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July 30, 1969: Curtis Iaukea vs. Gorilla Monsoon

Photos courtesy of George Beppu and Brian Roache.

The card on July 30, 1969 featured a grudge match between former tag team partners Curtis Iaukea and Gorilla Monsoon. Five other preliminary matches took place at the Honolulu International Center before the main event. The results were as follows: Nick Bockwinkel pinned Masa Fujiwara, Ray Stevens drew with Rocky Montero.

Rocky Montero hops over Ray Stevens
Rocky Montero hops over Ray Stevens.
Rocky Montero downs Ray Stevens
Rocky Montero downs Ray Stevens.
Montero drives a knee into Ray Stevens gut
Montero drives a knee into Ray Stevens' gut.
Montero tries to hide a choke hold from the referee
Montero tries to hide a choke hold from the referee.
Rocky Montero works over Ray Stevens from outside the ring.
Rocky Montero works over Ray Stevens from outside the ring.

The match between Kenji Shibuya and Dory Dixon ended in a draw.

Kenji Shibuya vs Dory Dixon
Kenji Shibuya delivers a vicious chop to the chest of Dory Dixon.

Kenji Shibuya vs Dory Dixon
Kenji Shibuya kicks Dory Dixon on the ropes.

Kenji Shibuya vs Dory Dixon
Shibuya applies his famous Sleeper Hold onto Dixon.

Kenji Shibuya flies through the air
Kenji Shibuya attacks Dory Dixon from the top ropes.

Chief Billy White Wolf and Peter Maivia defeated the German brothers Kurt and Karl Von Steiger on a disqualification.

Peter Maivia & Chief Billy White Wolf vs Kurt and Karl von Steigers
Chief Billy White Wolf delivers a jumping chop to the head of Kurt von Steigers.
Peter Maivia & Chief Billy White Wolf vs Kurt and Karl von Steigers
von Steiger continues his attack as Peter Maivia clings onto the ropes.
Peter Maivia & Chief Billy White Wolf vs Kurt and Karl von Steigers
Peter Maivia on the receiving end of a von Steiger Body Slam.
Peter Maivia & Chief Billy White Wolf vs Kurt and Karl von Steigers
White Wold gets the same treatment from the von Steigers.
Peter Maivia & Chief Billy White Wolf vs Kurt and Karl von Steigers
Peter Maivia all tangled up in the ropes.
Peter Maivia takes on both Von Steigers.
Peter Maivia takes on both Von Steigers while White Wolf watches.

The tag team of Pedro Morales and Ed Francis defeated the team of Killer Buddy Austin and Ripper Collins.

Collins punches Francis.
Ripper Collins gets ready to hand deliver the "Georgia Five" to the head of Ed Francis.
Collins gets slammed.
Ripper Collins tries to get up from a vicious Body Slam by Pedro Morales.
Collins gets Clawed.
Pedro Morales reaches to apply the "Claw Hold" on to Ripper Collins' forehead.
Collins rips.
Ripper Collins earns his "Ripper" nickname at the expense of Ed Francis.
Austin stomps.
Killer Buddy Austin does some serious stomping on a downed Ed Francis.
Peter Maivia takes on both Von Steigers.
Ed Francis was out cold at the end of the match and had to be revived.

The main event was for the Hawaiian Championship. Iaukea, the champion, now met his arch enemy Monsoon. The match came to a standtill when Pedro Morales and Lord Blears entered the ring. Blears announced that the winner of this match would meet Morales for his North American Championship in the near future.

Iaukea works over Pedro before match
Iaukea works over Pedro before the match.

(4) At this point, Monsoon attacked Morales, who was still wearing his championship belt. Monsoon slammed Pedro's head into the ring post and Morales began to bleed profusely. Iaukea, who was watching the whole thing from his corner, ran over and pushed Monsoon aside and also attacked Morales. Finally, Morales had to be carried from the ring.

Iaukea goes after Monsoon outside the ring
Iaukea goes after Monsoon outside the ring.

The first fall came when Monsoon used a Big Splash on Iaukea, pinning him in 1:17 of the match.

Monsoon covers Iaukea
Gorilla Monsoon quickly covers a stunned Curtis Iaukea.

The second fall went to Iaukea in 6:45 when Monsoon attempted his splash and missed. Curtis then covered and pinned him.

Monsoon has bear hug on Iaukea
Monsoon has bear hug on Iaukea.
Iaukea hammerlock Monsoon
Curtis Iaukea applies a punishing Hammer Lock on Gorilla Monsoon.
Monsoon bearhugs Iaukea
Monsoon returns the favor with a Bear Hug on Curtis Iaukea.
Monsoon headlock on Iaukea
Monsoon tries to wear down Iaukea with a modified headlock.
Monsoon flips Iaukea
Gorilla Monsoon executes the Sunset Flip Curtis.
Iaukea splashes Monsoon
Curtis Iaukea lands the "Big Splash" on Gorilla Monsoon.

The match came to an end after Monsoon had a bear hug on Iaukea and in an attempt to break the hold, Iaukea sent both wrestlers through the ropes and onto the floor outside the ring. The referee started to count both wrestlers out and Monsoon was able to get up before Iaukea. As a result, Monsoon won the match and not the title, since the title cannot change hands as a result of a count out. Also, as a result of winning the match, Monsoon would meet Pedro Morales in the future for his North American title.

Monsoon and Iaukea going over the ropes
Monsoon and Iaukea going over the ropes.
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