Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - CLOSED
Thursday - 10am to 3pm
Friday - 10am to 3pm
Saturday - 10am to 5pm
Sunday - 1pm to 5pm
Volunteers may close hall early on Sundays if downtown is quiet.
NEW FALL HOURS
First Wichita Building
(locally called Big Blue)
712 8th St., Suite 100
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
September is Hispanic Heritage Month!
Lucha Libre means "Free Fight". In the Spanish heritage, Lucha Libre is a style of wrestling characterized by colorful masks and high flying, speedy maneuvers utilizing the ring ropes and theatrics.
In Mexico, Luchadores are huge celebrities in the ring but they also star in movies, comic books and television soap operas.
During the month of September, the PWHF has highlighted Lucha Libre with a display in our International area with items on loan from Dallas area collector and historian Roberto M. such as El Santo and Blue Demon Jr masks as well as items from the museum such as Rey Mysterio Jr.'s mask, Fishman's mask, lucha libre magazines, comic books and others.
The After Hours Art Walk is a monthly celebration of art in Downtown Wichita Falls. Explore art studios, galleries, restaurants, shops and meet local artists. Each event will begin at 6 p.m. the Wichita Falls Farmers Market with a spotlight performance.
The After Hours Art Walk will be held on the first Thursday of the month through October. Participating locations will be open from 6-9 p.m.
In addition, you can experience live music, refreshments and explore the creative side of Downtown Wichita Falls. Dont forget to jump on the Trolly.
If you are interested in nominating any man or woman involved in Professional Wrestling for the 2019 PWHF Ballot, email your written nomination to the Selection Committee. The Committee is working on their recommendations now and will meet at the end of this month to finalize the ballot for mail out. If you have any questions regarding this process feel free to contact the PWHF directly by calling 940-264-8123 or email Johnny Mantell at email@example.com
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!
Wichita Falls, TX (November
30, 2017) –
Announcing the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame’s 2018 Induction Class
It’s been an awesome year around Wichita Falls, TX with the revitalization of downtown, many new businesses have opened around the PWHF Museum, the community has become more involved with added events in the downtown area and the merchants are becoming excited about the tourists and locals that visit the museum in Big Blue! Even more exciting news are the two new categories added to the Hall of Fame, a Referee category and Executive Division which includes bookers, promoters, executives, and historians was added. With the PWHF being the only Hall of Fame where each inductee is voted in by a committee of their peers, this is an exciting time with addition of these categories to honor the men and women of the business of Professional Wrestling. The 2018 (17th Annual) Induction events are always the 3rd weekend of May, this year May 17, 18 & 19, 2018! Save the dates and be ready for one of the biggest weekends in wrestling history. Below, is the complete list of the 2018 Inductees; families and inductees who will be attending will be listed as they confirm so watch the website, www.pwhf.org.
Pioneer Division (1865-1946) – two men are selected each year for this category
Fred Beell, who was a German born, American wrestler who debuted in the late 1890s, retiring in 1919 to become a police officer.
Ralph “Ruffy” Silverstein, a champion wrestler both on the amateur mat and professionally. After retiring from the squared circle, he became a teacher and coach, where he passed away shortly before retirement 1977.
Television Division (1947-1984) - two men are selected each year for this category
Eddie Graham, started in 1947 at the age of 17 in Texas. He was also a promoter, booker and the NWA President 1976-1978. He remained involved in the business until his death in 1985.
Ernie “The Cat” Ladd, collegiate and professional football player who played for three pro-football teams, turned professional wrestler in 1961. He retired in 1986 due to knee problems.
Modern Day Era (1985-Present) - two men are selected each year for this category
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, recruited by Ohio State University to play football but choosing to play for Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas where he met Fritz Von Erich. He debuted in 1979 vs. Gino Hernandez in Dallas. Now known around the world as the man who carries a 2x4 to the chants of USA and the “Hoooo” battle cry. You can still find him on the circuit today.
Sting, regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, with a legacy career spanning 3 decades in which he held 15 world championships.
Territory, Colleague Division (originally the Colleague Division, adjusted to allow for inclusion of people within the wrestling business)
Hiro Matsuda, a Japanese/American wrestler who debuted in 1957. He’s also known as one of the best trainers of many of the great/legends we know today.
Pampero Firpo, who debuted in 1953 wrestling all over the world. An Argentine wrestler of Armenian descent who retired in 1986 to work for the United States Post Office.
Toni Rose, at the age of 7 she had decided she was going to be a professional wrestler. She went on to train with the Fabulous Moolah, debuting in 1965. During a match in Australia in 1969, she was injured and left partially blind in one eye. In the 70s, Rose held the NWA Women’s World Tag Team Championship twice with The Fabulous Moolah.
Referee Division (NEW)
Joe Higuchi, who started as a wrestler but quickly became a referee for the top companies in Japan. He quickly became known as one of the best refs in the business. He was also the exclusive caretaker to all the gaijin wrestlers who worked for All Japan Pro-Wrestling.
Tag Team Division
Red Bastien & Billy Red Lyons, known as The Flying Redheads, they teamed throughout the late 60s and 70s. They held the NWA Texas Tag Team Championships. Years later Bastien would say they “were perfect for each other” as tag team partners.
Executive Division (NEW) (added to include Bookers, Promoters, Executives, Historians, Photographers, etc.)
Red Bastien, debuting in 1956, Red broke into the business in the Midwest carnivals, fighting local tough guys and learning wrestling the hard way. He was an important piece in every part of wrestling, becoming a very successful booker and promoter.
About the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum:
The PWHF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, founded in 1999 in upstate NY by Mr. Tony Vellano with its first Induction in 2002. The PWHF mission is to continue the preservation of the complete history of professional wrestling as we honor the men and women that put their lives on the line countless times for the entertainment of others. Through the organization’s efforts and resources, the PWHF supports and promotes the education of professional wrestling and the sport by being involved in community activities and working to build relationships around the globe to continue the education of the wrestlers, fans and visitors on the complete history of Professional Wrestling.
For information on the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (PWHF), to purchase tickets and/or media access regarding the 17th Annual Induction events, please contact the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum or PWHF Board of Directors President Cowboy Johnny Mantell. Sponsorship, trade show booths and program ads are available now. This is a great way to support the true legends, Hall of Famers and the history of this sport!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Susan Green, Mick Foley, George Napolitano and Tatsumi Fujinami
(Mr. Hennig returned to hotel after acceptance & missed the official photo!)
2017 Induction Belt donated by Texas Belts (Phillip Sullivan) that was auctioned off during the Banquet; a duplicate belt is on display at the PWHF. Thank you to Texas Belt's for their generous donations.
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!
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.
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.
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.