Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

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

MUSEUM HOURS

Monday - CLOSED

Tuesday - CLOSED 

Wednesday - CLOSED

Thursday - CLOSED

Friday - CLOSED

Saturday - CLOSED

Sunday - CLOSED




ADMISSION

Admission Fees = Requesting Donations at this time.

Tours have been put on hold for until further notice due to recent issues within the Building.  We GREATLY Apologize for any inconvenience this causes. READ below Statement about changes being made!

Due to circumstances and conditions beyond our control, the 20th Annual Induction has been placed on hold for the time being. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

LOCATION

First Wichita Building

(locally called Big Blue)

712 8th St., Suite 100

Wichita Falls, TX 76301

940.264.8123

info@pwhf.org

johnnymantell@pwhf.org



Joint Announcement from Big Blue Properties & The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum


Since moving to the most iconic building in downtown Wichita Falls, TX and opening in 2016, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum and Big Blue Properties have worked hard together to bring interest, business, residents, and tourism back to downtown. With recent developments within Big Blue, the continued growth of the Museum with items continually received, the PWHF and Big Blue Properties are excited to announce the PWHF Museum will be expanding space which is greatly needed by relocating to the main tower. With the help of Will Kealty and Chelsey Pirkle of Big Blue Properties, the PWHF and Museum will be moving into the 3rd floor of the Big Blue tower.  This will allow the Museum space to expand and redesign the displays with the thousands of items we do not have space to display now. The 3rd floor of Big Blue will need a little sprucing up which Big Blue is working on for the PWHF but it is the perfect space within the iconic Big Blue Tower of Wichita Falls, TX. This move will allow a more cohesive environment for the Museum, board, signings, and other activities for years to come.


The PWHF Board wants to thank Big Blue Properties for their continued partnership and support which started with a handshake in 2015. We look forward to seeing great growth in both our Museum and the iconic Big Blue Tower. We will share the changes that will soon be taking place throughout our social media for the PWHF, so follow along on this wonderful journey of creating a bigger, better PWHF & Museum.


So, we won’t be completely closed down for a month or two, Big Blue has offered space on the 2nd floor overlooking the lobby in Big Blue. A temporary museum set-up, where some of our most interesting and asked about pieces will be on display. Once our 3rd floor spaces are ready for creation, we will move to the 3rd floor with amazing possibilities at every turn.


Big Blue is an amazing building, iconic in everyway and the PWHF cannot think of a better home for the Museum or partnership with a better company than Big Blue Properties. This weekend the PWHF Ring Crew Volunteers will start the tedious task of moving, packing and storing the items for this amazing move!! 


Be assured that all items will be handled with great care as it was when it moved to Texas. Please follow the website (pwhf.org) and our social media for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact PWHF President, Johnny Mantell at johnnymantell@pwhf.org. (if you are have sent an email, bare with us, we are trying to help catch up on emails after Mr. Mantell was sick since September, or send again & we will address the question, issue or concern.)  Click HERE for a Printable Press Release

PAST PWHF EVENTS..... 

Mark your calendars for the 20th Annual Induction

The 19th Annual Induction was postponed to COVID-19. Thankfully, a few restrictions were lifted which allowed the board, family and friends to honor Killer Tim Brooks and present him with his Induction before he passed since he made it to Induction day! 

But we have had to reschedule several postponement dates already, so the Board has decided to make the 20th Annual Induction the biggest and baddest possible. The 2021 Inductees won't be announced until the end of November but we can look forward to May 2021 for the 20th Annual PWHF Induction.


If you have purchased your tickets for the 2020 event, you are covered for the 2021 Inductions. Watch for all the details after the Inductees are announced.

Sadly our 19th Annual Induction was Postponed to May 2021.... We are so proud of our 2020 Inductees & can't wait to honor them all in 2021!

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees..... 

CONGRATULATIONS to the 19th Annual PWHF Inductees

2020 ushers in our 19th Class of Hall of Fame Inductees..... May 14, 15 & 16, 2020!

Pioneer Era Division (1865-1942)

George Zaharias - (2/27/1908 - 5/22/1984) 
Known as the "The Greek Hyena" during the 1930s. Zaharias retired in 1938 after his marriage to Babe Didrikson to manager her career. 

Pioneer Era

Bobby Managoff - (1/41918 - 4/3/2002) Debuted in 1936, retired in 1966. Managoff wrestled in the NWA in 1940s. He held two TX Titles for Southwest Sports. 

Television Era Division (1943-1984)

King Curtis Iaukea - (9/15/1937-12/4/2010) 

Iaukea won championships in several of the major regional U.S. promotions, both as a single and in various tag team combinations, during the 1960s. He then competed in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) where he won the WWF Tag Team Championship with Baron Scicluna. He was also later The Master of the Dungeon of Doom in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Under the name "Iau Kea" he appeared in the film The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze with Moe Howard declaring "That's not a man! That's a committee!".

Killer Karl Kox - (4/26/1031-11/10/2011)  who competed in the National Wrestling Alliance as well as international promotions such as All Japan Pro Wrestling, the International Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling during the 1960s and 1970s. Rumors were that in 1957, Kox earned the name, Killer, when he performed his famous finishing move, the brainbuster, on his opponent by holding him upside down for a period of time and allowing the blood to rush to the brain.

Modern Era Division (1985 to Present)

Magnum TA Magnum T.A. won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship twice and was being groomed for a potential run with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship but a car accident in 1986 forced him into retirement. After retiring, Magnum T.A. continued to appear in non-wrestling roles for multiple promotions.

Jake "the Snake" Roberts - He is best known for his two stints in the World Wrestling Federation (later called WWE); the first between 1986 and 1992, and the second between 1995 and 1997. He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance in 1983, World Championship Wrestling in 1992, and the Mexico-based Asistencia Asesoría y Administración between 1993 and 1994 and again in 1997. He appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling during the summer of 1997 and made appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2006 through 2008.

Throughout his career, Roberts was known for his intense and cerebral promos, dark charisma, extensive use of psychology in his matches, and innovative use of the DDT finishing move (which was later named the "coolest" maneuver of all time by WWE).[3] He often brought snakes into the ring, most famously a python. He was one of the subjects of the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat. In 2012, he moved in with fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to seek help in getting his life back on track following years of alcohol and drug addiction. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, 2014.

Territory / Colleague Division

Killer Tim Brooks - He worked as a mid-level heel often being managed by Skandor Akbar, Armand Hussein and Gary Hart. Long before the infamous 1988 angle in the WWF between Hulk Hogan, André the Giant and Ted DiBiase over the WWE Championship, Brooks had, in 1983, sold his NWA National Heavyweight Championship to Larry Zbyszko some time after winning it from Paul Orndorff. In this case, however, no interference from Zbyszko had happened during the match; and Zbyszko, despite being obviously stripped of a title he had not legitimately won, won it legitimately in the tournament that subsequently took place.

Brooks left Georgia and went to Southwest Championship Wrestling (SCW) in San Antonio, Texas. During his stint in SWC Brooks won the SCW Southwest Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.

Went to work in 1982 in Puerto Rico for the World Wrestling Council and feuded with Hercules Ayala in a variety of matches that included a cage match, a dog collar match and a barbed wire match. He returned in 1987 and had a feud with Miguel Perez that started when he squashed a plate of rice and beans in Perez's face after a Perez match with Chicky Starr. He later teamed up with Eric Embry in a feud with the Youngbloods Brothers, Mark and Chris.

In 1986, Brooks made appearances in the Montreal territory (Lutte Internationale) under the moniker of “Buster Brody”, Bruiser Brody’s kayfabe brother. He was presented in a straight jacket and under the control of the Creatchmans, Eddie and son, Floyd.

In 1990 Brooks started the NAWA Pro Wrestling school. He ran shows weekly at the Stagecoach Ballroom in Ft. Worth, TX on Mondays and the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, TX on Tuesday nights. The Longhorn show led to TV tapings that aired on KXTX channel 39 in the DFW metroplex. The TV shows used many local talent including: Johnny Mantell, John Tatum, Scott Casey, and many of his students including Bullman Downs , Lady "K" (Tygress Lourdes), Kit Carson and Kenny the Stinger.

Brooks retired in 1997, and is the owner and head trainer of the North American Wrestling Allegiance Pro Wrestling School, a training facility for his promotion N.A.W.A Pro Wrestling which runs televised shows in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas area.


Sadly, Killer Tim Brooks lost his battle with Cancer on June 30th, 2020. Thankfully, Tim lived until May 16th and deserved to be celebrated and honored with his Induction to receive his hat and ring. With restrictions slightly lifted the week before, his church allowed us to host a small gathering of family and friends to honor Tim for his life-long commitment to this sport, business and family!


Photo Credit: PWHF; Tim Brooks holding up his PWHF Hall of Fame Ring during his Induction luncheon with President, Johnny Mantell

International Division

The Great Kabuki Japanese retired professional wrestler. He was famous for being the first to blow "Asian mist" in his opponents' faces.  

He started wrestling in 1964 at the age of 16 for the Japanese Wrestling Association. He left Japan to compete in the United States in the 1970s.[2] From there he wrestled all over the world, including All Japan Pro Wrestling, several territories of the National Wrestling Alliance including Jim Crockett Promotions, Mid-South Wrestling, Mid-Southern Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling under the name Akihisa Takachihō. He also used the name Yoshino Sato (with authorization from his mentor the original Yoshinosato, former sumotori Junzo Hasegawa, who lead JWA during its dying days), which was later shortened to Mr. Sato (not to be confused with Akio Sato, who later used the moniker in other U.S. territories).

Mera adopted the Great Kabuki persona in World Class in 1981. The character was created by Gary Hart,[3] based on an old gimmick used by Filipino wrestler Rey Urbano, a former partner of Hasegawa's in the U.S.[4] Kabuki kept his hair in a mop cut which kept his facial features mostly hidden; he also painted his face. The storyline went that his face was scarred in a bed of hot coals during his childhood.[2] He was managed by most of the top heel managers of the 1970s and early 1980s, and he most often was a heel. When he was a baby-face, he was very unpredictable and could turn at any time, making him somewhat of an anti-hero, or tweener. Kabuki had a pre-match ritual of showing his skills with the nunchaku that intimidated most opponents. in WCCW he joined H & H Limited while managed by Arman Hussein & Gary Hart and tagged with Magic Dragon while building on his singles work but was Injured and in 1983, he joined Skandor Akbar's Devastation Inc.

Executive Division

Dory Funk, Sr.He is the father of wrestlers Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk, and was a promoter of the Amarillo, Texas-based Western States Sports promotion. 

He was an Indiana high school state champion amateur wrestler for three years at Hammond High School in Hammond, Indiana, as well as an Indiana State University Amateur Athletic Union champion for one year.

Funk began his career as a professional wrestler after serving in the United States Navy during World War II, starting in the southwest United States. He wrestled primarily in the Texas territories and the Central States territories during his career. Mainly a junior heavyweight, he fought Iron Mike DiBiase, Mike Clancy, Danny Hodge and Verne Gagne. After Dory Jr. won the NWA Heavyweight championship in 1969 he was at ringside for many of his son's title defences.

After retirement he began promoting Western States Sports with Doc Sarpolis in Amarillo, Texas, where he led a thriving wrestling scene which produced many stars, including his sons Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk, as well as Stan Hansen, Harley Race, Gene Kiniski, Tully Blanchard, Ted DiBiase, Tito Santana, Bruiser Brody, Ricky Romero (father of the Youngblood brothers), Jumbo Tsuruta, and Genichiro Tenryu. Many of his wrestlers had played football at West Texas State University in nearby Canyon, Texas. Funk had a good business relationship with All Japan Pro Wrestling founder Shohei Baba, which led Funk's talent pool to useful international experience.

Funk was also heavily involved with the Cal Farley Boys Ranch in Amarillo.

Ladies Division

Luna Vachon - (1/12/1062-8/27/2010) daughter of Hall of Famer Butcher Vachon, niece of Mad Dog Vachon and Vivian Vachon. 

ver the course of her 22-year career, she wrestled for promotions such as the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), Extreme Championship Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association, and World Championship Wrestling. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2019. As a child, Gertrude Vachon wanted to continue her family's wrestling legacy. Attending wrestling events she used to play in the ring, which often resulted in training with various World Wide Wrestling Federation stars. Her family objected to her entering the wrestling business and tried to dissuade her, as they considered a wrestler's life at that time too harsh for a female. André the Giant, with whom she was close and who took her on a trip to Paris in 1974, also tried to dissuade her. Around the age sixteen, she began training under her aunt Vivian and then The Fabulous Moolah.

Debbie Combs Debbie Combs made her wrestling debut at Louisville Gardens for Angelo Poffo's International Championship Wrestling (ICW) at the age of 16 in a seven-women battle royal where she was the first eliminated.

Combs worked for the World Wrestling Federation from 1986–1987, where she challenged for the WWF Women's Championship against The Fabulous Moolah and Sherri Martel

She also worked in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and is a former NWA World Women's Champion. She originally won the title by winning a battle royal in Honolulu, Hawaii in spring 1986. At some point, she was no longer recognized as the champion and defeated Penny Mitchell to become the champion again in Kansas City, Missouri on April 10, 1987. The Kansas City promotion withdrew from NWA in 1987 and closed in 1988. The NWA vacated Combs' title and awarded Misty Blue Simmes the reinstated NWA United States Women's Championship (a replacement of the prior NWA World Women's Championship held by Combs). Combs challenged Simmes to a title match at a Delta Tiger Lilies card in 1989, but Simmes was unable to accept due to an arm injury she had sustained.

Her mother, Cora Combs, was also a professional wrestler.

Tag Team Division

The Sheepherders / The Bushwackers, Butch Miller & Luke Williams competed first as the New Zealand Kiwis and then as The Sheepherders during their 36-year career as a tag team. They wrestled in the World Wrestling Federation, Jim Crockett Promotions, and on the independent territorial wrestling circuits. The Bushwhackers consisted of Butch Miller and Luke Williams while the Sheepherders also included Jonathan Boyd and Rip Morgan as members at times. Williams and Miller were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015. 

Plan your trip to Wichita Falls, TX NOW for the 19th Annual PWHF Induction weekend. Where Wrestling History is Celebrated!!   
May 14 - 16, 2020

The PWHF is proud of the growing archives of programs, personal photos & albums, news clippings, promotional photos and other pieces of history and research that has been acquired and donated from around the World. 

Thousands of these items are being scanned in and now made available via our subscription page on Patreon.....  The digitizing of these items is very time consuming process. We will work on this weekly. Through this site you will be supporting the archives of the PWHF as well as helping cover the costs of the scanning and processing of the archives. 

Special THANKS to Teddy Gordienko for spending weeks at the PWHF scanning documents, paperwork, letters, and other info for our site! 

The PWHF Museum is operated daily by Board Members and Volunteers who are as passionate about Wrestling as our visitors and fans..... Stop by to see what the real history of wrestling is all about!

The PWHF was created and continues today to tell all the stories of wrestling past, preserve the history for future generations. We are not affiliated with just one wrestling promotion but promote and recognize them all. We support all wrestling. If you own a wrestling organization ENTER your shows, events, signings on the calendar. We have a lot of fans around the globe that access this to see where the best talent is performing! 

If you are a wrestling organization, please register and add your shows & events. Please make sure to make note if they are NOT family-friendly. 

Fans feel free to visit the Calendar to find Professional Wrestling in your area!!  


Come out to support your local Indy Wrestling organizations. There are great organizations around the World running weekly, monthly; just search for professional wrestling in your local area or check our Wrestling Event s Calendar.  

If you own, run a Indy Wrestling promotion and want the PWHF to come #sharetheloveofwrestling, give us a call or email info@pwhf.org! 

Just order through Smile.Amazon.Com and choose the Professiona Wrestling Hall of Fame as your charity of choice and shop away.... every purchase sends a percentage back to the PWHF! 
With the school & holiday shopping seasons upon us, what a great way to spend those online dollars!!
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The PWHF is a 501(c)3 non profit, first chartered in NY through the board of regents in December 1999. We accept monetary donations, as well as items for donation or loan for displays. If you'd like to support the PWHF in any way, please hit the donate button!

PWHF Services and Items Available......

Just one of our many educational tours given throughout the year

Guided Group Tours Available

Day Cares, Schools, Colleges, Group Homes, Church & Day Camps all welcome at the PWHF. We have guided tours available by knowledgeable volunteers, plus a children's play area and other interactive displays. Group Rates Available.

Just one of our baseball caps available in merchandise shop

PWHF Merchandise

PWHF Merchandise is available online & at the merchandise store inside the PWHF Museum. There is always a mix of items available, including past years Induction shirts & programs (while they last), past event signed posters, Caps, Shirts, Hoodies and more.

Board of directors & President Johnny Mantell are available for speeches and talks

Speakers Available

The PWHF Board President, our Head Volunteer or any of our Board of Directors are available for your speaking engagement. There are many topics that Professional Wrestling can reach, as well as helping you relive those memories from your youth. If you have a group or organization interested in a speaker from the PWHF, please send us an email or call the PWHF at 940-264-8123.

SHARE the New PWHF.org website with all of your friends, fans & even your foes......