October 27, 1971: Maddog Mayne vs. Ed Francis
Photos courtesy of George Beppu.
On October 27, 1971 promoter Ed Francis presented a professional wrestling card at the Honolulu International Center Arena featuring two championship matches, a tag team thriller, and three supporting matches.
In the opening match, Hahn Lee went to a draw with Jack Pesek. In other matches, Eddie Morrow won on a disqualification from Fidel Castro and Bearcat Wright defeated Iron Mike Loren.
Eddie Morrow vs Fidel Castillo
Eddie Morrow with an arm bar on Fidel Castillo
Bearcat Wright vs Iron Mike Loren
Bearcat Wright goes over the rules with referee Pete Peterson
Bearcat Wright confronts Iron Mike Loren on all fours
Sheik & Kiniski vs Maivia & Iaukea
In a tag team match, The Sheik and Gene Kiniski defeated the team of Peter Maivia and Curtis Iaukea.
The Sheik and Gene Kiniski make their way to the ring
The Sheik with something in his mouth
The Sheik attacks as Peter Maivia tries to get back in the ring
Sweet Daddy Siki vs Sam Steamboat
In the first championship match of the night, Sweet Daddy Siki won two out of three falls from Sam Steamboat to become the North American Champion.
Sweet Daddy Siki
Sweet Daddy wins the North American Championship from Sam Steamboat
Ed Francis vs Maddog Mayne
The last match of the night saw Ed Francis defeat Maddog Mayne two out of three falls to take the Hawaiian Heavyweight Championship.
Maddog Mayne works over Ed Francis in the corner
Mayne serves up more punishment
A devastating Atomic Drop on Ed Francis
Ed Francis turns the tables with his Sleeper Hold
Both wrestlers perform the Civic Auditorium Ballet
After the match, Maddog Mayne's Hawaiian Championship tag team partner Sweet Daddy Siki entered the ring. Both he and Mayne worked over Ed Francis.
After the match, Sweet Daddy Siki enters the ring
Both Siki and Mayne begin to beat up Ed Francis