About IPWHF

The International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit entity formed to preserve and honor the history of professional wrestling from around the world. Special attention will be given to ensure the contributions to professional wrestling by individuals from various backgrounds and diverse cultures will be highlighted in the establishment.

On December 10, 2019, the New York State Board of Regents approved the provisional charter for the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Included in the charter for the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is the mission statement which reads:

“The International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is a not for profit entity formed to preserve and honor the history of professional wrestling from around the world. …Special attention will be given to ensure the contributions to professional wrestling by individuals from various backgrounds and diverse cultures will be highlighted in the establishment.”

“This is an incredible day! The Empire State is going to be home for the IPWHF. The board of directors need to be commended for their work in accomplishing this milestone,” said Tony Vellano. Tony had first instituted a hall of fame designated for professional wrestling in upstate New York in 1999. Eventually that institution was moved to Texas after operating in New York for 16 years.

“I knew we needed to bring the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame to the Northeast,” said Seth Turner, President of the IPWHF. “In July 2019, I met with Tony Vellano to learn about his experience and it inspired me to engage in trying to open a hall of fame. We have a great deal of work to do, but we also have a committed group of professionals who have the ability to make the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame a first-class institution.”

With the goal of having a first-class institution in mind, the Board of Trustees of the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is now proceeding by building their website and social media platforms, planning fundraising, and negotiating with local governments who have expressed interest in hosting the establishment. The plan is to have a building secured, renovated, and ready to open in the next twelve months.

Stay tuned for updates regarding the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

IPWHF Board of Directors

J.J. Dillon

Member, Board of Directors

Davey O'Hannon

Member, Board of Directors

Seth Turner

President

Tony Vellano

Vice President, Community & Talent Relations

Michael Lanuto

Vice President, Operations

Andrew Groff

Treasurer

Joe Defino

Secretary

Anthony Rotolo

Chief Brand Officer

Michael Viscosi, Esq.

Attorney

International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

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