October 18, 1967: Victor the Wrestling Bear
Photos by George Beppu and Brian Roach. George Beppu Photos Courtesy of Dan Westbrook.
On October 18, 1967, promoter Ed Francis presented a wrestling card at the Honolulu International Center featuring Victor the Great, the Mighty Wrestling Bear in the main event.
Kongozan vs Dory Funk Sr.
The second match of the night featured local favorite Kongozan against Dory Funk Sr.
Ultimately, Dory Funk Sr. ended up defeating Kongozan.
Kongozan applies the Claw Hold on Dory Funk Sr.
Referee Frank Merrill asks Funk if he wants to submit.
Jim Hady & Nick Bockwinkel vs Enforcer #1 & Enforcer #2
The evening's first tag match featured local favorites Gentleman Jim Hady and "The man of a thousand holds" Nick Bockwinkel versus the mysterious Enforcers #1 and #2.
Hady and Bockwinkel defeated the Enforcers.
Referee Wally Tsutsumi tries to keep Enforcer #2 from interfering with the match as his partner Enforcer #1 suffers in Bockwinkel's famous Abdominal Stretch.
Referee asks Enforcer if he wants to give up.
Curtis Iaukea & Dutch Schultz vs Ray Stevens & Pat Patterson
The first main event of the night featured a Hawaiian Tag Team Championship Match pitting champions Curtis Iaukea and Dutch Schultz against challengers Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson.
Stevens and Patterson won the match on a disqualification. However, the title can't change hands on a disqualification so Iaukea and Schultz retained their Hawaiian Tag Team titles.
World Tag Champions Ray Stevens (with lei) and his partner Pat Patterson.
Ray Stevens goes for a ride on Curtis Iaukea's shoulders.
Here comes Dutch to the rescue.
The Blonde Bombers team up on Curtis Iaukea in the middle of the ring.
Ray Stevens "Bombs Away" from the top ropes onto a limp Curtis Iaukea.
Stevens throws Schultz across the ring.
Patterson jumps with his full weight onto Schultz' mid section.
Dutch Schultz about to sneak into the ring to help his partner Iaukea.
Ray Stevens delivers a vicious kick to a trapped Dutch Schultz in the corner of the ring.
Dutch Schultz throwing Pat Patterson out of the ring.
Victor the Great (Wrestling Bear) vs Ripper Collins
The main event featured Bear vs Man. The wrestling ring was surrounded by chicken wire, which was tied to the ropes to form a curtain around the ring. The special guest referee was Gentleman Jim Hady.
Victor The Great used a backflip to pin Ripper Collins in 2 minutes.
Victor being led to the ring by his trainer.
The 450 lb. Victor vs 300+ lb. Ripper Collins.
Looks like a standoff.
Gentleman Jim Hady is the guest referee for this match.
Both wrestlers slide around the ring trying to gain an advantage.
Victor wins the fall and match over the Ripper.
Referee Jim Hady watches as Victor celebrates victory.
The winner gets his just reward.