Nov 30, 1966: United States Championship: Handsome Johnny Barend vs. The Missing Link
Photos courtesy of George Beppu.
On November 30, 1966 at the Honolulu International Center Arena Promoter Ed Francis presented six wrestling matches.
In the earlier matches, Johnny Valentine won over Mike Paidosus and Karl Gotch defeated Sonny Meyers.
In the special tag event, Billy White Wolf and Man Mountain Cannon got the referee decision over The Mighty Atlas and Beauregarde.
Johnny Valentine signs autographs for local fans.
Mike Paidosus (back to camera) confronts Lord Blears outside the ring.
Chief Billy White Wolf arrives in the ring in a business suit.
Hady & Gomez vs Tyler & Negra
In the other tag team match, the Tarzan Tyler-Cyclone Negra vs. Pepper Gomez and Jim Hady match ended in a draw. Each team took a fall before the time ran out.
Jim Hady and Pepper Gomez.
Tarzan Tyler pile drives Pepper Gomez.
Cyclone Negra breaks up Jim Hady's submission hold on Tarzan Tyler.
Ripper Collins vs Cowboy Watts
The Ripper Collins vs. Cowboy Watts match wound up in a stalemate. Both wrestlers were counted out while reposing among the front row seats.
Ripper Collins argues with promoter Ed Francis and Jim Hady as valet Beauregarde (back to camera) watches.
Cowboy Bill Watts about to throw Ripper Collins across the ring.
Johnny Barend vs The Missing Link
The main event was for the United States heavyweight belt. Champion Handsome Johnny Barend put his title on the line against The Missing Link.
Barend took the first fall with a dropkick. The Missing Link won the second fall with a bear hug submission hold and Barend captured the deciding fall with a press to successfully defend his title.
The Missing Link has Johnny Barend in the corner.
The Link about to give Johnny Barend another thunderous head butt.
The Missing Link writhes in pain in the middle of the ring.