Professional wrestling has lost another legend as Paul Orndorff has left us.
Known to fans as “Mr. Wonderful,” Paul Orndorff is best known for his work in WWE and WCW. Orndorff was 71 at the time of his death; her son, Travis, broke the unfortunate news on Monday with a post on his Instagram account:
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr.. He is better known as “Mr. # 1derful” Paul Orndorff. Most of you will remember him for his looks. Many will remember its intensity. But if only I could make you understand and see her heart. He will always be Pop, Paw Paw and Daddy at home. And although many of you hated him as a wrestler, he absolutely loved you for it. He was an amazing father who showed me more love than I deserved. I love you dad.
A donation page is available in my bio for funeral expenses. Any close friends who would like to speak at his funeral, please message me on Instagram Travis_Orndorff.
Orndorff was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He was named “Mr. Wonderful ”by the late Roddy Piper and was one of Hulk Hogan’s first challengers for the WWF Championship following the birth of“ Hulkamania ”. Orndorff and Hogan would feud throughout his tenure in WWE, including teaming up with Piper against Mr. T and Hulk Hogan at the main event, the inaugural WrestleMania event in 1985.
In addition to his WWE work, Orndorff also had several stints in WCW between 1990-95. He has won the WCW Television World Championship once and has also reigned as the NWA / WCW World Tag Team three times.
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