Big Blue Wrestles In Hall of Fame

Big Blue Wrestles In Hall of Fame

The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is headed south, from Upstate New York to Wichita Falls. 

Soon, Texomans (and everyone else) will have the opportunity to see wrestling memorabilia dating all the way back to the civil war. 

New president of the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, "The Pride of Montague County" Cowboy Johnny Mantell, is excited to bring the Hall to a wrestling hotbed like Texoma. 

"It's a fan's dream building," Mantell said. "They'll see the history of this sport, and the fraternity of the guys that are in it. The city of Wichita Falls is going to experience that, and they're going to love it."

There was a definite buzz in the air at Big Blue Thursday afternoon, one the building hasn't experienced in a long time. City officials are hoping the new addition wrestles more foot traffic to downtown.

"It's going to bring thousands and thousands of visitors per year," Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO Henry Florsheim predicted. "That's what we need is more reasons for people to come down here. And now, we have this unique draw that nobody else has."

Officials say the museum will be open every day, and not only on weekends like when it was in New York. Visitors can remember the wrestlers they grew up with, literally in some cases for Knox City residents, who may have known Stan Hansen..

The museum also will host wrestling demonstrations throughout the year, as well as bring in wrestlers from all over the world for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in May. Stone Cold Steve Austin could make an appearance at the ceremony in Wichita Falls next spring.

But for the city of Wichita Falls, the possibility is this: as soon as January 2016, Big Blue could be bustling again.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6