The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame’s new home in downtown Wichita Falls is coming along, and today the public got a glimpse inside the museum.
“How many items are out? Probably somewhere around a thousand,” said Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame president, ‘Cowboy’ Johnny Mantell.
And according to ‘Cowboy’ Johnny, that’s only 15 to 20-percent of the all memorabilia that will be displayed when the museum officially opens. Classic wrestling artifacts like rare photos, hall of fame inductee plaques, original wrestling gear and even title belts.
“We got a cape the other day from Skandor Akbar’s family here in Wichita Falls,” Mantell said. “There’s just some great pieces out. Some Danny Hodge pictures. You’ll see plaques with every outfit and it will say ‘donated by this person’, the last match they had or ‘after their last match’. And a lot of these things that are out you’ll see them here in May for our induction weekend. You can come in and get a sneak peek and get an idea of what’s coming.”
And ‘Cowboy’ Johnny can’t wait for the day the hall will be open for everyone.
“March 28th is going to be our opening here, when we’re going to open to the public,” Mantell said. “So that gives us a couple weeks so it’s going to be pretty serious for the next couple of weeks getting this back room ready, but stuff’s waiting to go on the walls and we’re anxious to put it up there. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of fun and we’re very anxious for everyone in this north Texas area to get a chance to come see the real history of professional wrestling.”
‘Cowboy’ Johnny can assure you that after you come once, you’ll want to keep coming back.
The 15th annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be May 20-21, and you can be apart of it!
For tickets, visit http://www.pwhf.org/.