Monday, August 3, 2015

RICK 'THE MODEL" MARTEL TO VISIT PWHF AUGUST 22ND 2015

Fans ....on August 22nd, 2015 between the hours of 1pm and 3pm...Rick "The Model" Martel will be visiting the PWHF for an autograph session....Rick does not do many autograph sessions and we are lucky to have him visit...cost of an autograph will be 20.00 per autograph and a picture with Rick will be 10.00 each...a special poster of Rick Martel will be available for purchase as well....hope to see you there...

Friday, July 10, 2015

TATANKA TO VISIT PWHF JULY 25TH FROM NOON UNTIL 2PM...MR ANDERSON HAD TO CANCEL

Fans...we were just contacted by Scott Wilder of SWP that Mr Anderson had to cancel and will not be coming to the PWHF on July 25th...Mr Wilder then told us that Tatanka will be coming instead...Tatanka will be signing autographs from noon until 2pm at the PWHF in Amsterdam, NY...SWP is a new and upcoming promotion and has been willing to help the PWHF....he will generously donate half of the signing proceeds to the PWHF....here at the PWHF we thank SWP and wish Scott well with all of his future endeavors....the PWHF hope to see you there on the 25th...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MR. ANDERSON aka MR. KENNEDY TO VISIT THE PWHF JULY 25TH 2015

Fans...Mr. Anderson aka Mr. Kennedy will be visiting the PWHF on Saturday July 25th 2015....Mr. Anderson/Kennedy will be signing autographs from 11am until 1pm....cost of an autograph 20.00 each....a picture with Mr. Anderson/Kennedy will be 10.00 each...a PWHF poster of Mr. Anderson/Kennedy will be available as well...this is a Scott Wilder Promotion with half the proceeds going to the PWHF....hope to see you there....

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PWHF TEAMS UP WITH BAGGINS SHOES TO OFFER PWHF XIV SNEAKERS

fans....the PWHF is teaming up with Baggins shoes to offer you PWHF XIV sneakers....images of the Inductees are on the sneaker....these converse sneakers also offer the list of Inductees on the tongue of the sneaker....for a couple of dollars more you can add your own image on the sneaker...how fun is that to be included with the images of these wrestling greats....so go to www.pwhf.org/shoes/shoes.asp and order your pair right now!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KOKO B WARE TO BE AT THE PWHF SATURDAY MAY 30TH ...11AM-1PM

Fans Scott Wilder Promotions will be sponsoring an autograph session at the PWHF with the legendary Koko B Ware...Koko will be signing autographs from 11am until 1pm on Saturday May 30th....cost of an autograph $20.00 each ...picture with Koko $10.00 each...half of the proceeds to benefit the PWHF...so come on down and meet one of the legends of wrestling...a PWHF poster of Koko will be available....

Friday, April 3, 2015

MICK FOLEY TO VISIT HALL APRIL 11 FROM 11AM -1PM

Mick Foley will be signing autographs from 11am until 1pm on Saturday April 11th at the PWHF, 30 East main Street in Amsterdam, NY...cost of autograph will be 20.00 each.....a picture with Mick will be 10.00 each....a PWHF poster of Mick Foley will be available for 20.00 each....so come on down and visit Mick and Support the PWHF...hope to see you there!!!!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

PWHF XIV 2015 INDUCTION CLASS

The Class of 2015 for the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame has been announced, and there's a decidedly Canadian flavour. Quebecers Rick Martel and Vivian Vachon are two inductees, plus Canadian icon Whipper Billy Watson is going in. Add to that Buddy Roberts of Vancouver, as a part of the Fabulous Freebirds in the tag team division, and maple syrup should be on the menu at the induction banquet.
But there are plenty more flavours as well. Pedro Morales, former WWWF World champion, is originally from Culebra, a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. As a teen, he moved to New York City and became a storied pro wrestler in 1958, especially with his runs in California and in the WWWF, where he reigned as champion from 1971 to 1973. He is entering the PWHF in the Television Era, which spans from 1943 to 1984. Also going in the Television Era division is Whipper Billy Watson, who is easily the best-known Canadian professional wrestler of all-time. Like Gorgeous George in the United States, Watson was credited with selling many television sets as the technology was in its infancy. Besides his runs on top of the world as NWA champion, Watson was involved in the promotions in Toronto and St. Louis, and is famed for his charitable works. He died in 1990. The late Jumbo Tsuruta, who died in 2000, was one of the greatest wrestlers ever from Japan, and enters in the International division. After competing for his country at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich in Greco-Roman wrestling, he became a pro wrestler. To fans in North America, Tsuruta is best known from his 1984 AWA World title reign. In 1989, Tsuruta became the first Triple Crown Heavyweight champion (unifying the Pacific Wrestling Federation, All Japan United National and All Japan International titles).

In the Pioneer Era, The Great Gama is recognized as the greatest wrestler ever from India in a career that lasted 50 years. Joe Malcewicz began his career in the 1920s, and became known as the "Utica Panther" for his roots in upstate New York; he later became well known as the promoter in San Francisco. The Modern Era (1985 - present) inductees, Curt Hennig and Rick Martel, both found success in the midwest's AWA and in the nationally-run WWF. Martel followed his brother, Michel, into pro wrestling as a teen and was a quick study, his athleticism and his good looks propelling him to the top of the card wherever he worked -- Portland, Hawaii, WWWF, Montreal, the AWA, Japan. He was AWA World champion from 1984 to 1985. An injury while working in WCW in 1998 ended Martel's career. Curt Hennig is the son of Larry "The Axe" Hennig and the father of WWE star Curtis Axel and retired female wrestler Amy Hennig. But to most fans, he was "Mr. Perfect." Immensely talented at whatever he tried, the gimmick in the WWF was one that perfectedly suited the Minnesota native. He was AWA World champion from 1987 to 1988. Hennig died in 2003. Like Hennig, for Vivian Vachon in the Ladies division, it's all about family. Her big brothers, Mad Dog Vachon and Paul "The Butcher" Vachon are both already in the PWHF, and her niece, Luna Vachon, might follow one day. Vivian, who was also known as Diane, died in a car accident in 1991 alongside her daughter, Julie, when their vehicle was hit by a drunk driver. The Tag Team division had better prepare for a shaking up with the induction of the riotous Fabulous Freebirds. Originally a pairing of long-time friends Michael "P.S." Hayes (Michael Seitz) and Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy in Georgia, the team took off in the early 1980s as a trio when veteran Canadian grappler Dale Hey joined up as Buddy "Jack" Roberts. The Freebirds were rock stars in pro wrestling, life-loving party guys who could perform in the ring, and headlined in Texas and Mid-South especially. Gordy died in 2001 and Roberts in 2012. For non-wrestlers, there is a Colleague category at the PWHF, and this year's honouree is Jim Crockett Sr., who was the long-time promoter in Charlotte, North Carolina. Crockett's promotion started in the 1930s, and his reach extended into minor league baseball and hockey in the area as well. His sons Jim Jr., David and Jackie, all worked in the wrestling business in various times as well. Crocket passed away in 1973. This is the 14th induction class for the PWHF. The ballots are sent to a select group of Professional Wrestling Hall of Famers and their peers, along with a select few historians (this writer included). "Cowboy" Johnny Mantell was the head of the selection committee this year. Induction weekend is May 15-16, 2015, in Amsterdam, NY. A meet and greet and a banquet will both take place on the Saturday, and tickets will be on sale in the new year. Dave Burzynski, who was manager Supermouth Dave Drason in the Detroit territory, will host the banquet. There is usually a wrestling show on the Friday night as well. Here is the full induction list:
  • Pioneer Era (1800-1946) - Joe Malcewicz and Great Gama (Ghulam Muhammad)
  • Television Era (1943-1984) - Pedro Morales and Whipper Billy Watson
  • Modern Era (1985 - present) - Curt Hennig and Rick Martel
  • Ladies - Vivian Vachon
  • Tag Team - The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts and Terry Gordy)
  • Colleague - Jim Crockett Sr.
  • International - Tomomi "Jumbo" Tsuruta
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