It's been a year since the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame opened its doors in Wichita Falls to wrestling fans all over Texoma and the world.
All the photos, title belts and match-worn memorabilia donated by past wrestlers will immerse you into nostalgia. And soon, even you will be able to step into the ring and train on the third floor.
The dark, unfinished room is what's known as the 'third floor dungeon,' a place to train amateur and aspiring pro wrestlers.
"In the wrestling world, the word 'dungeon' everyone ties that in to Stu Hart and the dungeon in Calgary, Canada," PWHF president, 'Cowboy' Johnny Mantell said. "So many great wrestlers went through and got trained. Fritz Von Erich, Buddy Roberts of The Freebirds and The Hollywood Blondes. All of the Hart boys, Brian Pillman, the British Bulldog."
"We reached out to the Hart family and asked if they'd care if we named this the Third Floor Dungeon after their fathers dungeon and they were all into it."
The 'third floor dungeon' won't be lit up like the museum downstairs. It will be a place devoted to work.
"We can create wrestling champions right here in this town whether it be amateur or pro," Mantell said.
Pro wrestler Dusty Gold jumped on the opportunity to become a trainer at the dungeon.
"I rerooted from Malibu to Arkansas, and now from Arkansas to here,"
"We want to do amateur and pro, anything and everything," Gold said. "A lot of the guys if they need help outside of the ring with the weights I'll help them there and then also help get in the ring."
"I love helping the kids and I want them to have something to look up to, to be able to say 'he did so I can do it too'."
Maybe one day the young wrestlers will have their place in the first floor museum.
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