April 2, 1965: Freddie Blassie vs. Hard Boiled Haggerty
Photos courtesy of George Beppu.
On April 2, 1965 promoter Ed Francis presented a professional wrestling card at the Civic Auditorium in Honolulu.
In the opening match, Lord Blears and The Bandit went to a draw. The match between Enrique Torres and Curtis Iaukea also went to a draw. Torres won the first fall in 22:20 with a flying back drop. Iaukea evened the match in 15:20 with a “Big Splash” body press. When neither wrestler could gain a third fall, the match ended in a draw.
Enrique Torres vs Curtis Iaukea
A wrestling fan presents Enrique Torres with a lei.
Torres about to slam Curtis Iaukea's head into the ring apron.
Curtis Iaukea returns the favor by slamming Enrique Torres' head into the apron.
Lindsey/Bockwinkel vs Collins/Duffy
In a tag team match, Luther Lindsey and Nick Bockwinkel beat the team of Ripper Collins and Don Duffy on a disqualification. Collins refused to break an illegal hold.
Nick Bockwinkel and Luther Lindsay approach the ring.
Ripper Collins and Don Duffy.
The four wrestlers battle outside the ring.
Luther Lindsay delivers his signature drop kick on Don Duffy.
Don Duffy feels the pain in his back from a backdrop delivered by Lindsay.
Duffy chokes Lindsay as the referee tries to intervene.
Fred Blassie vs Hard Boiled Haggerty
The main event featured Fred Blassie vs. Hard Boiled Haggerty. The first fall went to Haggerty, who made Blassie submit to his Claw Hold in 9:10. Blassie tied up the match with a reverse back drop in 1:30. The match ended in a draw when the referee disqualified both wrestlers for fighting outside the ring and failed to return to the ring in 20 seconds. The match was stopped in 6:40.
A young wrestling fan keeps her distance from a serious looking Blassie.
Blassie and Haggerty battle outside the ring. Haggerty's head is cut open.