Paul Orndorff
Professional wrestler
Paul Orndorff
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.
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WWE News: Random And Fun Facts Throughout ‘WrestleMania’ History
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
WrestleMania 31 is tomorrow, and there are going to be a lot of superstars looking to up their numbers and possibly make a huge name for themselves. They want to go down in the record books and be someone who everyone always remembers. With that, let’s take a look at some random and fun facts that have come about through the history of WrestleMania. A lot of research has been done to figure out these WrestleManiafun facts, but WWE has been gracious enough to provide some of their own as well. Looking at the numbers, it may be hard to believe some of the things that have happened at the huge event over the past 31 years. Most WrestleMania Appearances — 22: This title belongs to The Undertaker, and that means he also owns the record for most matches with 22 as well. What some people don’t know is that while his undefeated streak is over, WrestleMania 31 will mark his 14th consecutive appearance, which adds on to the record he already owns. Bret “Hit Man” Hart had the old record f ...
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Info on WWE's Upcoming WCW Clash of the Champions DVD Set
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
The Real Story NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. Sting Clash of the Champions 27th March, 1988 NWA World Tag Team Championship Match Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Lex Luger & Barry Windham Clash of the Champions 27th March, 1988 Why Wait a Whole Year? NWA World Tag Team Championship Match Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Sting & Dusty Rhodes Clash of the Champions II 8th June, 1988 Russian Chain Match Ricky Morton vs. Ivan Koloff Clash of the Champions III 7th September, 1988 “I Quit” Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk Clash of the Champions IX 15th November, 1989 Mil Mascaras vs. Cactus Jack Manson Clash of the Champions X 6th February, 1990 NWA World Tag Team Championship Match Midnight Express vs. Rock & Roll Express Clash of the Champions XI 13th June, 1990 To Be The Man, You Gotta Beat The Man NWA United States Championship Match ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair v ...
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// The 411 Wrestling Top 5: Worst Stables & Supergroups -
Google News - over 5 years
Sting and the Steiners were one thing but having Junkyard Dog, Paul Orndorff and El Gigante didn't exactly sell them as something to win the young fans over. They even had cards printed up but aside from watching Sting's back at Great American Bash,
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On this date in WCW history: Lex Luger replaces Vader as the last 'Hulkamaniac' - Cageside Seats (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Luger was a late replacement for Vader, who was shit-canned following his locker room brawl against Paul Orndorff, and joined fellow "Hulkamaniacs" Sting and "Macho Man" Randy Savage for a four-on-four feud with the "Dungeon of Doom
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Top 10 Old School Pro Wrestling Physical Specimens - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Paul Orndorff may not have been a big time winner when it comes to titles but he made this top 10 list. He would later become Big Poppa Pump but by then he was totally jacked on steroids, however Scott Steiner was hugely muscular anyway
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WWE: Celebrities Who Should Be Inducted in the Hall of Fame - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Along with Hulk Hogan, Mr. T battled Rowdy Roddy Piper and Mr. Wonderful himself, Paul Orndorff. Needless to say, T and Hogan defeated Piper and Orndorff to cap off what what become the first edition of a sports entertainment spectacle
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// The 411 Wrestling Top 5: Top Stables & Supergroups -
Google News - over 5 years
... Andre the Giant, Paul Orndorff, Harley Race, Mr. Perfect, the Brainbusters and many more. For years the WWF world title picture was Hogan fighting off the Heenan Family, it worked, it drew money and it was what helped WWF become a powerhouse
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Wrestling: 50 Classic Superstars You Want To See Face CM Punk - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
If Barry Windham got screwed out of more success because of Ric Flair, then Paul Orndorff can say the same thing about Hulk Hogan. A great performer in the NWA before he moved north, Orndorff was a chiseled god in the ring and powerful as anyone
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On this date in WWE history: Records are set at 'The Big Event' in Toronto - Cageside Seats (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Untelevised (but later released on VHS), The Big Event featured a headlining bout between Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff, one that saw the Hulkster eat wood when Bobby Heenan whacked him with a bar stool to get Mr. 1-derful disqualified
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Orndorff Says He Beat Cancer, Sky Defends Young Bucks - Wrestlezone
Google News - over 5 years
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Paul Orndorff announced at the NWA Legends Fan Fest in Atlanta that he has won his battle with cancer. The report does note, however, that due to him having a hard time swallowing, Orndorff has
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Would JBL Return To RAW?, RAW News, Orndorff - Daily DDT
Google News - over 5 years
The July 11th RAW had 324000 homes or 10% and the July 18th RAW had 319000 homes or 9%. – Great news to report is that wrestling legend Paul Orndorff is cancer free after having a major scare earlier this year
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WWE SummerSlam Sold Out, Melina On Dancing With The Stars?, Orndorff Beats Cancer - Wrestle Heat
Google News - over 5 years
Wrestling legend Paul Orndorff is now free of cancer after having a scare earlier this year. Congratulations to him and his family! Fans that were disappointed to see Melina gone from WWE have started a petition, urging for ABC to cast her in the
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The Top 50 Best Heels in Professional Wrestling, 1981-2011 - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Paul Orndorff was the epitome of ego in the ring. He was cocky, brash and just knew that he was better than everyone else. His feud with the biggest pro wrestling icon in history only helped put him over more as a conniving heel who just wanted to win
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MIKE MOONEYHAM: Rowdy Roddy Piper: From Pit to Pinnacle - Charleston Post Courier
Google News - over 5 years
I managed (Paul) Orndorff for a couple weeks. They were waiting for the ear to heal.” Piper was one the first performers signed as part of McMahon's expansion. His impact was immediate. Piper helped kick off wrestling's “Rock 'N Wrestling Connection,”
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Back To The Past: $30000 Dollars Battle Royal en World Wrestling Federation ... - (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Bob Boyer, Mr. Fuji, Tiger Chung Lee, Ivan Putski, Tony Atlas, Paul Orndorff, Rocky Johnson (padre de The Rock), “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka y los WWF Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis y Dick Murdoch. Espero lo disfruten amigos, esta es la WWE de antes
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Paul Orndorff in a steel cage from the St. Louis Kiel Auditorium, Nov. 8, 1986) The new galleries are the latest addition to a website already boasting the largest collection of ring results ever compiled, hundreds of reviews and columns, podcasts,
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Mr. Wrestling 2 was No. 1 in hearts of fans - Charleston Post Courier
Google News - over 5 years
His wife, Olivia, a talented seamstress who designed exquisite costumes and ring robes for such wrestling stars as Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and Paul Orndorff, as well as for celebrities such as Dolly Parton, Porter Wagner and Liberace, passed away 10
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Orndorff
  • 2016
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The suit is litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against WWE.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Paul's parents are both of German descent. Orndorff currently resides in Fayetteville, Georgia. He married his high school girlfriend Ronda Maxwell Orndorff. The couple have two grown sons, Paul Orndorff III and Travis Orndorff, as well as eight grandchildren. Paul has a younger brother Ray, who competed on the independent circuit. Paul has a sister Patricia and a niece Brandy Orndorff.
  • 2011
    Age 61
    On August 10, 2011, Orndorff announced that he was now cancer free.
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    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On April 6, 2014, Orndorff made an appearance at WrestleMania XXX. This marks the first time being on WWE television since the 2005 Hall of Fame. He appeared with Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Pat Patterson who was part of the main event at the first WrestleMania and Gene Okerlund who was conducting an interview with Hogan when the rest appeared.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    On February 3, 2005, Orndorff was announced as one of the inductees for the Class of 2005 into the WWE Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details He was inducted on April 2 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles by Bobby Heenan.
  • 2000
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The referee, Charles Robinson stopped the match as a result. After Orndorff retired he began to run WCW Power Plant, where he trained several wrestlers including The Natural Born Thrillers. He had a brief onscreen role during this time in the Old Age Outlaws with Terry Funk, Arn Anderson, and Larry Zbyszko to feud with the last WCW version of the nWo.
  • 1995
    Age 45
    It was something he had worked through as best he could but by the end of 1995 he was forced to retire and started to work as a trainer and a road agent for WCW.
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    On the December 11, 1995 episode of Monday Nitro, Orndorff confronted Brian Pillman after Pillman made derogatory comments about Orndorff.
    More Details Hide Details After telling Flair and Anderson how much he respected them, Orndorff told Pillman that he could have been a Horseman and the only reason Pillman was a Horseman was because he turned it down. Anderson and Flair tried to calm Orndorff down but Orndorff lost his temper and attacked Pillman. Pillman, Flair, and Anderson attacked Orndorff and then Arn Anderson and Ric Flair delivered a spike piledriver to Orndorff on the arena floor during the attack. WCW later explained that Orndorff had been seriously hurt in the attack and that his career was over. In actuality, Orndorff was forced to retire due to his previous injuries in the WWF, with the entire right side of his body beginning to atrophy (eventually causing his arm and leg muscles to shrink).
    During a February 5, 1995 taping of WCW Worldwide, Orndorff crossed paths with Hogan for the first time since 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The duo of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage faced Pretty Wonderful in a televised match which the latter lost. This would be the only time that Orndorff and Hogan would be matched against each other during the latter's WCW run. At Clash of the Champions XXIX Stars and Stripes were granted a final shot at the tag team title, but the challengers also had to put up the Patriot's mask on the line. After a controversial double pin finish, Stars and Stripes were declared the winners and thus the champions, putting the end to Pretty Wonderful's second and final run with the gold. After Roma left WCW, Orndorff returned to singles competition with his most notable match at the time being an unsuccessful shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship when he faced champion the Great Muta at Slamboree. In May, Orndorff got a golden opportunity to regain the WCW Television title. He defeated Brian Pillman in a tournament to earn the shot at the champion. He lost to WCW newcomer The Renegade at Bash at the Beach. Orndorff was also unable to beat the rookie in subsequent matches and began to lose confidence in his abilities (storyline). After losing more and more matches, including a match on WCW Worldwide to Randy Savage, Orndorff lost all faith in his abilities; the outwardly arrogant Mr. Wonderful was riddled with self-doubt, until one night, after beating himself up backstage after yet another loss, he was visited by psychic Gary Spivey.
  • 1993
    Age 43
    After the 1993 WCW pay-per-view Battlebowl, Horsemen members Paul Roma and Arn Anderson faced the semi-regular team of Paul Orndorff and "Stunning" Steve Austin on WCW Saturday Night.
    More Details Hide Details During the match, Roma acted very indifferent to his tag team partner, sowing the seeds to his heel turn. Next, Roma teamed with Erik Watts to take on the team of Orndorff and Austin again. This time, Roma took it a step further and attacked Erik Watts before announcing that he was now teaming with Paul Orndorff. Under the tutelage of manager Masked Assassin, the team quickly began to work well together in a feud with Marcus Alexander Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio. In the following months, both Roma and Orndorff focused on their individual careers before reuniting around May. This time they wrestled without their manager and were officially known as "Pretty Wonderful". With both men rededicated to teaming, they soon challenged for the WCW World Tag Team Championship then held by Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan. One incident especially stands out that established Pretty Wonderful in the title chase. The champions had one last defense against former champions the Nasty Boys that also saw Kevin's injured brother Dave. The match degraded into a brawl that saw Pretty Wonderful make an appearance using Dave's crutch to attack the champions. Before the team left the ring, they also took a couple of shots at the Nasty Boys for good measure.
    After unsuccessfully challenging Ricky Steamboat throughout the fall and winter of 1993, Orndorff moved into the tag team division.
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    On August 18, 1993, Orndorff's luck ran out as Ricky Steamboat won the title at Clash of the Champions XXIV.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Race assisted Orndorff in the match and was quickly joined by Vader in his attack on Cactus Jack. After the match, Race declared that Paul Orndorff was his chosen man. Orndorff was pinned by Cactus Jack in a subsequent Thunderdome match; the two had an intense feud including a Falls Count Anywhere match at SuperBrawl III, which Cactus Jack won. After the feud with Cactus cooled off, "Mr. Wonderful" set his sights on the vacant WCW World Television Championship. Orndorff signed up for a 16-man tournament beating 2 Cold Scorpio, Cactus Jack, Johnny B. Badd, and then Erik Watts in the finals to win his first title in WCW. Orndorff, the TV champion, and Rick Rude, the U.S. Champion, began teaming on a regular basis, including a PPV victory over Dustin Rhodes and Kensuke Sasaki at Slamboree. During this time Orndorff also turned back the challenges of Ron Simmons and Marcus Alexander Bagwell, amongst others, holding on to his Television title by any means necessary. Orndorff defeated Bagwell controversially, using the second rope for leverage during the pinfall. The two would later go on to feud for the WCW World Tag Team Titles. Orndorff's World TV Title reign also included a disqualification loss to Johnny B Badd, after Maxx Payne violently interfered. This led to a brief six man tag team alliance between Orndorff, Payne, and Chris Benoit.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    Orndorff returned to WCW in late 1992.
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    Orndorff would also reignite his feud with Bob Orton, Jr. in the UWF, where he beat Orton for the UWF Southern States Championship on June 22, 1992 and held the title until he left the promotion, it was awarded back to Orton when Orndorff left the promotion.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Among the participants invited to compete were Buddy Landel, "Dirty White Boy" Tony Anthony, and Brian Lee. Orndorff was only listed as a "wild card" who had to win a match in order to enter the tournament. The "wild card" status was a blow to Orndoff's ego (storyline), causing him to attack several wrestlers including Hector Guerrero, whom he defeated in a "wild card" match to earn a spot in the tournament. Afterwards, Orndorff laid out Guerrero and several preliminary wrestlers with his piledriver finisher. Orndoff beat Tim Horner and Robert Gibson in the preliminary rounds to advance to the finals of the tournament. In the finals, Brian Lee won the title when Orndorff was disqualified. Siding with the "Dirty White Boy" Tony Anthony, Orndorff feuded with Hector Guerrero and Brian Lee. Lee brought in Ron Garvin to fight off Orndorff; the feud included a very publicized "piledriver" match which was won by Garvin. Orndorff was "fired" from the SMW after piledriving a referee in frustration.
  • 1991
    Age 41
    While working for the UWF, Orndorff would also compete in the American Wrestling Federation (not the same promotion as the AWF) and held the AWF Heavyweight title after beating Stan Lane on December 16, 1991.
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    On June 9, 1991, Orndorff competed on the UWF's only PPV Beach Brawl, defeating Colonel DeBeers in a Strap match.
    More Details Hide Details Orndorff left the UWF sometime in early 1993, vacating the Southern States title.
  • 1990
    Age 40
    By late 1990, Orndorff became one of the featured headliners for Herb Abrams' fledgling Universal Wrestling Federation.
    More Details Hide Details Televised on several cable outlets, the UWF saw many former WWF stars such as Don Muraco, Bob Orton, Jr., "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Lou Albano, and The Killer Bees (known as "Masked Confusion" in the UWF). Mr. Wonderful more or less immediately started feuding with "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, who attacked Orndorff to kick start the feud. Orndorff and Williams clashed several times in what was promoted as the "Signature Feud" of the UWF in its early days.
    At Clash of the Champions XI Orndorff defeated Anderson and at the 1990 Great American Bash, Orndorff teamed up with the Junkyard Dog and El Gigante to defeat Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, and Sid Vicious by disqualification.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the summer Orndorff would face Anderson and defeat the WCW TV Champion by pinfall in several non-title matchups. He also defeated "Mean" Mark Callous in multiple house show encounters. His final WCW match came on August 26 in Chicago when he teamed with The Junkyard Dog in a losing effort against the tag-team champions Doom. Orndorff departed from the promotion that fall.
    In 1990 Orndorff returned to the squared circle, wrestling a series of matches against Kerry Von Erich on the independent circuit.
    More Details Hide Details On the May 26 episode of World Championship Wrestling it was announced that Paul Orndorff would be facing Arn Anderson at Clash of the Champions XI. Orndorff made his in-ring debut on June 9 in Beckley, West Virginia, defeating "Nasty" Ned Brady on Main Event. Orndorff quickly became affiliated with a group called the "Dudes with Attitudes" consisting of himself, Sting, Lex Luger, Junkyard Dog, and The Steiner Brothers. The Dudes backed Sting in his fight with the Four Horsemen.
  • 1988
    Age 38
    Paul Orndorff retired in early 1988 due to his arm injury and focused on running his bowling alley in Fayetteville.
    More Details Hide Details During his time away from wrestling he was actually reported to have died; the story made several newspapers. The time off was because of the injury to his arm/neck that he suffered during the Hogan feud and left untreated for too long. With the time off, Orndorff recovered and started working out, reestablishing the physique that earned him the nickname "Mr. Wonderful" in the first place. The only difference was that his right arm was noticeably smaller and weakened due to a neck injury that caused nerve damage and eventually the atrophy of his right biceps.
    His final match came on a house show on January 4, 1988 against Rick Rude in Augusta, Georgia.
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  • 1987
    Age 37
    Orndorff's last "big" appearance was at the inaugural Survivor Series on November 26, 1987, where he teamed with Hulk Hogan, Bam Bam Bigelow, Ken Patera, and Don Muraco to take on André the Giant, the One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Rick Rude, and Butch Reed.
    More Details Hide Details Early in the match, Rude eliminated Orndorff with a roll-up.
    Orndorff returned to the ring on June 2, 1987 in Buffalo, New York during a WWF Superstars taping.
    More Details Hide Details Orndorff (along with King Kong Bundy, who had been off TV since WrestleMania III as well) returned to team with Hercules and King Harley Race in a victory against Mario Mancini, Don Driggers, Paul Roma, and Jim Powers. Orndorff received a babyface response from the crowd during his return, leading the WWF to change his character. He would fire Bobby Heenan two months later and begin a feud with Rick Rude. Orndorff took Oliver Humperdink as his manager in his fight with Rude and Heenan.
  • 1986
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While Hogan fought off Bundy, Orndorff battled Don Muraco in a match that ended in a double count out. Orndorff's frustrations were further fueled by Adrian Adonis, who took every opportunity that he could to mock Orndorff (including referring to him as "Hulk Jr."), saying that he had gone soft from teaming with Hogan. Adonis kept on irritating Orndorff, going so far as daring Paul Orndorff to prove just how close his relationship with Hulk Hogan really was. During a televised phone call to Hulk Hogan, Orndorff was told that Hogan was too busy training to come to the phone, something which aggravated Orndorff to no end. The next time that Hogan and Orndorff teamed up, against The Moondogs, Orndorff wrestled most of the match by himself in an attempt to upstage Hogan, scoring the winning pin. The next week, during a tag match where Hogan and Orndorff faced the massive duo of Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy, Hogan and Orndorff accidentally collided and Hogan knocked Orndorff off the apron. When Studd and Bundy started to double team Hogan, Orndorff did not help out; he looked like he had hurt his eye in the collision. It was not until Studd and Bundy had Hogan in a compromised position that Orndorff reentered the ring to fend off Studd and Bundy. Orndorff then helped Hogan to his feet and raised his hand in the air and gave Hogan a clothesline followed by a piledriver.
  • 1984
    Age 34
    Near the end of 1984, Roddy Piper's assault on Cyndi Lauper (kayfabe) brought Orndorff and Piper on a collision course with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
    More Details Hide Details Hogan's feud with Piper also meant that Orndorff was thrust back into the main event picture; he defeated Tony Atlas at The War to Settle the Score and then played a part in the main event. The fallout from The War to Settle the Score led to the creation of WrestleMania, with Hogan and Mr. T (backed by Jimmy Snuka) taking on "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff in the main event (with Bob Orton, Jr, as Piper and Orndorff's manager) Orton's interference at the end of the match backfired when he accidentally hit Orndorff with the cast on his arm, allowing Hogan to pin Orndorff and win the match for his team. Blaming Orndorff for the loss, Piper and Orton attacked him on the first episode of Saturday Night's Main Event. Later in the evening, Orndorff ran to the ring to even the sides when Piper and Orton were preparing to double team Hulk Hogan. He solidified his babyface status by publicly firing manager Bobby Heenan shortly afterwards.
    Orndorff made his WWF debut against Salvatore Bellomo on the night that Hulk Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik for the WWF World Heavyweight Title and "Hulkamania was born", January 23, 1984 in Madison Square Garden.
    More Details Hide Details Orndorff became one of the first people to challenge for the world title, shooting straight to the main event less than a month after his debut. Hogan disposed of the challenger and moved on while Orndorff fought a variety of opponents including the Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana. When Piper assaulted Jimmy Snuka on the set of Piper's Pit, Orndorff assisted the Rowdy One in his matches. Orndorff and Piper often faced Snuka and "The Tonga Kid" in tag team competition.
    Starting in January 1984, Orndorff took on "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as his manager.
    More Details Hide Details Piper nicknamed Paul Orndorff "Mr. Wonderful", a nickname that he has used ever since.
  • 1983
    Age 33
    Orndorff signed with the World Wrestling Federation in late 1983 and made his debut in November of that year on Championship Wrestling.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He would later team up with WWF's top name, Hulk Hogan, leading to a storyline where Orndorff turned on Hogan and the two had a high-profile feud. Orndorff suffered an arm injury during the time and retired for a number of years before returning in 1990, working primarily for WCW. In WCW he won several titles including the WCW World Television Championship as well as the WCW World Tag Team Championship with Paul Roma (as a team called Pretty Wonderful). His recurring arm issues due to the 1988 injury led Orndorff to retire in 2000. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame in 2009. After earning notoriety as a running back at the University of Tampa where he scored 21 career touchdowns and gained over 2000 all-purpose yards in his playing career, Orndorff was a 12th round selection (289th overall pick) in the 1973 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints but failed to pass the physical for the NFL with both the Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a teammate of the #1 pick notorious bad boy John Matuszak.
  • 1982
    Age 32
    Orndorff next feuded with The Masked Superstar, with whom he traded the National Heavyweight title back and forth during the fall of 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Orndorff then traded the title back and forth with Super Destroyer. Frustrated with his inability to beat Paul Orndorff for the National title, Larry Zbyszko paid Killer Tim Brooks $25,000 to do his dirty work. Brooks beat Orndorff with the help of a chair and won the title only to turn around and give it to Zbyszko. The fact that Zybszko bought the title and did not win it forced NWA President Bob Geigel to step in and strip Zbyszko of the title. Orndorff then moved to New Japan Pro Wrestling for several months. He made two tours of Japan, the first in April. He wrestled Kengo Kimura, Riki Choshu, and Akira Maeda, as well as teaming up with Ed Leslie against Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi. Orndorff returned in October and partnered with Big John Studd against Maeda and Sakaguchi, then faced Maeda again in singles competition.
    On August 19, 1982, Paul Orndorff regained the title from the Super Destroyer.
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    Orndorff won the gold on June 20, 1982.
    More Details Hide Details During the summer, Orndorff would vacate the title so he could focus on pursuing the NWA World Champion "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Orndorff was unsuccessful in his challenge and soon focused on the title he gave up. When Orndorff vacated the title, it was put on the line in a tournament that was won by The Super Destroyer.
    Orndorff reappeared in Georgia Championship Wrestling in early 1982 immediately launching into a feud with Buzz Sawyer over the NWA National Heavyweight Championship.
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  • 1981
    Age 31
    Orndorff lost the title to Ted DiBiase on November 1, 1981 in a match at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    More Details Hide Details Orndorff was unable to wrestle in the rematch due to car trouble, which meant that Orndorff's friend Bob Roop got the title shot and won the match. It was soon revealed that Roop had sabotaged Orndorff's car so he could get the title shot instead (storyline). Orndorff turned face to feud with Roop but found himself unable to regain the title after which he left the Mid-South Territory.
    While he lost the support of the fans, he won the North American title on July 4, 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Orndorff feuded with Ted DiBiase, JYD, Dusty Rhodes, and Dick Murdoch while holding on to the North American title.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In Mid-South, Orndorff feuded with Ken Mantell over Mantell's propensity for cutting people's hair after a match. Orndorff got the better of Mantell and won the rights to use the Freebird hair removal cream on Mantell. Orndorff earned a shot at the North American champion The Grappler but on the day of the match he overslept (storyline) and was incensed when his replacement Jake "The Snake" Roberts beat the Grappler for the title. Orndorff's reaction to Jake's title win signaled a change in attitude; he turned heel as he demanded a title match against Jake "the Snake".
  • 1979
    Age 29
    Orndorff then teamed with former opponent Norvell Austin (who was calling himself "The Junkyard Dog" at the time, not to be mistaken for the more famous Junkyard Dog) to win the titles in late 1979.
    More Details Hide Details The duo beat Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose, the same team that ended Orndorff and Austin's run with the gold. Norvell Austin, Dennis Condrey, and Randy Rose would go on to form The Midnight Express shortly thereafter.
    There, Orndorff worked mainly as a tag team competitor teaming with Dick Slater to win the NWA Southeast Tag Team Championship from the team of Jimmy Golden and Norvell Austin in October 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Their reign only lasted about a month before being upended by the combination of Dennis Condrey and David Schults.
    In 1979, Orndorff traveled to the Alabama territory's "Southeast Championship Wrestling."
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  • 1978
    Age 28
    The duo held on to the titles for five months before losing them to Baron von Raschke and his new partner Paul Jones on April 28, 1978.
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    In December 1978, Paul Orndorff teamed with Jimmy Snuka to capture the NWA World Tag Team titles from Baron von Raschke and Greg Valentine.
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  • 1977
    Age 27
    Orndorff won his first wrestling title when he pinned Lawler for the Mid-Southern Heavyweight Title on June 7, 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Orndorff lost the title back to Lawler before he left the Memphis territory. Orndorff began working for the NWA Tri-State promotion where he got involved in a feud with Ernie Ladd. The feud with Ladd saw Orndorff win the NWA Tri-State North American Heavyweight Title from Ernie Ladd on two occasions (on May 29, 1978 and again in June). Both times, Orndorff's reigns were short and were ended by Ladd. After feuding with Ladd, Orndorff continued to make a name for himself in the National Wrestling Alliance where he feuded with The Masked Superstar. During this time he became known as "The Brandon Bull", a nickname he had during his days as a football player.
  • 1976
    Age 26
    Paul Orndorff started wrestling in 1976 in Mid-Southern Wrestling where he feuded with a young Jerry Lawler.
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  • 1975
    Age 25
    However, he did play for the Jacksonville Sharks of the World Football League in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details After one season in the WFL, he began training as a professional wrestler.
  • 1949
    Born on October 29, 1949.
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