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The Glory Days of Grudge Matches, Wrestling Bears and Coconut Head Butts!
Tally Ho Blears, Chief Billy White Wolf, Curtis “The Bull” Iaukea, Ripper Collins. They were heroes and villains to a generation of Hawaii wrestling fans – leading men in the cultural phenomenon that was 50th State Big Time Wrestling. Grappling ringside at the Civic Auditorium or locking horns in those outrageous locker-room interviews, these world-class wrestlers – Hard Boiled Haggerty, Tosh Togo, Handsome Johnny Barend, Andre the Giant and so many more – played to packed houses whipped to a frenzy by “Gentleman” Ed Francis – a true legend in American sports entertainment.
Now, Francis reveals the behind-thescenes stories of building his Aloha State wrestling empire; the negotiations to bring wrestling to Hawaii’s television screens, and the ups-and-downs of managing an enterprise built on big men boasting larger-than-life personalities, all captured here in over 100 images chronicling two decades of Island wrestling mania.
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