Man Wishes Paul Orndorff Well With His Fight With
Cancer - 7th January 2011
Paul Orndorff is a living legend of
the sports entertainment business.
has a background in professional football (NFL), bodybuilding,
and entered the professional wrestling business in
1984 has was signed to a World Wrestling Federation
contract and competed in the main event of WrestleMania,
teaming with Roddy Riper, and they faced Hulk Hogan
and Mr. T, to a sell out crowd at Madison Square Garden,
in New York.
has held more wrestling championships that you can
list, however, he never secured any WWF titles. Having
said that, the Orndorff - Hogan and Orndorff - Piper
feuds are amongst the highest grossing and well regarded,
of all time.
wrestling, Orndorff invested wisely in real estate
and bowling alleys across the United States.
Orndorff (born October 29, 1949 in Brandon, Florida)
is a retired professional wrestler, best known for
his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation
and World Championship Wrestling as "Mr. Wonderful"
Paul Orndorff'. After retiring, Orndorff has worked
as a wrestling trainer.
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 failed to catch on in the NFL with
both the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints.
However, he did play for the Jacksonville Sharks of
the World Football League in 1975. After one season
in the WFL, he began training as a professional wrestler.
Orndorff started wrestling in 1976. He wrestled in
Mid-Southern Wrestling where he feuded with a young
Jerry Lawler before he was known as “the King."
Orndorff pinned the King to win the Mid-Southern Heavyweight
Title on June 7, 1977, which was Orndorff’s
first wrestling title. Orndorff lost the title back
to Jerry 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 Ernie Ladd.
feuding with Ladd, Orndorff continued to make a name
for himself in the National Wrestling Alliance where
he feuded with Masked Superstar. During the time he
became known as “The Brandon Bull," a nickname
he had during his days as a football player. In December
1978, Paul Orndorff teamed with Jimmy Snuka to capture
the NWA World Tag Team titles from Baron Von Raschke
and Greg Valentine. The duo held on to the titles
for 5 months before losing them to Baron Von Raschke
and his new partner Paul Jones on April 28, 1978.
1979, Orndorff would travel to the Alabama territory's
“Southeast Championship Wrestling." There,
Orndorff would work 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. Their reign only
lasted about a month before being upended by the combination
of Dennis Condrey and David Schults. 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. 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.
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. In Mid-South,
Orndorff feuded with Ken Mantell over Mantell’s
propensity for cutting people’s hair after a
match. Orndorff would get 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". While he lost the support
of the fans, he won the North American title on July
4, 1981. Orndorff would feud with Ted DiBiase, JYD,
Dusty Rhodes, and Dick Murdoch while holding on to
the North American title by hook and by crook. Orndorff
lost the title to Ted DiBiase on November 1, 1981
in a match at the Municipal Auditoriun in New Orleans,
Louisiana. Orndorff was unable to wrestle in the rematch
due to car trouble, which meant that Ordorff’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.
reappeared in Georgia Championship Wrestling in early
1982 immediately launching into a feud with Buzz Sawyer
over the NWA National Heavyweight Championship. Orndorff
won the gold on June 20, 1982. 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. On August 19,
1982, Paul Orndorff regained the title from the Super
Destroyer. Orndorff next feuded with The Masked Superstar,
with whom he traded the National Heavyweight title
back and forth during the fall of 1982. 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 didn’t win
it forced NWA President Bob Geigel to step in and
strip Zbyszko of the title. By mid 1983, Paul Orndorff
disappeared from the wrestling world and was not seen
for 4-5 months.
World Wrestling Federation
signed with the World Wrestling Federation in late
1983 and made his debut in January 1984 with "Rowdy"
Roddy Piper as his manager. Piper nicknamed Paul Orndorff
“Mr. Wonderful," a nickname that he has
used ever since. Orndorff made his WWF debut against
Salvatore Bellomo on the night that Hulk Hogan defeated
The Iron Sheik for the WWF World Heavyweight Title,
the night that "Hulkamania was born", January
23, 1984 in Madison Square Garden. 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 Roddy Piper assaulted Jimmy Snuka
on the set of “Piper’s Pit", Orndorff
(as well as Bob Orton, Jr.) assisted the Rowdy One
in his fights. Orndorff and Piper often faced Snuka
and “The Tonga Kid" in tag-team competition.
the end of 1984, Roddy Piper’s assault on Cyndi
Lauper (storyline) brought Orndorff and Piper on a
collision course with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in one
of the most famous angles in the history of pro-wrestling.
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. The
end of the match saw a botched attempt at cheating
when Orton 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.
and Hogan started teaming up to feud with Piper and
Orton, facing them in tag-team competition all over
the country. Orndorff’s feud with Piper and
Orton continued to rage on while Hogan started to
defend his title against other contenders; Orndorff
faced both Orton and Piper in individual competition,
usually without a conclusive outcome. After firing
Bobby Heenan as his manager, the Brain placed a $25,000
bounty on Orndorff, payable to anyone who could injure
him. When no one succeeded, Heenan upped the bounty
to $50,000. One of the first men to try and claim
the new, higher bonus was Roddy Piper himself, but
their matches got so out of hand that Bruno Sammartino
was appointed as a special referee in the hopes of
keeping peace. Instead of keeping peace, Sammartino
became a target for Orton and Piper,] which led to
Orndorff and Sammartino teaming up. Orndorff teamed
with a variety of opponents in his fights with Piper
and Orton, including Andre the Giant. 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. While Hogan fought off Bundy, Orndorff battled
Don Muraco in a match that ended in a disappointing
double count out.
double count out was a clear signal that Paul Orndorff
did not have momentum on his side any more; he had
gone from being a world title challenger to Hulk Hogan’s
tag-team partner, helping the champ fight his battles.
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, Orndorff wrestled most of the match by himself
in an attempt to upstage Hogan. 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 wasn’t
until Studd and Bundy had Hogan in a compromised position
that Orndorff re-entered 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 piledrive Hogan.
soon reunited with manager Bobby Heenan and once again
feuded with Hulk Hogan, including a memorable outdoor
match in Toronto which drew an estimated 76,000 fans.After
a series of matches with no clean outcome it was decided
that Hogan and Orndorff would clash in a steel cage
match on Saturday Night’s Main Event. The cage
match saw both Orndorff and Hogan climb over the top
of the cage and touch the floor at the same time.
After reviewing the footage it was decided that it
was a draw and the match was restarted. Once the match
restarted Hogan beat Orndorff with the leg drop and
then easily exited the cage to win the match, ending
their feud.Their half-year long feud is one of the
most notable (and profitable) feuds in the history
of pro wrestling.
the Hogan feud, Orndorff seriously injured his left
arm in a weightlifting accident. Because he was in
the middle of his big money run with Hogan, he didn't
want to take the time off to have the surgery to properly
treat it, opting instead to continue to wrestle. After
the program with Hogan ended, Orndorff worked a reduced
schedule for a few months before he was forced to
take some time off because of the injury. While Orndorff
was away from the WWF, Bobby Heenan brought in a new
man "Ravishing" Rick Rude to take Orndorff’s
place in the Heenan Family. Orndorff returned to the
ring specifically to fire Bobby Heenan and to feud
with Rick Rude. Orndorff took Oliver Humperdink as
his manager in his fight with Rude and Heenan. 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 Andre the Giant, the One Man
Gang, King Kong Bundy, Rick Rude, and Butch Reed.
Orndorff was eliminated by a roll up by Rude early
in the match.
Semi-retirement and return
Orndorff retired in very early 1988 due to his arm
injury and focused on running his bowling alley in
Fayetteville. During his time away from the sport
he was actually reported to have died, a story that
made several newspapers. The time off was because
of the injury to his arm/neck that he suffered during
the Hogan feud and had allowed to go 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.
1990 Orndorff returned to the squared circle, wrestling
a series of matches against Kerry Von Erich on the
independent circuit. By the spring of 1990 Orndorff
signed with World Championship Wrestling, making his
debut as a member of 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. At Clash of the Champions XI Orndorff defeated
Arn 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. Orndorff remained with WCW
until the fall of 1990.
UWF and the indies
late 1990, Orndorff became one of the featured headliners
for Herb Abrams fledgling Universal Wrestling Federation.
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 it’s
early days. 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.
On June 9, 1991, Orndorff competed on the UWF’s
only PPV Beach Brawl, defeating Col. DeBeers in a
Strap match. Orndorff left the UWF sometime in
early 1993, vacating the Southern States title.
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.
In February 1992 Orndorff left the AWF, vacating the
title. During this time Orndorff also competed
in the “National Wrestling League", holding
its' tag-team titles alongside Brian Blair sometime
Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1992, Smoky Mountain Wrestling opened its doors for
the first time as they announced a tournament to crown
the first SMW Heavyweight Champion. Among the participants
invited to compete were Buddy Landel, "Dirty
White Boy" Tony Anthony, and Brian Lee. Orndorff
was only listed as an “Alternate" in case
someone got injured; the “alternate" status
was a blow to Orndoff’s ego (storyline), causing
him to attack several wrestlers including Hector Guerrero
so he could take his place in the tournament. 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
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.
World Championship Wrestling
returned to WCW in late 1992. 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. 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.
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
WCW title. 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 1993. During this
time Orndorff also turned back the challenges of amongst
others Ron Simmons and Marcus Alexander Bagwell, 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
Title. 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. On August 18, 1993, Orndorff’s
luck ran out as Ricky Steamboat won the title at Clash
of the Champions XXIV. After unsuccessfully
challenging Ricky Steamboat throughout the fall and
winter of 1993, it was time for a change of pace.
the 1993 WCW PPV Battlebowl, the Horsemen Paul Roma
and Arn Anderson faced the semi-regular team of Paul
Orndorff and "Stunning" Steve Austin on
WCW Saturday Night. 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 once again.
This time Roma took it a step further and attacked
Erik Watts before announcing that he was now teaming
with Paul Orndorff.
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.
into Bash at the Beach 1994, Pretty Wonderful
had the advantage as both champions were suffering
from injuries inflicted by the challengers on previous
occasions (or so the storyline went). Cactus Jack
and Kevin Sullivan were unable to hold off Roma and
Orndorff, as Pretty Wonderful left the ring with the
gold. After winning the titles Pretty Wonderful
was immediately challenged by the Nasty Boys, but
the Nasty Boys were never able to take the gold from
the champions. Next, Pretty Wonderful was challenged
by the duo of Stars’N’Stripes (Marcus
Alexander Bagwell & The Patriot) at Fall Brawl.
The champions retained, but a week later the championship
changed hands when Stars’N’Stripes got
the victory. Pretty Wonderful was granted a rematch
against the new champions with a match booked for
Halloween Havoc; Pretty Wonderful regained the titles
when Roma used one of the title belts to knock Bagwell
Clash of the Champions XXIX Stars’N’Stripes
were granted a final shot at the tag-team titles,
but the challengers also had to put up the Patriot’s
mask on the line. After a controversial double pin
finish Stars’N’Stripes were declared the
winners and thus the champions, putting the end to
Pretty Wonderful’s second and final run with
Roma left WCW, Orndorff returned to singles competition
with his most notable match at the time being an unsuccessful
shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship when
he faced champion the Great Muta at Slamboree 1995.
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.
Unfortunately, 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, Orndorff lost all faith
in his abilities; the arrogant Mr. Wonderful was riddled
with self doubt, until one night where he was visited
by psychic Gary Spivey. Spivey told Orndorff to believe
in himself and that he shouldn’t forget that
he was “Mr. Wonderful". With his confidence
restored, the more carefree and less arrogant Paul
Orndorff started to win again, quickly disposing of
the now ex-TV champion the Renegade.
to his previous injures in the WWF, the entire right
side of his body began to atrophy, eventually causing
his arm and leg muscles to shrink. 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.
an encounter backstage, Vader had reportedly been
asked by Kevin Sullivan and several others to come
and do a crucial interview segment. Vader was abusive,
tired, and injured. There was also speculation of
his drinking and medicating for injuries that caused
him to have mood swings. Kevin Sullivan went to Paul
Orndorff and asked him to go ask Vader to do the interview
before the union workers had to take their break.
Vader says that Orndorff was abusive to him and started
it. Orndorff claims that Vader was abusive. A brief
fight ensued that had apparently been brewing for
some time. Accounts of this notorious real-life altercation
generally claim that the upper hand was held by Orndorff,
who'd practically "begged Vader to start something"
as tensions grew . The two were separated in short
time. Afterwards, Vader was soon released from World
Championship Wrestling. Orndorff's reputation as a
'legit tough guy' was cemented by this altercation
for three reasons. One, Vader knocked Orndorff off
his feet with the first flurry of blows and Orndorff
came back. Two, Orndorff was impaired by a severely
impaired arm that had started to atrophy due to nerve
damage caused by injuries in the ring that left him
all but one armed. Three, he overcame the much larger
(400+ pound) ex-NFL lineman in such a vicious way.
men tell very different accounts of this incident,
Orndorff stating that he was simply the better man
in the fight, and Vader stating that, fearing for
his position in the company, he relented in his assault
on Orndorff after taking him off his feet with his
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 incarnation of the nWo.
February 3, 2005, Orndorff was announced as one of
the inductees for the Class of 2005 into the WWE Hall
of Fame. He was inducted on April 2 at the Universal
Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California by Bobby “The
* Signature moves
* Orndorff Drop (Diving knee drop)
* Elbow drop
* Forearm strike followed into a clothesline
* Sleeper hold
* Roddy Piper
* Bobby Heenan
* Oliver Humperdink
* Masked Assassin
* U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer(UWF [90's])
Championships and accomplishments
* University of Tampa
* Inducted into the University of Tampa Football Hall
of Fame in 1986
* American Wrestling Federation
* AWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
* Continental Wrestling Association
* AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
* Georgia Championship Wrestling
* NWA National Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
* Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
* NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version)
(1 time) - with Jimmy Snuka
* NWA Mid-America
* NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Memphis version)
* NWA Tri-State | Mid-South Wrestling Association
* Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship
* NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Tri-State
version) (2 times)
* National Wrestling League
* NWL Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Brian
* Southeastern Championship Wrestling
* NWA Southeast Tag Team Championship (2 times) -
with Dick Slater (1) and Norvell Austin (1)
* Universal Wrestling Federation
* UWF Southern States Championship (1 time)
* World Championship Wrestling
* WCW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with
* WCW World Television Championship (1 time)
* World Wrestling Entertainment
* WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005)
* Pro Wrestling Illustrated
* PWI Match of the Year award in 1985 - with Roddy
Piper, versus Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at WrestleMania
* PWI Feud of the Year award in 1986 - vs. Hulk Hogan
* PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year award in 1986.
* PWI ranked him # 115 of the 500 best singles wrestlers
in the PWI 500 in 1991.
* PWI ranked him # 108 of the 500 best singles wrestlers
in the PWI 500 in 1992.
* PWI ranked him # 38 of the 500 best singles wrestlers
in the PWI 500 in 1993.
* PWI ranked him # 64 of the 500 best singles wrestlers
in the PWI 500 in 1994.
* PWI ranked him # 50 of the 500 best singles wrestlers
in the PWI 500 in 1995.
* PWI ranked him # 49 of the 500 best singles wrestlers
during the PWI Years in 2003.
* Wrestling Observer Newsletter
* Feud of the Year in 1986 - vs. Hulk Hogan
currently resides in Fayetteville, Georgia with his
high school sweetheart Ronda Maxwell Orndorff. He
is the proud father of two sons, Paul Orndorff III
and Travis Orndorff. He has eight grand children.
His son Paul III has two sons; one was given up for
adoption while Chandler is seven, and four girls;
Brandie, Brittany, Brooke, and Gabriella also reside
in Georgia. His son Travis has two children, Tyler
and Isabella. Paul is an avid hunter and spends most
days working in the yard, planning his next hunt,
and spending time with his family. Paul is still in
great shape. He is a motivational speaker and often
does autograph signings. (Credit:
Hall of Fame
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Sports Entertainment - Paul Orndorff
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