Panelists to Share Memories of WCC Wrestling

hist_ringsideUTA Libraries and the Department of History will host a panel discussion about World Class Championship Wrestling at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Central Library parlor.

The discussion, held in conjunction with UTA Libraries Special Collections exhibit “Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling,” will feature exhibit photographer Cirrus Bonneau, curator Assistant Professor Oliver Lee Bateman (History), Associate Professor Allan Saxe (Political Science) and former WCCW wrestlers “Cowboy” Johnny Mantell and “Iceman” King Parsons.

The panelists will discuss Bonneau’s evocative black-and-white photographs taken in 1982 and 1983 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, the significance of WCCW to the Metroplex, and the changing relationship between professional wrestling and its fan base.

Mantell and Parsons, who were two of the top stars in the sport, will share their memories of wrestling in front of capacity crowds in Fort Worth and Dallas.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit “Ringside,” visit

(SOURCE: UTA Libraries)

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