Paul Orndorff

Oct 16, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Paul Orndorff
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 255 lbs.
Date of birth: October 29, 1949
From: Brandon, FL
Pro debut: 1976
Trained by: Bob Backlund
Finishing move: Piledriver


– On May 29, 1977, Orndorff defeated Jerry Lawler to win the NWA Memphis Southern Heavyweight Title
– On May 29, 1978, Orndorff defeated Ernie Ladd to win the NWA Tri-State North American Title
– On December 26, 1978, Paul Orndorff & Jimmy Snuka defeated Baron Von Raschke & Greg Valentine to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Titles
– On July 4, 1981, Orndorff defeated Jake Roberts to win the Mid-South North American Title
– On June 20, 1982, Orndorff defeated Buzz Sawyer to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title
– On October 3, 1982, Orndorff defeated The Super Destroyer to regain the NWA National Heavyweight Title
– In late 1983, Orndorff signed with the WWF, debuting in November with a win over Ken Jugan
– In January 1984, Orndorff enlisted Roddy Piper as his manager. Piper would give him the nickname ‘Mr Wonderful’ which has stuck to this day
– On November 17, 1982, Orndorff defeated The Masked Superstar to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title for a third time
– At the first ever WrestleMania, Orndorff competed alongside Roddy Piper in the main event, in a losing effort against Hulk Hogan & Mr T
– At the first ever Survivor Series, Orndorff again competed in the main event, but was the third wrestler eliminated from the match, ending in a loss for his team
– In early 1988, Orndorff was forced to retire in order to heal an arm injury, during which time he operated a bowling alley in Fayetteville, Georgia
– In March 1990, Orndorff returned to the ring, signing with WCW soon after
– At The Great American Bash 1990, The Dudes With Attitudes (El Gigante, Junkyard Dog & Paul Orndorff) defeated The Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson, Barry Windham & Sid Vicious) by DQ
– By September 1990, Orndorff had left WCW to join the fledgling UWF
– On June 22, 1992, Orndorff defeated Bob Orton Jr to win the UWF Southern States Title
– In late 1992, Orndorff left the UWF to rejoin WCW
– On March 2, 1993, Orndorff defeated Erik Watts in the final of a tournament to win the WCW Television Title
– At Beach Blast 1993, Orndorff defeated Ron Simmons by DQ to retain the WCW Television Title
– At Halloween Havoc 1993, Orndorff defeated Ricky Steamboat by countout
– At Starrcade 1993, Pretty Wonderful (Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma) defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Too Cold Scorpio
– At Bash At The Beach 1994, Pretty Wonderful defeated Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan to win the WCW Tag Team Titles
– At Fall Brawl 1994, Pretty Wonderful defeated Stars n Stripes (The Patriot & Marcus Alexander Bagwell) to retain the WCW Tag Team Titles
– At Halloween Havoc 1994, Pretty Wonderful defeated Stars n Stripes to regain the WCW Tag Team Titles they had lost less than a month before
– After retiring in 1995, Orndorff operated the WCW Power Plant training facility
– At Fall Brawl 2000, Orndorff made a one-off return, teaming with Disco Inferno, Juventud Guerrera & Rey Misterio Jr against The Natural Born Thrillers. The match went to a no-contest
– On April 2, 2005, Orndorff was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Bobby Heenan
– On September 6, 2009, Orndorff was announced as being inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame
– On January 5, 2011, Orndorff appeared on a radio show and announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. On August 20, he announced that he was cancer-free
– At WrestleMania XXX, Orndorff reunited with Hulk Hogan, Mr T and Roddy Piper, the participants in the first ever WrestleMania main event
– On June 1, 2017, Mr. Wonderful was voted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame

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