Downtown Wichita Falls is filled with wrestling fans for Hall of Fame Induction weekend.
The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum board of directors president Johnny Mantell is hosting the Hall of Fame Induction celebration weekend for the fourth year in Wichita Falls. Mantell said a lot of work goes into putting this weekend together.
“It takes a year to get this done,” Mantell said. “It takes an army of volunteers and some great people around here locally that help. If I name a dozen of them, I would leave a dozen out. So, there are so many that help here locally.”
The highlight of the weekend comes Saturday night with the banquet and the entertainment of all of the Hall of Fame inductions. About 15 wrestlers are being inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend.
One of the wrestlers being inducted is “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin who is best known for his appearances with Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. He said it is an honor to be mentioned with all of the greats.
“After your whole life of 30 years of wrestling and being inducted in the Hall of Fame you can’t find a bigger honor than that,” Garvin said. “Just to be here and I’ve been looking around this museum, this Hall of Fame Museum, it’s incredible.”
Michelle Woodruff runs Double D’s Photography and is one of the only pro wrestling photographers who travels and she said it is a privilege to be able to shoot this event.
“To have them accept me as a part of the business, they don’t do that for everybody,” Woodruff said. “So, I feel extremely honored and humbled that they think enough of my work and of me as a person to make me apart of this and this will be my third year of doing this for them.”
With the weekend in full swing, wrestling fans are excited for what the rest of the week has to offer.
The weekend continues Saturday starting at 10 a.m. and going until 4 p.m. before the induction banquet that starts at 6:30 p.m.
For tickets to the meet and greet as well as the banquet, click here.