Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

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

Welcome to the Archival Page for the PWHF -
stories, photos and items from past events

Falls Town Food Truck Festival & Wrestling.....

Crowd of close to 2,000 flowed down Ohio Street where Food Trucks lined the streets and wrestling matches entertained the crowds!

Fundraiser for Downtown Lions Club & the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

Short Sleeve Sampson greets fans from around Texoma this past Saturday, October 8th. 


Wrestling Fans enjoyed meeting Short Sleeve Sampson, Tokyo Monster Kahagas, Prince Akeem and Hillbilly Jim as an added fundraiser for the PWHF. 


This is just one of many Meet & Greet opportunities held at the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum throughout the year. 

Thank you to legendary man of the ring, Hillbilly Jim for bringing great awareness to the PWHF and the Museum this weekend.

Occasionally, we have students who stop by to do research, ask questions, write papers... We have an extensive library and research room just for those purposes...

Shular Roberts (shown here with PWHF Board President Johnny Mantell), a student from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, spent a little over three hours at the PWHF on Sunday, 11/6/16 looking through the memorabilia, talking about the impact on tourism the PWHF has had on Texoma and interviewing Board President Johnny Mantell for his Nature Heritage Tourism Planning & Development class.  The PWHF is a non-profit organization and Museum that welcomes students and fans of all ages, one of the many reasons the PWHF is here.
Shular is from the Wichita Falls area and was excited about writing his paper about the PWHF. He said all his classmates were visiting National Parks & Monuments but he felt that the tourism impact on Texoma was just as significant, plus no one else had written about the PWHF before!!
Thanks Shular and the Roberts Family!!

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

Comedy Show and Q & A at the Iron Horse Pub with PWHF President Johnny Mantell, The Grappler Lyn Denton, Butcher Vachon, Leilani Kai, Tiger Conway Jr and Wild Bill Irwin.....
Stories from the road, tall tales and questions from the crowd started the 2016 Induction events with a bang....
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!!! 

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 ripe old age of 18, what an experience that must have been for a young man just starting in the business.

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

Meet & Greet Autograph Line
~ 2016 Autograph line hosted 27 Hall of Fame Inductees and Legends
Banquet attendees enjoyed the evening as Hall of Famer Terry Funk awaits his turn at inducting Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.
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

2016 Cauliflower Alley Club Convention

The 51st Cauliflower Alley Club held this year at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas was a interesting and productive convention to attend. It was started 51 years ago in Los Angeles as a convention for boxing, wrestling and other combative sports throughout the World; a time where just the "boys" could get together to reminisce and hang out without people asking for autographs and photos every time you turned around. Several years ago, it was moved to Las Vegas and the Club was opened up to a membership organization where anyone interested could join the Club. It is a non-profit organization that uses it's membership to provide help and scholarships for deserving men, women and children of wrestlers. 

Cowboy Johnny Mantell attended one convention back in Los Angeles when his brother, Ken Mantell, was the NWA Jr Heavyweight Champion, and this year returned to represent and promote the PWHF and it's new home. 

It was great seeing old friends, meeting new ones and finally putting faces to all those names we all talk to everyday online! We had a great time, handed out more than 1,000 cards regarding the PWHF and Wichita Falls, TX and most important cemented friendships for the PWHF future!! 

The Memorabilia Displays available to look through at the CAC Nostalgia Room. 

Wrestlers and organizations from across the country had tables with items for sale at the CAC Nostalgia Room. 

Texomahomepage - HUGE THANKS

WICHITA FALLS, TX

The president of the new Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Wichita Falls, Johnny Mantell, said the hall of fame had a successful first week. 

Mantell said he estimates that more than 1,000 visitors will pass through over the week.

He specifically planned to open their doors this week, because more than 100,000 people are headed to the Dallas area for WWE's WrestleMania. Mantell said he had a booth at WrestleMania and many of the people he spoke with seemed excited to stop through Wichita Falls. The hall of fame is usually not open on Mondays, but they will be this week for all of the WrestleMania traffic coming into downtown. 

"Well, I feel like we need to get ready to move up to another floor. That's how hopeful I am. We need more space because I'm getting new stuff in everyday. Guys are bringing us stuff and sending us stuff and we're going to have to move up to another floor for sure here.... before too long," Mantell said. 

The hall of fame and new museum has memorabilia dating back to the Civil War. 

Admission is $3 and the hall of fame is typically open Tuesday through Sunday. 

Thank you to Kenzi, Matt McCullock and KFDX Ch. 3 for coming out Sunday.... CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPORT

(from Texomahomepage.com)

Official Ribbon Cutting for Grand Re-Opening in Big Blue, Wichita Falls, TX

Close to 150 citizens from around the Wichita Falls community and around North Texas walked through the PWHF and Museum this morning during the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry ribbon cutting. Thank you so much to their Board and the Gold Coat Ambassadors who attended this morning's event. We also want to thank the PWHF Board of DIrectors and Keith Mundee from American Hat Company for attending this morning. It was great watching everyone's faces walking through today reliving their childhood memories!! 

So come spend an hour or more viewing the worldwide history of Professional Wrestling right here in Wichita Falls, TX. 

200+ visit PWHF during Sneak Peek

Saturday, March 12th will forever be in the memories of over 200+ men, women and children when the PWHF Board of Directors opened up one room of the Museum for a sneak peek. It was amazing watching the smiles on everyone's face looking through the only 20-25% of items on display as they brought back memories from their youth, times with relatives or as they were teaching their children about "when wrestling was real". 

We can't wait to have the entire museum ready and open to the public. We have had emails and messages from around the country asking if the museum will be open for Wrestlemania travelers, and the answer is YES, we will be open. 

Watch the website for dates and times of operation. 

The PWHF will also have a booth at the WrestleCon event April 1st & 2nd in Dallas! Watch all of our social media for updates, booth locations and photos from upcoming activities!! 

PWHF - Changing Territories - Amsterdam, NY to Wichita Falls, TX

Andrews / Albert Moving Truck is being loaded in Amsterdam, NY as I type this. The driver is doing an amazing job packing all of the priceless memorabilia. This truck will cross the Texas border the first of next week, Monday, Jan. 112016. Then the fun begins....


The PWHF Board of Directors is excited to begin this stage of the move......


Follow the move through the PWHF Facebook page with photos and videos along the way to Texas.

PWHF Facebook

Changing of Territory

The announcement of the move of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum to Wichita Falls, TX where it will make it's home in the annex of the First Wichita Building, fondly known locally as the Big Blue, was heard far and wide on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The news was #1 trending on Facebook and trending on Twitter Friday afternoon. 


Citizens, community leaders and all the local news media came to the Big Blue to hear the news and the list of the 2016 PWHF Inductees. The list which includes a Texan will be inducted on May 21st, at the 15th Annual Induction Banquet to be held at the MPEC. 


Wichita Falls, TX has been the site of many title changes throughout the history of professional wrestling. During the early days of the sport through the 1980s, any wrestler with a name in the sport wrestled in Wichita Falls, TX. 

We are proud to bring the PWHF to Wichita Falls and become the anchor tourism destination for the area. 


Johnny Mantell, at the podium, makes the announcement of the 2016 Inductees with wrestlers from past, present and future looking on. 

Tony Vellano, current PWHF President, makes the announcement in the lobby of Big Blue with Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce President (on left of stage) and Johnny Mantell (on right of stage).

A look from the 2nd floor of the lobby at the VIPs, attendees and community who showed up for the "Big Announcement"

Thank you to 3B Photography and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce for taking photos from the announcement and allowing the use of them for the website. 

Thank you to Shannon, a local artist, for taking a vision a creating the portrait. This is just a rough draft of what we hope will be a wonderful addition to the PWHF's in Wichita Falls, TX. 

We are looking for other unique and artist individuals to lend your creative flare to the Hall! We are open to talk with anyone about their art and passion for Professional Wrestling and the history of our great sport!! 

Send us a message via our Contact page or email [email protected] 


To the left is the original painted for the "Big Announcement"

Below is the final painting that now hangs just above the original Sportatorium sign in the Museum. 

We can't thanks Shannon enough for this amazing gift to the PWHF. 

The Final Painting by Shannon Reese-Gaumont

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)