The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (PWHF) is home to the stories, history, pictures, posters, ring worn gear, and so much more from the world of this great American sport! We are so happy to be in Wichita Falls, TX for all the world to enjoy.
It’s been a journey since 1999, when the inaugural organization was formed and started by the founding father, Mr. Tony Vellano, and the rest of the founding Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame. From humble beginnings in Schenectady, NY to Amsterdam, NY, and then in November 2015 the announcement was made of the move to the iconic First Wichita Building in downtown Wichita Falls. Big Blue was to become home to the only brick and mortar Hall of Fame & Museum just for Professional Wrestling, and all of wrestling.
As the move to place over 800 items of history, weighing 28,000 pounds, to their new home began, Albert Moving (a local warehouse storage and moving company) hauled the precious cargo just as it should be for 1800+ miles to its destination…. Wichita Falls, TX!! 712 8th Street, Suite 100 was not quite ready when the truck arrived so all the mannequins, shelves, and display cases were unloaded at Big Blue while all the precious items and memorabilia were stored in locked vaults in Albert Moving’s warehouse until the call was made that said, “We’re ready!”.
That’s when the work really began. The first floor annex of Big Blue started coming to life with pictures and posters telling the story of what has become true Americana… Professional Wrestling. The over 100-year-old ring that was built for the Polo Grounds in upstate New York finally found a home. Our old building in NY did not have room for it so now it was being brought back to life as we set it up for the world to see again. In our first six months of being open to the public here in Wichita Falls, 15 countries and 46 states have blessed us with visitors to the Hall of Fame and Museum. Fans from all over and, of course, fans from right here in Texoma that enjoyed nights at the 4-H Barn have come in and relived all those many years of memories. From Skandor Akbar to Danny Hodge, The Sheik to Jack Brisco, Terry Funk to David Von Erich… the names, the stories of watching TV with your Grandma & Grandpa, Mom & Dad…. It’s what we did, and whether you believed or not, or liked it or not, those memories are forever in our minds. Now at 712 8th Street, Suite 100, Wichita Falls, TX you can relive a few of those special memories, too.
Come and see us at the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Let us see if we can’t help you relive a few of those good times!! God bless and look out for flying chairs.
Upcoming “events” to watch for:
End of November the 2017 Inductees into the PWHF will be announced.
3rd weekend of May each year, May 19th & 20th, 2017, is always the Induction weekend for the PWHF. A weekend full of wrestling themed events include a comedy show, a Q & A session, a wrestling show, a trade show and the Induction Banquet, all celebrating the men & women of the wrestling business.
Watch the website (pwhf.org) and Facebook page (@professionalwrestlinghalloffame) for all information regarding the PWHF.
Cowboy Johnny Mantell, “the Pride of Montague County” and President, Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (PWHF)
712 8th Street, Suite 100
Wichita Falls, TX 76301