Paul Orndorff was an American professional wrestler know all about Paul Orndorff Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Son , Education and Biography
|Birthdate ( Age)||29 October 1949|
|Place of Birth||Brandon, Florida, United States|
|Died||12 July 2021|
|Wife/Partner||Ronda Maxwell (m. 1971)|
|Children||Travis Orndorff, Paul Orndorff III|
|Profession||American professional wrestler|
|Net Worth||$100 thousand|
Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr. was an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), nicknamed Mr. Wonderful.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame in 2009. After retiring from wrestling, he trained others and survived cancer in 2011.
Paul Orndorff Family
Orndorff’s parents were both of German descent. He resided in Fayetteville, Georgia.Paul has one sister Patricia Orndorff and has two brothers named Mickey Ronald Cain and Terry Orndorff, with whom he wrestled briefly as a tag team in the early 1980s. Terry went on to have limited success as a tag team wrestler with other partners such as The Junkyard Dog and Kerry Von Erich.
After earning notoriety as a running back at the University of Tampa where he scored 21 career touchdowns and gained over 2,000 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 played for the Jacksonville Sharks of the World Football League in 1975.After one season in the WFL, he began training as a professional wrestler.
Paul Orndorff Wife
Paul Orndorff is a marrie man.He married his high school girlfriend Ronda Maxwell Orndorff. They have two grown sons, Paul Orndorff III and Travis Orndorff, as well as eight grandchildren.
Paul Orndorff Net Worth
Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr. was an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation who has an estimated Net Worth of $100 thousand in 2021.
Paul Orndorff Professional Career
Paul Orndorff started wrestling in 1976 in Mid-Southern Wrestling where he feuded with a young Jerry Lawler. Orndorff won his first wrestling title when he pinned Lawler for the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship on June 7, 1977.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 . 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 (NWA) 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. In December 1978, Paul Orndorff teamed with Jimmy Snuka to capture the NWA World Tag Team Championship from Baron von Raschke and Greg Valentine.The duo held on to the title for five months before losing it to Baron von Raschke and his new partner Paul Jones on April 28, 1978.
Orndorff signed with the World Wrestling Federation in late 1983 and made his debut in November of that year on Championship Wrestling. Starting in January 1984, Orndorff took on “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as his manager.Piper nicknamed Paul Orndorff “Mr. Wonderful”, a nickname that he used thereafter. 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.
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.
Paul Orndorff retired in early 1988 due to his arm injury and focused on running his bowling alley in Fayetteville. 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 due to a neck injury that caused nerve damage and eventually the atrophy of his right biceps.
Orndorff 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 Clash of the Champions XXII. 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 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. During the match, Roma acted very indifferently 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 Lord Steven Regal. This time, Roma took it a step further and attacked Erik Watts before announcing that he was now teaming with Paul Orndorff.
On 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 by Bobby Heenan.In 2009, Orndorff was elected by a committee of his peers to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, then located in Amsterdam New York, now located in Wichita Falls, Texas.
On April 6, 2014, Orndorff made an appearance at WrestleMania XXX, marking his first time on WWE television since the 2005 Hall of Fame. He appeared in a segment with his WrestleMania I teammate Roddy Piper and their opponents from the event, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, as well as the referee for the match, Pat Patterson, interrupting Hogan’s interview with Gene Okerlund.
On August 11, 2014, Orndorff made an appearance at 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, Okerlund, Jimmy Hart, and Piper.On May 3, 2017, Orndorff had his first match since 2000 and final match of his life. The event was a CWE (Canadian Wrestling’s Elite) held in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, where he won in a six-man tag team match at age 67.
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