PWHF induction comes early for Killer Tim Brooks – Canoe

PWHF induction comes early for Killer Tim Brooks

GREG OLIVER – Producer, SLAM! Wrestling

Killer Tim Brooks at a ceremony to induction him into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. Facebook photos

This was supposed to be induction weekend for the Class of 2020 into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Wichita Falls, Texas. The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the induction ceremony, for all but one inductee. Facing down his final opponent, cancer, Killer Tim Brooks got his ring on Saturday afternoon in a surprise ceremony.

His daughter, Tonya DuRoche, arranged to go out for lunch ahead of her birthday this coming weekend, along with his granddaughter, Ella.

Instead, he was feted by friends and colleagues.

“What a SURPRISE it was to see his face when those church banquet hall doors opened… he thought we got a special room at the church for lunch,” wrote DuRoche on Facebook.

A wrestling event where the cake wasn’t part of an angle … just a swerve.

The actual event was in a church basement near his Texas home, with food cooked by volunteers.

The board of the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, especially organizers Cowboy Johnny Mantell and K Downs, fast-tracked the induction, unsure how long Brooks had left.

“He’s very sick from cancer and he’s on hospice now. He’s been hanging on for this award and he didn’t think it was going to happen. He didn’t think he was going to live to see it because he didn’t know when the ceremony would be able to happen,” wrote DuRoche.

James Beard, Tim Brooks and Tim Storm.

Referee James Beard was there. “Thanks to John Mantell for making this happen. We all know what Killer has been dealing with. He has said he was going be around when the PWHF inductions were made, but with the Covid situation, the Hall had to postpone,” wrote Beard on Facebook. “So, Johnny said, ‘Killer did his part… So, we should do ours by honoring him on time.'”

Others in attendance on May 17, 2020, included former NWA World champion Tim Storn and Bullman Downs.

“Killer was already a Hall of Famer as far as I am concerned, but now, thanks to his inner strength and determination, he was able to be there to see it made official,” wrote Beard.

Brooks’ ring.

The rest of the Class of 2020 will be inducted at a future date. They are:

Pioneer Era Division (1865-1942)

George Zaharias

Bobby Managoff

Television Era

King Curtis Iaukea

Killer Karl Kox

Modern Era Division

Magnum TA

Jake “the Snake” Roberts

Territory / Colleague Division

Killer Tim Brooks

International Division

The Great Kabuki

Executive Division

Dory Funk, Sr.

Ladies Division

Luna Vachon

Debbie Combs

Tag Team Division

The Sheepherders / The Bushwackers (Butch Miller & Luke Williams)


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  • Previous SLAM! Wrestling Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame coverage
  • Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame website

    Greg Oliver is the Producer of SLAM! Wrestling. He can be emailed at, and you can follow him on Twitter @gregmep.

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