Paul Orndorff

Professional Wrestler
Born Oct 29, 1949

Paul Parlette Orndorff, Jr. is a retired American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling as "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. After retiring, Orndorff worked as a wrestling trainer.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Orndorff.


1949 Birth Born on October 29, 1949.


1975 - 1976 2 More Events
1977 27 Years Old Orndorff won his first wrestling title when he pinned Lawler for the Mid-Southern Heavyweight Title on June 7, 1977. … Read More
1978 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 1978, Paul Orndorff teamed with Jimmy Snuka to capture the NWA World Tag Team titles from Baron von Raschke and Greg Valentine.
In 1979, Orndorff traveled to the Alabama territory's "Southeast Championship Wrestling."


1980 30 Years Old During 1980, Orndorff started to split his time between the Alabama and the Mid-South territories, until he left the Alabama territory by the end of 1980 to focus entirely on the Mid-South territory. … Read More
1981 31 Years Old 1 More Event
While he lost the support of the fans, he won the North American title on July 4, 1981. … Read More
Orndorff reappeared in Georgia Championship Wrestling in early 1982 immediately launching into a feud with Buzz Sawyer over the NWA National Heavyweight Championship.
1983 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1983 he made his debut for the WWF, portraying a narcissistic bad guy and was part of the main event of the first ever WrestleMania show. … Read More
Starting in January 1984, Orndorff took on "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as his manager. … Read More
1986 36 Years Old …  In February 1986, Bobby Heenan used a match between Hulk Hogan and Don Muraco as an opportunity to have King Kong Bundy attack Hogan, setting up their WrestleMania 2 match. … Read More
1987 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Orndorff returned to the ring on June 2, 1987 in Buffalo, New York during a WWF Superstars taping. … Read More
1988 38 Years Old 1 More Event
His final match came on a house show on January 4, 1988 against Rick Rude in Augusta, Georgia.


1990 - 1991 5 More Events
When Orndorff left the AWF in February 1992, he vacated the title. During this time Orndorff also competed in the National Wrestling League, holding its tag team titles alongside Brian Blair sometime in 1993. In 1992, Smoky Mountain Wrestling opened its doors for the first time as they announced a tournament to crown the first SMW Heavyweight Champion. … Read More
In January 1993 he took on Cactus Jack, with the winner being manager Harley Race's chosen replacement for an injured Rick Rude at the Clash of the Champions. … Read More
During a February 5, 1995 taping of WCW Worldwide, Orndorff crossed paths with Hogan for the first time since 1987. … Read More


2000 50 Years Old At Fall Brawl 2000, in a match between The Filthy Animals and The Natural Born Thrillers, Orndorff suffered a neck injury after delivering a piledriver. … Read More
2005 55 Years Old On February 3, 2005, Orndorff was announced as one of the inductees for the Class of 2005 into the WWE Hall of Fame. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old In 2009, Orndorff was elected by a committee of his peers to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, then located in Amsterdam NY, now located in Wichita Falls, Texas. … Read More


2011 61 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 5, 2011, Paul Orndorff appeared on the Busted Open radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio and revealed that he had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
2014 64 Years Old On August 11, 2014, Orndorff made an appearance at Hulk Hogan's birthday celebration on WWE Raw, celebrating in the ring with many other WWE legends, including Hogan himself, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Gene Okerlund, Jimmy Hart, and Roddy Piper. … Read More
2016 66 Years Old In July 2016, Orndorff was named part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred "long term neurological injuries" and that the company "routinely failed to care" for them and "fraudulently misrepresented and concealed" the nature and extent of those injuries. … Read More
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