UPDATE: Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

UPDATE: Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Three months ago it was announced that Wichita Falls was to be the new home of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Monday was expected to be the day the doors opened to the public. But, some set backs have pushed back those glass doors opening in Big Blue. We wanted to get an update from the pride of Montague County Cowboy Johnny Mantell, and we did. 
"It feels like there's not enough hours in the day right now to be honest with you," said Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Director Johnny Mantell. "It's exciting to get everything here but, it will be more exciting when we can actually start telling you this is when we are going to open and you can start coming to see us."
Cowboy Johnny Mantell is a little frustrated, but he says the pieces are all coming together for the opening of the Hall of Fame at 8th and Scott in downtown Wichita Falls. 
The hall has close to 60,000 pieces of memorabilia that are just waiting to be unboxed and put on display, and more is coming in. 
"We have stuff dated all the way back to the Civil War. I'm hoping to get some stuff in from Wrestlemania this year, so we can show people what's going on in Arlington at the end of the month," said Mantell.
There are going to be a lot of things to see when this space is finished and ready to go. Mantell is excited about what is to come, and feels the museum will be a place where someone can find the smile they had when they were a kid. 
"Get a smile on their face remembering their childhood and the world as it was when they saw this guy wrestle or saw this woman wrestle or went to this show," Mantell said. "They'll get to come here and see that smile."
The Hall is expected to see thousands of people each year visit. The staff is doing their best to get the doors open as fast as they can. 
"It's a work in progress. I'm not going to lie to anybody. We are going to work long hours here the next week or two to get this thing open," said Mantell.
Cowboy Johnny Mantell says Texoma has welcomed him and his family back. He has a ranch in Montague County.  He says Wichita Falls has been amazing as well.  The Hall which has moved from New York to Big Blue downtown, is now home where it should be. 
"It's come home to Wichita Falls. This is where it really needs to be, and I believe this can be a worldwide stop for people to come see this museum," said Mantell.
Cowboy Johnny Mantell told us that they are going to be working almost non-stop over the next two weeks to try and get the doors open.  Just from the things we saw in there,  it is going to be amazing. We will keep following this story and give you a heads up when a date is finalized to open those doors. 

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