PWHF issued the following press release on their 16th annual induction.
2017 PWHF INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
May 19th & May 20th the eyes of the Wrestling World will be on Wichita Falls once again!
Wichita Falls, TX, November 27, 2016 – 10 amazing individuals involved in the business of Professional Wrestling will be inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum (PWHF) the 3rd weekend of May 2017. The PWHF is the only brick and mortar Hall of Fame & Museum that preserves the history of all of wrestling, honoring every aspect of the business – the good, the bad and the ugly.
The only Hall of Fame where the Inductees are voted in by a committee of their peers. Voters include living past Hall of Fame Inductees plus 20 other historians and wrestling legends. We are proud to say that this is the first year many of the Hall of Fame inductees returned their ballots to vote, the most ballots ever returned to be counted.
There are 7 categories with 10 people inducted each year, the results for the 2017 PWHF Inductees are:
Pioneer Division (1865-1942)
Yvon Robert (10/8/1914-7/12/1971)
Dirty Dick Raines (2/17/1911-10/18/1979)
Television Era (1943-1984)
Luther Lindsay (12/30/1924-2/21/1972)
Sputnik Monroe (12/18/1928-11/3/2006)
Tag Team Division
Larry Hennig & Harley Race
Modern Era (1985-present)
Tatsumi Fujinami (Japan)
Colleague Division (managers, promoters, photographers, referees, valets)
George Napolitano (photographer)
Professional Wrestling has a rich history in Texoma, North Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Japan, Hawaii and around the World. Since moving to Texoma, increasing the awareness of the PWHF, we receive numerous notes from around the Globe from fans of wrestling. Here’s a tidbit from one of our many fans along the way…..
“As a child, I got into wrestling by watching WWF in the 80’s. It was the discovery of World Class that got me into the history of the sport. It was the wrestling magazines that got me involved in journalism as I wanted to write for those same magazines. All these years later and I still watch the current product, research and learn the history, and I’m still writing as well.”: ~ Michael McCurdy
Preserving the rich history of all Professional Wrestling, honoring & celebrating the Men & Women who put their lives on the line to entertain others is the reason the PWHF was organized.
The Induction Weekend of celebration activities will begin with a Comedy Show and Q&A on Thursday, May 18 th , Friday, May 19 th Wrestling Under the Stars with rising Indy stars and Saturday, May 20th including a tradeshow, Meet & Greet with past & current PWHF Inductees and legends ending with the Induction Banquet where Inductees will be presented with their PWHF custom ring, custom American Hat Co. hat with their name embossed in the band (just like the President-elect is being made) and their Hall of Fame plaque, like the one that will forever hang in the hall.
Follow who will be attending, ticket prices and added events on the PWHF website at www.pwhf.org.