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Edmund Charles "Ed" Francis (June 11, 1926 – November 18, 2016) was a professional wrestler and wrestling promoter in Hawaii in the 1960s.[1] Many wrestlers who came through Hawaii in the 1960s and 1970s were bound to come across the name Ed Francis. However, the glory days of territorial wrestling were coming to an end, and in 1979, he sold the 50th State Big Time Wrestling promotion to "High Chief” Peter Maivia.

Ed Francis
Birth nameEdmund Charles Francis
BornJune 11, 1926
Chicago, Illinois
Died (aged 90)
Overland Park, Kansas
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)"Gentleman" Ed Francis

Personal lifeEdit

Francis raised his children on the windward side of Kailua, Oahu. His two sons, Bill and Russ, also enjoyed a wrestling career for a little while. Russ also had a career in the NFL, going on to work with the Omaha Beef Arena Football Team. One of the Francis brothers' contemporaries was wrestler Don Muraco; they attended high school together. Along with his two famous sons he also had four other sons and a daughter, Ed 'sonny' Francis, Steven, Bob, James and Arlene "Pixie" Francis, respectively. He later moved his brood to Eugene, Oregon.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  1. ^ When Wrestling Was King Archived 2009-06-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Rodgers, Mike (2004). "Regional Territories: PNW #16".

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