Bob Orton

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Title History

  • PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) Rookie of the Year (1973);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Mr. Wresting II defeating Super Infernos (June 9, 1973);
  • NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight title (April 1975);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/ Dick Slater defeating Bob Armstrong and Robert Fuller (June 27, 1975);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Bob Roop defeating Ken Lucas and Mike Graham (1976);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Bob Roop defeating Bill Dromo and Eddie Graham (January 27, 1976);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Jack Brisco (May 1976);
  • NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/ Ron Garvin Awarded (June 1977);
  • NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/ Ron Garvin defeating Bob Armstrong and Jos LeDuc (September 1977);
  • NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/ Jerry Blackwell defeating Kevin Sullivan and Ken Lucas (January 1979);
  • NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/Bob Roop defeating Kevin Sullivan and Ken Lucas [Tournament] (Febuary 11, 1979);
  • ICW (Poffo) Southeastern Tag Team titles w/Bob Roop (July 1979);
  • ICW (Poffo) Southeastern Heavyweight title defeating Ron Garvin (October 15, 1979);
  • ICW (Poffo) Southeastern Tag Team titles w/ Barry Orton (January 1980);
  • ICW (Poffo) Television title defeating Bob Roop (October 11, 1980);
  • Mid South Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Don Diamond (August 6, 1981);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/ Don Kernodle defeating Dory Funk Jr. and Jimmy Valiant [Tournament] (January 8, 1984);
  • UWF (Abrams) Southern States Heavyweight title Awarded (June 22, 1992);
  • UWF (Abrams) Southern States Heavyweight title Awarded (July 1993);
  • AWF (American Wrestling Federation) Heavyweight title defeating Tito Santana (October 5, 1996);
  • PCW Heavyweight title defeating Rex Hart (October 24, 1998);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

Getting into the Business:

  • Bob Orton Jr was trained by Hiro Matsuda after dropping out of college (Missouri University).
  • June 25, 1976 – AWA Chicago Stadium: Greg Gagne defeated Bob Orton Jr.
  • November 26, 1981 – Mid South: Junk Yard Dog and Mike George beat Paul Orndorff and Bob Orton to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • November 24, 1983 – Starrcade: Dick Slater and Bob Orton Jr. defeated Mark Youngblood and Wahoo McDaniel.
  • 1984: Adrian Adonis defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton to win Southwest’s World Heavyweight title (Tournament Final).

World Wrestling Federation – “Ace” Bob Orton:

  • Bob Orton Jr. signed with the World Wrestling Federation and became the bodyguard for “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
  • July 23, 1984 – Brawl to End It All: Tito Santana vs Bob Orton Jr. ended in a 20:00 time limit draw.
  • February 18, 1985 – War To Settle The Score: Jimmy “Superfly Snuka defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton.
  • ~~~In the main event: Hulk Hogan w/Cindi Lauper and Lou Albano defeated Roddy Piper w/Bob Orton by disqualification.
  • ~~~~~Paul Orndorff interfered and Mr. T (sitting front row) jumped the rail and made the save for Hulk Hogan.
  • March 31, 1985 – Wrestlemania: Hulk Hogan and Mr. T w/Jimmy Snuka defeated Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff w/Bob Orton.
  • May 11, 1985 – SNME: Hulk Hogan defeated Bob Orton to retain the WWF Heavyweight title.
  • July 8, 1985 – King of the Ring: Bob Orton Jr. vs Paul Orndorff ended in a draw in the first round.
  • August 28, 1985 – Michigan State Fair: Junk Yard Dog defeated Bob Orton Jr..
  • November 7, 1985 – Wrestling Classic: Paul Orndorff defeated Bob Orton Jr. by Disqualfication in the first round.
  • December 26, 1985 – Tuesday Night Titans: Roddy Piper and Bob Orton act out their version of “A Christmas Carol”.
  • January 4, 1986 – SNME: Roddy Piper and Bob Orton and Jesse Ventura beat Hillbilly Jim and Uncle Elmer and Cousin Luke.
  • March 1, 1986 – SNME: Mr. T defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton by knockout in the second round of a Boxing match.
  • March 1986: Roddy Piper and Bob Orton attacked midget Little Haiti defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr.
  • April 5, 1986 – Wrestlemania II: Mr. T defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper w/Bob Orton by disqualification in a Boxing match.
  • Roddy Piper turned face and announced his retirement (at WM3) and dumped Bob Orton as his bodyguard.
  • ~~~Bob Orton then showed up as the bodyguard of Adrian Adonis, who had replaced Piper’s Pit with his Flower Shop!
  • November 29, 1986 – SNME: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton.
  • March 29, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Bob Orton and Don Muraco.

National Wrestling Alliance:

  • May 7, 1989 – WrestleWar: Dick Murdoch vs Bob Orton Jr went to a NO CONTEST in a Bull Rope Match.

Universal Wrestling Federation (Herb Abrams) – “Cowboy” Bob Orton:

  • June 9, 1991 – Beach Brawl: Steven Ray and Sonny Beach defeated Cactus Jack and Bob Orton Jr..
  • September 23, 1994 – Blackjack Brawl: Bob Orton Jr. vs The Finnish Hellraiser ended in a DOUBLE disqualification.

Smokey Mountain Wrestling – “Cowboy” Bob Orton:

  • August 5, 1994 – Night of Legends: Bob Orton Jr. took part in a Legends ceremony with awards.
  • ~~~Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater vs The Mongolian Stomper and Ronnie Garvin ended in a DOUBLE disqualification.
  • August 14, 1994 – Fire on the Mountain: Doug Furnas defeated Bob Orton Jr.
  • November 24, 1994 – Thanksgiving Thunder: Bob Armstrong defeated Bob Orton Jr..

American Wrestling Federation – “Cowboy” Bob Orton:

Retirement:

  • Bob Orton Jr now sells used cars during the summer months in St Louis, MO and takes the winter months off.
  • June 28, 2001 – Ohio Valley Wrestling: Randy Orton defeated Rico Constantino with help from Cowboy Bob Orton.
  • December 2003: Bob Orton Jr. was used as the storyline commissioner for Terry Landel’s Tennessee Mountain Wrestling in Knoxville.
  • July 10, 2004 – Knoxville (Nostalgia Show): Bob and Brad and Scott Armstrong beat The Nightmare and Robert Fuller and Bob Orton Jr.
  • November 13, 2004 – MWF Soul Survivor: Todd Hanson and Bob Orton and Beau Douglas b Kamala and Gino Martino and Executioner.

World Wrestling Entertainment:

  • March 31, 2005 – SmackDown: Cowboy Bob Orton came out to reason with the Undertaker and ask that he have mercy on his son.
  • ~~~It was all a well orchestrated plan however, as Randy Orton snuck up behind Undertaker and delivered an RKO!
  • April 2, 2005 – Hall of Fame Ceremony: Bob Orton was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame along with 6 others in Los Angeles.
  • April 3, 2005 – Wrestlemania 21: The Undertaker defeated Randy Orton in an Interpromotional match despite Bob Orton’s interference.
  • May 14, 2005 – Gateway Championship Wrestling: Bob Orton Jr. defeated Dingo.
  • August 21, 2005 – Summerslam: Randy Orton defeated The Undertaker in a Grudge match with help from “Cowboy” Bob Orton!
  • August 25, 2005 – SmackDown: Randy Orton defeated Hardcore Holly with help from “Cowboy” Bob Orton.
  • September 9, 2005 – SmackDown: The Ortons presented The Undertaker with $1,416 for his retirement fund but Lightning struck it!
  • September 16, 2005 – SmackDown: The Undertaker defeated Randy Orton w/ Cowboy Bob Orton but not without its bizarre moments.
  • ~~~Bob Orton backed a truck down to the ring containing a casket, when it opened, Undertaker found a wax replica of himself inside!
  • September 23, 2005 – SmackDown: Randy Orton and Bob Orton presented a funeral for Undertaker with the wax dummy in the casket.
  • ~~~Half way through Randy Orton’s speech, fans began to notice the wax dummies eyes moving, so Randy Orton had a closer look.
  • ~~~Suddenly the wax dummy came to life, it was the REAL Undertaker, and grabbed Randy Orton by the throat and attacked him!
  • September 30, 2005 – SmackDown: The Undertaker defeated Cowboy Bob Orton despite constant interference from Randy Orton!
  • October 3, 2005 – WWE Homecoming: Mick Foley was a guest on Piper’s Pit, and was asked when he was returning to the WWE?
  • ~~~Randy Orton and Bob Orton interrupted and caused some trouble, leading to Randy Orton RKOing both Foley AND Piper!
  • October 7, 2005 – SmackDown: Roddy Piper vs Randy Orton and Bob Orton in a Handicap match when Piper pinned Cowboy Bob!
  • October 9, 2005 – No Mercy: Randy Orton and Bob Orton defeated The Undertaker in a Handicap Casket Match.
  • ~~~After the match, Randy Orton poured Gasoline all over the Casket and lit it on fire with The Undertaker trapped inside!!!!!!
  • October 14, 2005 – SmackDown: Eddie Guerrero defeated Randy Orton by disqualification after Bob Orton interfered in a #1 Contenders match!
  • October 28, 2005 – SmackDown: Batista and Eddie Guerrero and Roddy Piper beat Randy Orton and Bob Orton and Ken Kennedy.
  • November 4, 2005 – SmackDown: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton by disqualification when Randy Orton interfered.
  • December 18, 2005 – Armageddon: The Undertaker defeated Randy Orton w/Bob Orton in a Hell in a Cell match!
  • February 13, 2006: Cowboy Bob Orton was released from the World Wrestling Entertainment.

Retirement:

  • May 26, 2007 – OSWA: WWE Legend “Cowboy” Bob Orton defeated NWX Member Kris Synz in Woodriver, Illinois .. 
  • Chris Lemp a.k.a. Kris Synz wrote: I am writing you to give some insight I guess you could say to my match with “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr. from May 26th, 2007. In the “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr. article (below), Charles Wilson wrote about Orton’s kneedrop, let me tell you that move still hurts today. After taking 2 of them I had a knot on the side of my head. But I wouldn’t of traded the expierence for anything. Bob was nothing but curtious all night, and has a great sense of humor. Also he has no ego, which is a great thing for someone who so easily could have one.
  • August 2, 2008 – Full Throttle Wrestling: Bob Orton and The Searcher and Damian Blade defeated Scar and Xavier Frost and Max Archer
  • March 28, 2009 – International Wrestling Cartel: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton.
  • October 17, 2009 – Independent Hardcore Wrestling: “Bloody” Harker Dirge defeated Cowboy Bob Orton by disqualification.
  • Chuck STLHBKid wrote: It was a local indy show by IHW (Independent Hardcore Wrestling) in DUPO ILLINOIS, (Saturday Night 10/17/09) and the match was “Bloody” Harker Dirge vs. Cowboy Bob Orton for the PWE Belt. Who comes out with Cowboy Bob Orton – his son!!! No, not Randy. but NATHAN ORTON! Stunning resemblance to Randy when he first entered WWE years ago, he escorted his dad to the ring and was at ringside for the match. Harker Dirge started to choke out Cowboy Bob Orton, when his son Nathan had enough, and out of no where – punted Harker in the head!!!!! The bell was rang and “Bloody” Harker Dirge retained the PWE Belt to take back to the Chicago area. Nathan was apologizing to his father over and over, and the crowd erupted a huge “ORTONS, ORTONS, ORTONS” chant!!! Post match backstage – Nathan was telling everyone that he had a total blast, and it was sooo much fun!!!!
  • October 2, 2010 – Independent Hardcore Wrestling: Bob Orton Jr. (59) defeated Brandon Graves in Red Bud, Illinois.
  • November 15, 2010 – Old School RAW: Cowboy Bob Orton was one of many old school wrestlers to appear on this special episode.
  • January 29, 2011 – Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Bob Orton participated in a Legends Wrestle-Royale in Los Angeles, California.

    Charles Wilson wrote: I ran across the listing for Bob jr. and noticed the overload of WWE stuff and how many matches he is listed as losing. Lemme tell ya': Many will tell you the greatest World Tag Team Champions were the Andersons. Cannot argue that. But the greatest Tag Team ever was Bob Roop and Bob Orton jr. PERIOD! When Roop was faced with the task of branching out after being a single’s competitor for so long, he matched up with the likes of Killer Karl Krupp. *Ugh!* He partnered with some others and got nowhere. Then, in a bit of booking magic, someone paired Roop and Orton and the question became, “When is a pinning combination not a pinning combination?” Answer: When you’ve made the tag with your partner! Roop, ever the Greco-Roman master, would tag Orton and roll the opponent into a backslide. The fish would begin to try to roll out when Orton would jump about 27 feet high and bring a knee into his forehead. People in the stands just went berserk! Orton and Roop just seemed to have fun and they brought life to the Tag Team event when everyone else simply put up with it or used it as a set-up or grudge/revenge affair. I have truly not seen anything like those two – including the Andersons.