Lou Thesz Victor In Mat Battle

Honolulu Star-Bulletin – February 17, 1966

Former world’s heavyweight wrestling champion Lou Thesz won by a disqualification over Dick the Bruiser Afflis last night in one of the feature matches at the Honolulu International Center Arena.

After each matman had gained a fall – Thesz with a flying scissors and the Bruiser with a knee to the stomach – the Bruiser was disqualified for taking on the referee instead of the former titleholder.

Johnny Barend won clear title to the alleged U.S. heavyweight crown by taking two of three falls from Nick Kozak. Barend took the first fall with an atomic drop, Kozak the second with an old-fashioned airplane spin, and Barend the third with an elbow smash and press.

Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson successfully defended their version of the world’s tag team championship by defeating Cowboy Bill Watts and Rene Goulet.

The first fall went to Watts over Patterson with a body slam, then Patterson got the nod over Watts when the Cowboy missed a flying tackle and hit the turnbuckle. Stevens applied the clincher with a bombs away on Goulet.

Nick Bockwinkel also was disqualified in his match with the Golden Terror – he pulled off the Terror’s mask after they had split falls.

Time ran out on a tag match between Neff Maiava-Dean Higuchi and Ripper Collins-Oddjob Tosh Togo after each pair had captured a fall.

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