Photos courtesy of Brian Roache and George Beppu.
A big HIC card took place on October 15, 1969 which marked the first title of the New North American Champion Curtis Iaukea, a return match between The Sheik and The Missing Link, and a fight to the finish between Ed Francis and Ripper Collins.
Prior to the main event, four other matches took place. The first match saw Odd Job Tosh Togo battle to a draw with Karl Gotch, Pedro Morales and Hahn Lee defeated the team of Stan Nelson & The Alaskan, who took the place of The Crusher, who was unable to make it to Hawaii.
In another tag team match, The Von Steiger Brothers defeated the team of George Harris and McRonald Kamaka. Curtis Iaukea retained his North American title by going to a draw with Ray Stevens.
The first main event was a rematch between The Sheik and The Missing Link from a month earlier where The Sheik was disqualified for attacking both The Missing Link and referee prior to the match. The match was 2 out of three falls to a television curfew.
As soon as the match started, The Missing Link attacked The Sheik, after 6:48 of action, The Sheik gouged The Link's eyes and pinned hm for the first fall. The second fall lasted only 1:15 when The Link applied the Claw Hold on The Sheik, who quickly submitted thus evening up the match.
For the third fall, The Sheik threw The Missing Link out of the ring and went after him as The Link tried to get back into the ring. The Sheik then slammed The Link's head into the time keeper's table. Meanwhile, The Sheik's manager (The Weasel) went under the ring and held onto The Link's leg as he tried to get back into the ring. Referee Wally Tsutsumi started to count to 20 and The Link was counted out and the match was awarded to The Sheik. After being counted out, The Missing Link reache down and pulled The Weasel off him and picked him up by the neck. The Sheik seeing this attacked The Link and left him laid out on the floor of the arena.
As The Sheik was leaving the ring, all of a sudden Pedro Morales came running towards the ring and as he approached, The Sheik reached into his trunks and threw a fire ball at Morales' face and Morales fell to the ground. Next, The Sheik approached Lord Blears, who was narrating the match on KGMB TV, and once again reached into his trunks and threw a fire ball at Blears, then left for the locker room.
The final event for the evening was a non-sanctioned fight to the finish between Ed Francis and Ripper Collins with no time limit, no disqualification, no rules, and no referee. Since this was a non-sanctioned match, the crowd was given five minutes to leave the arena; as expected, no one left.
As both men entered the ring, all hell broke loose. The match was nothing but punching, biting, gouging, with both wrestlers hitting each other's head into ring posts and tables around the ring. The match went on for several minutes and soon Collins was bleeding from the head and Ed Francis got his sleeper hold on him outside the ring. Within a minute, Collins was asleep to the delight of 8700 fans. Francis continued to stomp on Collins, who was asleep on the floor of the HIC and was pulled away by Lord Blears. Finally, Collins was carried to the locker room on a stretcher and Francis was declared the winner of the match.