January 29, 1972: Ed Francis vs Maddog Vachon for Hawaiian Championship
Photos courtesy of George Beppu.
On January 29, 1972 Gentleman Ed Francis defended his Hawaiian Championship title against Maddog Vachon at the Civic Auditorium.
In the opening match, Sam Steamboat drew with Maddog Mayne.
Sam Steamboat vs Maddog Mayne
Sam Steamboat in his corner before the match.
The next match saw Sweet Daddy Siki winning over Pat O'Brien.
Sweet Daddy Siki vs Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien body slams Sweet Daddy Siki.
In the tag team match, Johnny Barend and Jimmy Snuka defeated the Mighty Brutus and Jack Bence.
Bence/Brutus vs Barend/Snuka
Jack Bence applies a punishing Chin Lock on Jimmy Snuka.
Johnny Barend confronts The Mighty Brutus in the middle of the ring as referee Wally Tsutsumi holds off Jack Bence.
Ed Francis vs Maddog Vachon
A bloody Ed Francis delivers a blow to Vachon's midsection.
The main event saw Ed Francis successfully defend his Hawaiian Championship title against Canadian Maddog Vachon. This match turned out to be a bloodbath as both wrestlers foreheads were busted open. It was a typical Maddog Vachon match.
Ed Francis, bruised and battered, walks away with his Hawaiian Championship Belt after a vicious match with Vachon.