship in 1969.
Steamboat returned to Hawaii in the late 1960s, winning the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship on three further occasions and the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship on four further occasions. He also won the NWA North American Championship (Hawaii version) on four occasions. He retired in the late 1970s.
Mokuahi was married to Sheryll, with whom he had seven children.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- 50th State Big Time Wrestling
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Georgia version) (4 times) – with Eddie Graham
- Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time) – with Eddie Graham
- Worldwide Wrestling Associates
1Steamboat and Graham won this championship by winning a tournament held on a card promoted in the Championship Wrestling from Florida promotion.
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