Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

  The Real Brick & Mortar Hall of Fame & Museum for the Business of Professional Wrestling!

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Professional Wrestling
Hall of Fame and Museum

712 8th Street, Suite 100
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
inside Big Blue Annex

Contact

(940) 264-8123
(844) 307-7943 (PWHF)
info@pwhf.org

Hours

Tues - Thurs: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sun: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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712 8th Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301

PWHF President, Johnny Mantell is featured on The Steve Austin Show 5/31/16 & 6/7/16!!

Click on the Pic of Steve Austin and the PWHF President Johnny Mantell to listen to the 5/31/2016 recording of The Steve Austin Show! 2nd episode will air June 7th!! A must hear for all wrestling fans....

The PWHF Board of Directors and Johnny want to thank Steve for his sincere generosity for the PWHF and Wichita Falls, TX!

JUNE 7, 2016 - PODCAST

PWHF Museum  NOW 
Open to the PUBLIC 

LOCATED in WICHITA FALLS,TX

First Wichita Building Annex 

(fondly known locally as the

 Big Blue Bldg.)

712 8th Street,

Suite 100

Wichita Falls, TX 76301

940-264-8123

1-844-307-7943 (PWHF)

Admission
 $3 per person 

(6 yrs - 65 yrs)

$2 per person 

Military & over 65 y
Children are welcome & encouraged, there is a interactive childrens area

HOURS:

Tuesday - Thursday  10am - 6pm

Friday - Saturday     10am - 7pm

Sunday                  1pm - 5pm

Available for Special Event & Group Tours, just call the PWHF Main #

(watch website)

PWHF & Museum Information

The PWHF is a 501(c)3 non profit, first chartered in NY through the board of regents in December 1999. The organization is run by a president and board of directors. 

The TX based President and Board of Directors will be listed soon! 

2016 PWHF 
Board of Directors
  • Cowboy Johnny Mantell - PRESIDENT
  • Tommy Smythe, Wichita County Tax Assessor - VICE PRESIDENT
  • Paul Rodriquez, First Bank - SECRETARY
  • Keri Orzak, Lucas McCord & Orsak - TREASURER
  • Randy Harrill, Acugraphics
  • Bill Colville, Entertainment Concepts
  • Tom Brewster, Sports Center
  • Syd Litteken, local architect
  • Dr. Oliver Bateman, UTA
  • Grey Pierson, Attorney
(remaining board to be named prior to first appointment)
At - Large Board Members
  • Terry Funk, Texas

PWHF Mission Statement

The mission of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) is to maintain organized volunteerism that preserves and promotes the dignified history of professional wrestling. Our purpose is to enshrine and pay tribute to professional wrestlers who have advanced this national pastime in terms of athletics and entertainment. 


We will remain steadfast in our efforts and energies to secure and enhance the structure of our Museum, and generate community and commerce building events for the betterment of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and the area that is its home. In doing so we will acquire and maintain records, memorabilia, and artifacts related to professional wrestling. These enterprises will advance the legacy of the sport of professional wrestling, and give due credit and commemoration to those who have contributed to its greatness. 

Become a part of our PWHF Ring Crew - our volunteers who help daily at the Museum, give tours and help out with our Special Events. 

Once you've been APPROVED as part of the Ring Crew, click on the VolunteerSpot link to schedule a time to "work" at the PWHF!

Special Thanks to our Supporters...... 

American Hat Company

Bill Apter
1wrestling.com

From the NY PWHF - 2014

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Visit the

Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

NOW LOCATED in WICHITA FALLS,TX

First Wichita Building Annex 

(fondly known locally as the

Big Blue Bldg. - just follow the skyline to the big blue building, the entrance is off 8th Street)

712 8th Street,

Suite 100

Wichita Falls, TX 76301

940-264-8123

1-844-307-7943 (PWHF)

Welcome to the PWHF

TOURS AVAILABLE - for Day Cares, Camps, Group Homes and More
Contact the PWHF at 940-264-8123 for information! 

Hillbilly Jim is

scheduled to judge the food truck challenge plus he will make an appearance at a

Meet & Greet at the PWHF at 4pm. 

Plus other wrestlers will make appeareances throughout the day here at the Hall signing autographs, selling T-shirts, etc. Don' t miss this once in a lifetime event.


Teaching the young the history of Professional Wrestling...... Thank you to Bruce Sankey's family for providing these youngsters an amazing Kids Area to play with.....

They couldn't wait to make it around to create matches!! 


The PWHF provides guided tours throughout the Museum for Day Cares, Camps and Youth Groups throughout the Summer Months. 

Call the PWHF at 940-264-8123 for more details or to schedule your tour!  

15th Annual Induction - a Success!! Moving forward to next events.... 

Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, worked, enjoyed and became a part of professional wrestling history in Wichita Falls, TX May 18-21, 2016. We are still pulling all the pieces together to officially Thank everyone. We will slowly thank all involved. We pray we do not miss anyone but you know as wrestlers, we've all been dropped on our heads a few too many times...... 

There are so many photos from our Official photographers (and a few from fans around the area) that we are still going through but we will start posting soon..... visit our Photo Gallery page to follow the photos from the weekend.....

A quick look at the 15th Annual Induction Weekend...

A look across the table centerpieces and the keepsake Induction Cups, just a special touch for the attendees to keep!!

RIBS, Inc provided one amazing pure TX BBQ Rib meal for the entire crowd.

Banquet attendees enjoyed the evening as Hall of Famer Terry Funk awaits his turn at inducting Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

Leilani Kai gives a heartfelt acceptance speech as Hall of Famer Wendi Richter looks on. Wendi made a wonderful induction speech for Leilani.

Mrs. Ata Maivia Johnson accepting her father's, High Chief Peter Maivia, induction into the 2016 PWHF Hall of Fame class. PWHF President, Johnny Mantell gave the induction speech; Mr. Mantell drove the High Chief around Los Angeles at the rip old age of 18, what an experience that must have been for a young man just starting in the business.

Wrestling Under the Stars presented by OSW on Friday, May 20th at 8th and Ohio right on the star..... Thank you Claro V. for getting this great shot from the top of The Holt. (we know there are many more great photos to come.)

That City Show's own, Eric Crosslin, was the special guest referee during the 3rd match of the night. Old School Wrestling (OSW) presented an amazing show with 5 matches. Family friendly, fun for all ages just like when wrestling was regular family fun live from the 4H Barn in Wichita Falls or from the Sportatorium in Dallas, the Olympic in LA, or any other wrestling venue back in the day!!! 

Thank you to Greg Oliver, Steve Johnson and all the amazing CANOE - Slam Sports writers for the Inductee Bios, support and this great article by attendee Carmine Despirito!!
Thank you all and more to come......

Photo from Amy Caldwell - Greg "the Hammer" Valentine being inducted by Terry Funk

For more photos and information about the weekend the check out the Photos & Info page.....

Some amazing Merchandise for the PWHF has landed in the PWHF Museum store and in the online Marketplace after this past Induction weekend. There are a few items left of some great stuff. Plus there are several Special Order items available.

Watch soon for list of some memorabilia pieces available too! 

Official 2016 Inductee Card Set by Artist Franklin O'Neal   (click the link to read the Front Page Times Records News article celebrating Franklin and his artwork. The Card sets are available now in the PWHF Marketplace, online and in the store.                                                                                              

Years of Induction/Autograph Event Items 
Also Available For Sale - all being added soon too

The PWHF was created in 1999. With the PWHF being a non profit, the way the organization pays for the Induction Weekend is other events and activities such as autograph signings, golf events, etc. In NY, they had a limited number of months where they could do events due to weather, location, etc. 

There was quite a few posters, from inductions and signing events, that are now available for sale, with all proceeds going back to the non-profit organization to continue the vision of growth. There is a large, mixed array of posters from events, many autographed from as far back as the very first PWHF Induction Banquet which are all stamped and canceled by the US Post Office, making the 2002 poster a very unique collectors item.

We are excited now to make these available to the fans that never had access to them before but once their gone, their gone.... there is a very limited number on many of these items. 

Visit our online Marketplace for these and all of our PWHF Merchandise available!!

Not only are there the array of posters, but there is also a mix of Induction year T-shirts and Programs from the induction banquets. If you have a favorite wrestler that was inducted a specific year, then you must have a shirt and program from their Induction.

Each program includes stories from wrestling historians, biographies about the inductees and other wrestling facts. 

Once again, these are in limited quantities so once they're gone, there will be no more.....

Watch for news soon about info on the Marketplace! 

If your interested in something special that may not be listed, send an email to sales@pwhf.org with any questions. 

What an Amazing Artist.... Thank you!!

An amazing painting of Big Blue, downtown Wichita Falls and our history flowing from the windows..... This will looking beautiful hanging in the Museum soon!! But until then, it will be live and in color at the Wichita County Tax Assessors office's in downtown Wichita! Stop by and say Hi to Tommy Smyth, the PWHF Board of Directors Vice President.... The entire Board of Directors wants to send special THANK YOU's to Shannon Reese-Gaumont for this wonderful gift to the Hall!!! 

From Left to Right, Tommy Smyth (PWHF Vice President & Wichita County Tax Assessor), Dan (Shannon's husband), Tom Brewster (PWHF Board Member), Shannon Reese-Gaumont (Artist), Johnny Mantell (PWHF President), Henry Florshiem (Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce & Industry) and Paul Rodriguez (PWHF Board Secretary & First Bank)

the artist and her painting

Hometown Artist, Shannon Reese-Gaumont

the community gets a look at the painting

Wichita Falls, TX - the Home of the PWHF (Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame) and Museum. The PWHF is the only real brick and mortar museum that honors the men and women from the business of Professional Wrestling; it is a non-profit, 501(c)3 registered in NY, donations to the museum will be handled accordingly. We are working on the "Changing of Territory" from NY to Texas and with the help of many, know it will go as smoothly as possible.

With the move to Big Blue in Wichita Falls, it allows the PWHF to grow with room and opportunity. The core of the PWHF mission stays the same.  To honor the men and women in the business of professional wrestling. 


There are items and memorabilia on display at the museum from present day to as far back as the Civil War Era. All items have been donated or are on loan from the families of the men / women themselves of professional wrestling to display for the enjoyment of the fans. 

There are many items that have been stored for many years, these items will be brought out for future displays so if you've been before and think you've seen it all, you might think again..... Plus this is our 15th Annual Induction year and it could get interesting! 


 A Look at the past PWHF induction activities.... 

A look at a past Meet & Greet line (Meet & Greet Autograph Line has ALWAYS been a line of talent seated, ticket sold includes 1 autograph and 1 photo of each talent - this is not considered a photo op) with Hall of Famer's and Legends JJ Dillon, Stan Hansen, Joyce Grable, Johnny Mantell, Barbara Goodish (Bruiser Brody's widow), Mr. Wrestling II, The Destroyer, Ref Billy, Dominic DeNucci! The 15th Annual Induction Weekend will feature a a mix of past, present and future stars and Legends in the sport of professional wrestling as well as many current Hall of Famers and the current years Inductees, who are able to attend. Each ticket sold helps offset the costs of the Induction Weekend.

Attend the 15th Annual Induction Weekend and enjoy times with many great legends such as James J Dillon, Dominic DeNucci, Doink the Clown and Davey O'Hannon, who attended the 2015 activities. Many of theses  along  many other past Hall of Famer's, Inductees and Legends will attend this year! Enjoy times with these men and women at the Memorabilia Fair, Meet & Greet, Induction Banquet and just hanging around the PWHF. 

2016 Inductees Announced.....

From November 19, 2015, Wichita Falls, TX - 

The PWHF Board of Directors and Voting Committee would like to congratulate the following individuals on their Induction into the 2016 Induction Class..... 


  • Pioneer Era (1865-1942)       Earl McCready & 
                                                 Joe Pazandak

  • International Division         Peter Maivia

  • Tag Team Division              The Black Jacks 
                                                 (Mulligan & Lanza)

  • Ladies Division                    Leilani Kai

  • Colleague Division              Mean Gene Okerlund

  • Television Era (1943-1984)    Hans Schmidt & 
                                                    Greg Valentine

  • Modern Era (1985-present)    Sgt. Slaughter &                                                               Steve Austin

Each Inductee who attends the induction weekend will receive a PWHF Plaque, Ring and a custom fit American Hat (#1 TX Cowboy Hat); if an inductee is not able to attend, a family member may accept for them and they will be presented with their custom plaque, which is the same that hangs in the Museum. As we receive confirmation on Inductees who plan on attending we will update the website with all the information, as well as other legends and past hall of famers who plan on attending. 
With everyone we've talked to, this is going to be one exciting weekend. 
Visit the HALL OF FAME Page for more about this years Inductees and a link to all the PAST Inductees. 

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