Sept 27, 1967: Hawaiian Tag Team Championship & Johnny Barend's Wedding
Photos courtesy of George Beppu.
On September 27, 1967 Promoter Ed Francis presented a sold out wrestling card at the Honolulu International Center arena featuring a Hawaiian Tag Team Championship match and Johnny Barend's wedding.
Tank Morgan vs Tiger Andrews
In the opening match, Tank Morgan took two straight falls over Tiger Andrews.
Tiger Andrews cranks up the pain on Tank Morgan with an Arm Bar.
Eric Frolich vs The Great Malenko
Eric Frolich was awarded a win over the Great Melenko who was disqualified for unsportsmanlike tactics.
The Great Malenko has a Chin Lock on Eric Frolich from outside the ring.
Ripper Collins vs Pepper Gomez
Ripper Collins and Pepper Gomez wrestled to a standoff.
Ripper Collins all dressed up in his flashy wrestling garb made by "Dominique of Paris."
Pepper Gomez temporarily gets the upper hand on the Ripper with an Arm Bar.
Stevens & Patterson vs White Wolf & Kozak
In the semi main event, the tag team of Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson battled to a draw with Chief Billy White Wolf and Nick Kozak. Each team gained a fall before time ran out.
White Wolf and Kozak, decked out in flower leis, sign autographs for the fans.
White Wolf drops the "Oklahoma Crusher" on Ray Stevens.
Pat Patterson all tied up in the ropes.
Nick Kozak being choked in the corner by Pat Patterson.
Ray Stevens begs for mercy as Kozak and White Wolf close in.
Hawaii's Largest Wedding
Before the main event match between champions Handsome Johnny Barend & Jim Hady and challengers Curtis Iaukea & Dutch Schultz, Johnny was married to Miss Anita Lum in the middle of the ring. Jim Hady, Johnny's tag team partner, was the Best Man. The wedding cake was provided by popular local bakery Leonard's Bakery and the ceremony was performed by the Rev. Samuel Keala in both Hawaiian and English.
Father of the bride leads Anita down the aisle to the ring.
Rev. Samuel Keala performs the ceremony. Jim Hady, Barend's tag team partner and Best Man, is seen with the couple.
The wedding took place on KGMB television with 9000 fans in attendance at the Honolulu International Center arena. When it came time for his vow, Handsome John grasped the microphone firmly and spoke his "I do!" Soon after, Johnny picked up his bride and carried her around the ring, to the cheering of his fans. Promoter Ed Francis leaped into the ring to congratulate the Handsome One and to kiss the bride.
Cutting the cake. The bride's father is on the left while promoter Ed Francis appears second from right.
Grains of rice fly as Johnny kisses Anita behind the wedding cake while Ed Francis applauds.
The Happy Bride and Groom.
Hady & Barend vs Iaukea & Schultz
In the featured main event, Curtis Iaukea and Dutch Schultz captured the Hawaiian tag team title by defeating Johnny Barend and Jim Hady, two out of three falls. In the third and deciding fall, Barend and Hady were in the ring with Schultz, Iaukea entered the ring and Barend went nuts and started drop kicking every one. When he dropped kicked Schultz, he(Schultz) fell back on Hady and the referee counted 1 2, 3, and Iaukea and Schultz were new tag team champions. Afterwards Barend and his bride went on a month long honeymoon.
Jim Hady holds on to Curtis Iaukea's neck with a Head Scissors.
Iaukea and Schultz work over Hady in the corner.
Barend lands a knee drop onto a prone Schultz.
A dazed Johnny Barend starts to get serious.
Barend lands a drop kick on Schultz.
Johnny continues his assault on Schultz.