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First Wichita Building
(locally called Big Blue)
712 8th St., Suite 100
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
2020 PWHF Induction
May 14, 15 & 16, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020 -
5pm Dinner with PWHF Legends at The Grand Buffet, on Kemp Blvd, Wichita Falls, TX - Tickets $20 each
(ticket price includes Grand buffet, stories from Wrestling Legends, stories from the Wrestling Highway and more)
8pm - Wrestling Movie Premier with one on one after movie - Ticket included with pkgs & Dinner
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
1pm - 4pm - Wrestling Round Tables - The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton) vs The Sheepherders Feuds as told by living legends themselves); World Class Memories (to date Johnny Mantell, Killer Tim brooks, Scott Casey, Black Bart confirmed to share; Stories from Wrestling Highways as told by returning Hall of Fame Inductees and Wrestling Legends (Abdullah the Butcher, Butcher Vachon, George Napolitano..... Sessions held at Host Hotel (limited to 80 tickets) $15 per session
6pm - WFWA presents Wrestling Under the Stars V - featuring wrestling matches from Indie Promotions from across the U.S.; Champ vs Champ match and a few surprises you don't want to miss) Tickets are $5 - $15 each
Saturday, May 16, 2020 -
9am - 10:30am VIP Meet & Greet (early entry into trade show) Tickets are $60 each (100 max tickets available);
11:30am - 4pm Trade show with tables from wrestlers, authors, t-shirts and collectibles; Authors round tables will be scheduled throughout the trade show where audiences will get special insight into the authors insights;
6pm - Doors and Cash Bar opens, 7pm 19th Annual Induction Banquet Dinner begins (each Inductee is honor and celebrated with a video, acceptance speech and presentation of Induction plaque. Tickets $75 each
Heavyweight Champion Package Price INCLUDES All Activities Listed above plus discounted Host Hotel price (your name will be added to host list one pkg purchased), 1st entry into all events with wrist band, and an Induction T-shirt!!! PACKAGE $189.99 (Or buy each tickets individually = $240
TV Champ Ticket Package $119.95. Package includes the Meet & Greet and the ticket to the 19th Annual Induction Banquet. (purchased separately $135)
Or if we need to invoice you to pay by check or wish to pay when arrive at event, email email@example.com so we can get all your information.
Ticket packages are selling fast. So be sure to Reserve yours TODAY!
Subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control due to the health of some of our Inductees!
Returning PWHF Inductees and Legends who have confirmed to date:
Cowboy Scott Casey
Butcher Vachon with family members to assist in accepting for Luna Vachon
Hands of Stone, Ronnie Garvin
Abdullah the Butcher
Beverly "the Hammer" Shade
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.
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). 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.
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.
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
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. 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, based on an old gimmick used by Filipino wrestler Rey Urbano, a former partner of Hasegawa's in the U.S. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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