Do the names The Great Gama, Mad Maxine, and Sky Low Low intrigue you? Whether you are familiar with the careers of these athletic people or not, Wichita Falls has something amazing for all ages and backgrounds: the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum! Located in a building known locally as “Big Blue,” the displays here are extensive, running from the floor to the ceiling, and include championship belts from the 1920s, items from the Civil War era, real used costumes, and more from the history of wrestling. Everything here is donated, often from the wrestlers themselves.
Founded in 1999 by Tony Vellano, it was first located in the state of New York. Texas is its home now and we’re happy to have it! The mission of this non-profit organization is to “preserve and promote the dignified history of professional wrestling and to enshrine and pay tribute to professional wrestlers who have advanced this national pastime in terms of athletics and entertainment.” Annually, inductees are added in categories such as Pioneer Era Division (1865-1942), International Division, and Tag Team Division. Meet and greet events are also held throughout the year for fans.
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Open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., tours are currently being offered by appointment only. There is no set admission but donations are gladly accepted. Military discounts are also offered. Find this niche museum of over 7,000 square feet filled with interesting memorabilia and artifacts from the long history of wrestling at 712 8th St., Suite 100. There is no doubt you’ll learn something new, and perhaps take a trip down memory lane as well! Even those who are not wrestling fans are reporting to have thoroughly enjoyed this site. Check it out soon.