WICHITA FALLS, TX (KSWO) -7News is kicking off a series of stories that will highlight some tourist attractions in this part of the country that you might not be aware of.
The best thing about this series is they're all a short drive away, so we're calling them 'One Tank Trips.' 7News anchor David Bradley takes us to Wichita Falls and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
It's in an unlikely spot…
"We'd like to welcome everybody to Wichita Falls, right downtown here in the big blue building to come check this museum and hall of fame out. We are the only brick and mortar hall of fame in the entire world for just professional wrestling," explained Johnny Mantell.
When you step inside, it's like you're climbing through the ropes. The museum is filled with memorabilia from wrestling's stars, including Johnny Mantell himself, who competed in the squared circle in the 70s and 80s, and is now the president of the museum's board of directors.
It's all here, with pictures of the all-time greats in action from the sport's early days to current stars, like Stone Cold Steve Austin. You can't have a wrestling museum in Texas without items from the state's royal family, the Von Erichs. There are also promotional posters for shows around the world and even exhibits recognizing the women of wrestling.
It is also the home of Wrestling's Hall of Fame, and the wall is filled with inductees including the most recent class, which was just installed at a special ceremony last weekend.
If you're a longtime resident of the area and you didn't realize this was in Wichita Falls, it's because it just relocated from New York earlier this year. So, now that you know, we'll leave it to Johnny Mantell to deliver a challenge to put it on your to-do list, wrestling-style.
"Downtown Wichita Falls, the big blue building, we're right here for all the wrestling fans in North Texas and southern Oklahoma to come see the hall of fame. You need to come see us real soon," Mantell challenged.
Friday, 7News will take you to another Wichita Falls attraction, the Museum of North Texas History.
To make it easier for you to take these One Tank Trips, we're giving away $50 gas cards starting June 1. You can register for the contest here.