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Paul Orndorff

[CAREER RECORD: Paul Orndorff]

Title History

  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Jerry Lawler (May 29, 1977);
  • NWA (Tri State) North American Heavyweight title defeating Ernie Ladd (May 29, 1978);
  • NWA (Tri State) North American Heavyweight title defeating Ernie Ladd (June 1978);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/ Jimmy Snuka defeating Baron Von Raschke and Greg Valentine (December 1978);
  • NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/ Dick Slater defeating Norvell Austin and Jimmy Golden (October 1979);
  • NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/ Norvell Austin defeating Rany Rose and Dennis Condrey (1980);
  • Mid South North American Heavyweight title defeating Jake Roberts (July 4, 1981);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Heavyweight title defeating Buzz Sawyer (June 20, 1982);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Heavyweight title defeating Super Destroyer (October 3, 1982);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Heavyweight title defeating Masked Superstar (November 17, 1982);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Heavyweight title defeating Tommy Rich (March 1983);
  • AWF (American Wrestling Federation) Heavyweight title defeating Stan Lane [Tournament] (December 16, 1991);
  • UWF (Herb Abrams) Southern States Heavyweight title defeating Bob Orton Jr. (June 22, 1992);
  • NWL (National Wrestling League) Tag Team titles w/ Brian Blair (1993);
  • WCW World Television title defeating Erik Watts in a Tournament Final (March 2, 1993);
  • WCW World Tag Team titles w/ Paul Roma defeating Kevin Sullivan and Cactus Jack (July 17, 1994);
  • WCW World Tag Team titles w/ Paul Roma defeating The Patriot and Marcus Bagwell (October 23, 1994);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning

  • Paul Orndorff and Shane Douglas are cousins.
  • Paul Orndorff was trained by Hiro Matsuda at the same time as Hulk Hogan.

Mid-South

  • 1978: Paul won the North American Championship twice, winning and losing to and from “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd.

Mid-Atlantic

  • 1978: Paul competed in the Mid-Atlantic area.
  • December 1978: Paul teamed with Jimmy Snuka to win NWA World Tag Team Titles from Greg Valentine and Baron Von Raschke.
  • ~~~April 28, 1979: They lost the belts to Baron Von Raschke and Paul Jones.

Mid-South Return

  • July 21, 1979: Paul was defeated by Angelo Mosca Sr at a Superdome event.
  • October 1979: Paul teamed with Dick Slater to win the Southeastern Tag Team Titles.
  • Summer 1980: Paul began a feud with Ken Mantell in Mid-South.
  • ~~~Mantell had a tradition of cutting opponents’ hair.
  • ~~~Mantell even managed to give Orndorff an unwanted haircut.
  • ~~~Paul defeated Mantell and was awarded the right to use the infamous Freebird Hair-Removal Creme on Mantell’s scalp.
  • ~~~August 1980 – Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza: Paul continued his success by defeating Mantell in a rematch.
  • November 1980: Ernie Ladd and Leroy Brown injured Paul’s brother Terry Orndorff while winning the Mid-South Tag Team Titles.
  • ~~~Nov/1980 – Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza: Big brother Paul sought revenge, but he lost to Ladd in a “Lights out” match.
  • Paul later returned to the Southeast Continental Area where he teamed up with Norvell Austin.
  • ~~~They defeated Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose for the Southeast Continental Tag Team Titles.
  • Paul came back to Mid-South yet again.
  • Paul overslept on the day of his title shot against North American Champion The Grappler.
  • ~~~When substitute Jake Roberts took the belt from The Grappler, Orndorff went berzerk.
  • ~~~Paul’s obession with the belt cost him his popularity with the fans.
  • ~~~July 4, 1981 – Superdome: Paul Orndorff defeated Jake Roberts for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight title.
  • ~~~Paul later lost a “lights out” match to The Junkyard Dog that same night.
  • Paul entered feuds with JYD, Ted DiBiase, Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch while aligned with Bob Roop and Bob Orton Jr.
  • November 1, 1981: Paul lost his North American Title to Ted DiBiase.

Georgia

  • June 20, 1982: Paul beat Buzz Sawyer for the National Title.
  • Paul vacated it that summer to concentrate on an unsuccessful World Title chase against NWA World Champion Ric Flair.
  • Paul, acting as a sort of American patriot, feuded with Ivan Koloff.
  • October 1982: Paul later defeated The Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) to recapture the National Title.
  • ~~~Paul also traded the National Title with The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie).
  • ~~~When Larry Zbyszko failed to win the title from Orndorff, he paid Killer Tim Brooks $25,000 to take him out.
  • ~~~Brooks clobbered Orndorff with a chair to win the title but the decision was overturned.

World Wrestling Federation – Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff vs. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T

  • Paul Orndorff signed with the WWF and aligned himself with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as a heel.
  • January 1984 – Madison Square Garden: Paul Orndorff defeated Salvatore Bellomo with a Piledriver.
  • Paul Orndorff was granted several title shots at WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan, with no success.
  • February 1984: Paul Orndorff faced Hulk Hogan in Hogan’s first New York City title defense.
  • Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper and David Shultz vs. Ivan Putski and Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson in a six-man war.
  • July 23, 1984 – Brawl To Settle It All: Paul Orndorff defeated Chief Jay Strongbow in a dark match.
  • Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff was also a frequent challenger to Intercontinental Champion, Tito Santana.
  • Paul Orndorff joined Roddy Piper (w/ Bob Orton) to feud with Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and The Tonga Kid.
  • Paul also did Piper a favor by injuring Junk Yard Dog just prior to JYD’s scheduled appearance on Piper’s Pit.
  • ~~~Without JYD around, Piper, Orton, and Orndorff all started to harass Salvadore Bellomo in his place.
  • ~~~However, JYD emerged from the back, along with bloody bandages and a steel chair to fend off the heels.
  • Paul had a brief rivalry with young David Sammartino, with Roddy Piper and Bruno Sammartino getting involved.
  • ~~~Bruno Sammartino and David Sammartino defeated Paul Orndorff and Rowdy Roddy Piper in a tag team match.
  • Late 1984: Paul Orndorff was drawn into Rowdy Roddy Piper sudden feud with several Hollywood Celebrities.
  • ~~~Rowdy Roddy Piper went as far as to attack Captain Lou Albano and Cyndi Lauper and ignited a big feud.
  • February 18, 1985 – War To Settle The Score: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff defeated “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas.
  • In the Main Event, Paul interfered on Piper’s behalf causing a DQ, until Mr T hit the ring to make the save!
  • Wrestlemania 1: Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper (w/ Bob Orton) were defeated by Hulk Hogan and Mr.T (w/ Jimmy Snuka).
  • ~~~After being the victim of the pinfall, Paul Orndorff was abandoned in the ring by Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton.

World Wrestling Federation – Paul Orndorff and Hulk Hogan

  • Saturday Night’s Main Event: Paul Orndorff shook Hulk Hogan’s hand after failing to defeat him in a title match.
  • Paul Orndorff was a guest on Piper’s Pit and Piper labeled Orndorff as a “loser” and blamed him for the WM loss.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff was well aware that the verbal insults were all a distraction for something else.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff caught Bob Orton trying to attack from behind and then refocused on Roddy Piper.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff attempted his piledriver on Roddy Piper but was decked from behind by Orton’s cast.
  • ~~~Before a two-on-one beat-down could go down, Mr T rushed to rescue Paul Orndorff for a second time.
  • Hulk Hogan and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Ordorff then feuded with Rowdy Roddy Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton.
  • July 8, 1985 – King of the Ring: Paul Orndorff vs. Bob Orton in a 1st round match ended in a Double DQ.
  • July 1985 – MSG: Paul Orndorff defeated Roddy Piper in the “Match Of Honor” by DQ when Orton interfered.
  • ~~~Roddy Piper and Bob Orton beat up Paul Orndorff until The British Bulldogs ran in and made the save.
  • October 5, 1985 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Paul Orndorff vs. Roddy Piper ended in a Double Countout.
  • August 13, 1985 – Ohio State Fair: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff defeated The Iron Sheik.
  • Madison Square Garden: Paul Orndorff and Andre The Giant defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper and Bob Orton.
  • Late 1985: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan placed a $50,000 bounty on the head of Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff.
  • November 7, 1985 – Wrestling Classic: Paul Orndorff defeated Bob Orton by DQ in the 1st Round of the Tournament.
  • ~~~”Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Tito Santana ended in a Double Countout in the 2nd round of the Tournament.
  • April 7, 1986 – WrestleMania 2: Paul Orndorff vs. Magnificent Don Muraco w/ Mr Fuji ended in a Double Countout.
  • Paul Orndorff was mocked by Adorable Adrian Adonis, who claimed Orndorff was merely Hulk Hogan’s sidekick.
  • May 3, 1986 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: “Adorable” Adrian Adonis defeated Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff by DQ.

World Wrestling Federation – Paul Orndorff betrays Hulk Hogan

  • “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff then started a feud with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Big John Studd.
  • Paul Orndorff and Hulk Hogan reunited in a tag match against The Moondogs, but there was obvious tension.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff nearly wrestled the entire match by himself, in an attempt to upstage his partner.
  • June 24, 1986: Paul Orndorff and Hulk Hogan defeated Studd and Bundy by DQ when Ordorff turned on Hulk Hogan.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff nailed Hogan with a devastating piledriver, then mocked Hogan by cupping his hands to his ear.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff embraced Heenan, Bundy, Studd and even Adrian Adonis, who kept repeating “You were WONDERFUL!”

World Wrestling Federation – The Heenan Family

  • Paul Ordorff stole Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” entrance music to get under the skin of the World Champion.
  • August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Ordorff w/ Bobby Heenan by DQ to retain the WWF title.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff covered Hulk Hogan and the referee tapped (Orndorff’s shoulder) three times to signify a DQ.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff celebrated with the championship belt anyway, thinking he had won the prized World title.
  • ~~~The referee informed everybody that Hogan had won the match upon a DQ, therefor the title didn’t change.
  • October 4, 1986 – SNME: Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Orndorff by DQ to retain the WWF World title.
  • November 24, 1986: Rowdy Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Orndorff and Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan.
  • ~~~Piper pinned Race and stormed out of the ring, leaving Hogan to battle off Heenan, Race, and Orndorff.
  • January 3, 1987 – SNME: Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Orndorff in one of the greatest steel cage matches of all time.
  • ~~~With two different referees focused on each man, the competitors dropped to the floor at the same time!
  • ~~~Joey Morella declared Hogan the winner, while Danny Davis tried to give the match and title to Orndorff.
  • ~~~Hulk Hogan rushed to attack Paul Orndorff again, and he wiped out Referee Danny Davis in the process.
  • ~~~Joey Marella decided that, in all fairness, the match must be restarted and both reentered the cage.
  • ~~~This time, Hulk Hogan endured all of Orndorff’s offense and delivered his legdrop and go on to win.
  • Madison Square Garden: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff defeated George “The Animal” Steele.
  • June 1987: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff defeated Junk Yard Dog.

World Wrestling Federation – The Good Guy

  • Paul Orndorff fired Bobby Heenan and introduced his new manager, the popular Sir Oliver Humperdink.
  • October 3, 1987 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: King Kong Bundy defeated Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff.
  • Paul Orndorff began feuding with Bobby Heenan’s newest Heenan Family addition, Ravishing Rick Rude.
  • Madison Square Garden: Ravishing Rick Rude defeated Paul Orndorff at two consecutive MSG events.
  • Survivor Series 1987: Hulk Hogan put Orndorff on his Hulkamaniacs Team losing to Andre The Giant’s Team.

Stepping Back

  • Paul Orndorff stopped wrestling for several years, there were rumors circulating that Orndorff had passed away.
  • Paul Orndorff, in reality, actually ran a popular Bowling Ally in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Indy Circuit

  • 1990: Paul Orndorff was wrestling in some lesser-known promotions.
  • Paul took on the popular Kerry Von Erich in a series of matches.

National Wrestling Alliance

  • Summer 1990: Paul Orndorff resurfaced in NWA as part of Sting’s “The Dudes With Attitudes”.
  • ~~~This group included Sting, Steiner Brothers, Lex Luger, Junk Yard Dog, and of course Paul Orndorff.
  • ~~~The “Dudes With Attitude” feuded with the heel Four Horsemen.
  • Paul Orndorff eventually disappeared from the NWA.

Herb Abrams’ UWF Promotion

  • 1991: Paul Orndorff was one of the wrestlers to participate in Herb Abrams’ UWF promotion.
  • Paul began an intense rivalry with Steve Williams and later reignited his feud with Cowboy Bob Orton.
  • Beach Brawl: Paul met and defeated Colonel DeBeers in a strap match.
  • Paul would periodically show up in the UWF over the course of the early 1990′s.

NWF

  • Paul also wrestled for the NWF, which operated in what used to be the old Mid-South area.
  • Paul was an occasional tag team partner of Chris Adams, as they battled the likes of Bob Orton and Buddy Landel.

Smokey Mountain Wrestling

  • 1992: Smokey Mountain Wrestling opened its doors and held a tournament for its heavyweight title.
  • ~~~The Dirty White Boy (Tony Anthony), Buddy Landel, and “Prime Time” Brian Lee were all invited to participate.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff’s name was there too, but as “an alternate!”
  • ~~~This insult was enough to swing the pendulum of Orndorff’s mood in a nasty direction.
  • ~~~Paul started ranting about having had victories over Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
  • ~~~Paul then destroyed Hector Guerrero . and anyone else who dared to step in the ring.
  • ~~~At the Volunteer Slam Event: Paul steamrolled through Tim Horner and Robert Gibson to meet Brian Lee in the finals.
  • ~~~SMW Commissioner Bob Armstrong tried to award the title to Orndorff due an injury Lee had suffered.
  • ~~~Instead, Lee demanded the match, Orndorff’s temper erupted, and Lee won the title by Disqualification!
  • Paul Orndorff started an alliance with The Dirty White Boy, and they relished in attacking Lee at will.
  • ~~~Paul even used a suitcase to bash Lee in the face, while “DWB” hung Hector Guererro by his necktie.
  • ~~~Lee responded by acquiring Ronnie Garvin as his tag team partner against Orndorff and DWB.
  • August 1992 – Fire On The Mountain: Paul Orndorff was defeated by Ronnie Garvin in a special “Piledriver Match”.
  • Ater losing a match to Tracy Smothers, Orndorff decided to deliver one more piledriver – to the referee!
  • ~~~This incident caused him to be evicted from Smokey Mountain.

World Championship Wrestling

  • Paul Orndorff made a controversial return to World Championship Wrestling, managed by Harley Race.
  • ~~~Harley Race held a special “tough man’s” match between Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) and Paul Orndorff.
  • ~~~The winner replacing Ravishing Rick Rude in the Thunderdome Cage match at Clash of Champions.
  • ~~~For some reason, Harley Race tried to assist Paul Orndorff, which Cactus Jack did not appreciate.
  • ~~~Cactus Jack belted Harley Race from the ring apron but Big Van Vader and Orndorff double-teamed Cactus!
  • ~~~Harley Race officially announced Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff as his selection!
  • January 18, 1993 WCW Clash: Dustin Rhodes and Sting and Cactus Jack beat Vader and Paul Orndorff and Barry Windham (Cage Match).
  • ~~~Ron Simmons, Van Hammer, and The Barbarian were all taken out of the match due to injuries.
  • ~~~Although it was a steel cage match, that did not stop Cactus Jack from entering the fray.
  • January 30, 1993 WCW Power Hour: Cactus Jack vs. Paul Orndorff ended in a Double Count Out.
  • ~~~After the match; both men had to be dragged away by security after starting to fight.
  • February 21, 1993 SuperBrawl III: Cactus Jack defeated Paul Orndorff in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.
  • March 27, 1993 WCW Power Hour: Paul Orndorff won a Tournament to win the Vacant WCW Television Title.
  • ~~~Too Cold Scorpio, Cactus Jack, Johnny B Badd, and Erik Watts all fell to the abilities of Mr Wonderful.
  • May 23, 1993 Slamboree: Paul Orndorff and Rick Rude defeated Dustin Rhodes and Kensuke Sasaki.
  • Paul suffered a hamstring injury which caused him to miss his scheduled match with Ron Simmons at CotC.
  • July 18, 1993 Beach Blast: Paul Orndorff defeated Ron Simmons by DQ to retain the WCW Television Title.
  • August 1993 – Clash of the Champions: Ricky Steamboat defeated Paul Orndorff to win the Television title.
  • September 19, 1993 Fall Brawl: Too Cold Scorpio and Marcus Bagwell defeated The Equalizer and Paul Orndorff.
  • October 24, 1993 Halloween Havoc: Paul Orndorff (sub for Yoshi Kwan) defeated Ricky Steamboat by Count Out.
  • November 10, 1993 WCW Clash: Dustin Rhodes w/ Dusty Rhodes defeated Paul Orndorff w/ Assassin to retain the US title.
  • November 20, 1993 BattleBowl (Lethal Lottery): The Shockmaster and Paul Orndorff defeated Steven Regal and Ricky Steamboat.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff and Shockmaster (Fred Ottman) went into the final battle royal, which was won by Big Van Vader.

World Championship Wrestling – Pretty Wonderful

  • Late 1993 – WCW Saturday Night: Paul Orndorff and Steve Austin defeated Arn Anderson and Paul Roma.
  • ~~~Paul Roma recruited Erik Watts as a partner to do battle against Paul Orndorff and Stunning Steve Austin.
  • ~~~Paul Roma blatantly turned against Erik Watts and announced a new partnership – with Paul Orndorff!
  • ~~~”Pretty” Paul Roma and Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff became known as “Pretty Wonderful,” managed by the Assassin.
  • December 27, 1993 Starrcade: Pretty Wonderful (Orndorff and Roma) defeated Marcus Bagwell and Too Cold Scorpio.
  • January 27, 1994 WCW Clash: Marcus Bagwell and Too Cold Scorpio defeated Pretty Wonderful w/ The Assassin.
  • February 20, 1994 Superbrawl IV: Paul Orndorff participated on the losing team in a Thunderdome Cage Match.
  • ~~~Sting and Brian Pillman and Dustin Rhodes defeated Ravishing Rick Rude and Stunning Steve Austin and Paul Orndorff.

World Championship Wrestling – Pretty Wonderful II

  • May 1994: Paul Orndorff and Paul Roma reunited but without Assassin as their manager.
  • May 22, 1994 Slamboree: Pretty Wonderful (Paul Orndorff and Paul Roma) defeated Brad Armstrong and Brian Armstrong.
  • Summer 1994: Pretty Wonderful attacked Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan (Tag Champs) using Dave Sullivan’s crutch.
  • July 17, 1994 Bash at the Beach: Pretty Wonderful defeated Kevin Sullivan and Cactus Jack to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles.
  • August 28, 1994 WCW Clash: The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated Pretty Wonderful in a Non Title match.
  • September 18, 1994 Fall Brawl: Pretty Wonderful defeated Stars and Stripes to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles.
  • September 25, 1994 – WCW: Marcus Bagwell and The Patriot defeated Pretty Wonderful to win the WCW World Tag Team titles.
  • October 23, 1994 Halloween Havoc: Pretty Winderful defeated Stars and Stripes to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles.
  • November 16, 1994 WCW Clash: Marcus Bagwell and The Patriot defeated Pretty Wonderful to win the Tag Team titles.
  • ~~~The matched ended with two simultaneous pinfalls, but was match was awarded to Stars and Stripes.
  • Pretty Wonderful split up shortly thereafter.

World Championship Wrestling – Singles Wrestler

  • SuperBrawl V: Paul Orndorff defeated Brad Armstrong in a non-televised match.
  • US Title Tournament: Paul Orndorff defeated Johnny B Badd in the 1st round
  • US Title Tournament: Sting defeated Paul Orndoeff in the 2nd round.
  • Slamboree 1995: The Great Muta defeated Paul Orndorff to retain the IWGP World title.
  • June 1995 – TV Title Tournament: Paul Orndorff defeated “Flyin’” Brian Pillman.
  • Bash At The Beach 1995: The Renegade defeated Paul Orndorff in the finals to win the Television title.

World Championship Wrestling – Last Run

  • WCW TV 1995: Paul Orndorff was soundly trounced by Randy “Macho Man” Savage.
  • ~~~After the match, there was a mysterious visitor to Orndorff’s dressing room, Gary Spivey!
  • ~~~Psychic Network’s Gary Spivey flooded Orndorff’s head with positive encouragement.
  • ~~~The “Mr Wonderful” gimmick was reborn and exagerated more than it had ever been.
  • ~~~Mr Wonderful brought a mirror to the ring so he could admire himself before and after his match.
  • August 4, 1995 WCW Clash of Champions: Renegade defeated Paul Orndorff to retain the WCW Television Title.
  • August 29, 1995: Paul and Vader are involved in a locker room altercation which ultimately led to Vader’s firing.
  • September 18, 1995 WCW Nitro: Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff defeated Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero).
  • Halloween Havoc 1995: Paul Orndorff defeated the Renegade (who had lost the TV title by then) in a non-televised match.
  • World War III 1995: Paul Orndorff competed in the 60-man battle royal and was eliminated by non-other than Hulk Hogan!

World Championship Wrestling – Retirement Storyline

  • December 11, 1995 – Nitro: Paul Orndorff defeated Disco Inferno but was brutally attacked by The Four Horsemen!
  • ~~~Brian Pillman insulted Paul Orndorff’s allegance with Psychic Network’s Gary Spivey.
  • ~~~Arn Anderson and Ric Flair executed a spiked piledriver on Paul Orndorff off the Nitro stage.
  • ~~~Orndorff emerged weeks later sporting a neckbrace and made several non-wrestling appearances.
  • Starrcade 1995: Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage was made more interesting by Paul Orndorff appearance but he did not get involved.
  • Clash of the Champions: Paul Orndorff gave an interview about the extent of his injuries.
  • February 5, 1996 – Nitro: Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson had a backstage brawl with Kevin Sullivan and Hugh Morrus.
  • ~~~Suddenly, “The Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman was struck from behind by a broom handle!
  • ~~~Moments later, Orndorff made a brief appearance at the announcers’ booth, carrying a broken broom handle!

World Championship Wrestling – Trainer

  • 1996-2000: Paul Orndorff became a trainer at the WCW Power Plant facility in Altanta, Georgia.
  • ~~~Orndorff trained such wrestlers as Goldberg, O’Haire, Jindrak, Sanders, Palumbo, Midnight, and others.
  • 2000: The “Powers that Be” decided to punish Paul Orndorff for being such a successful teacher (storyline).
  • They demanded that he come out of retirement and wrestle in a handicap match against Creative Control (Harris Twins).
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff was defeated by Creative Control by DQ when Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko interfered.
  • Fall Brawl 2000: Paul Orndorff and the Filthy Animals vs. The Natural Born Thrillers was ruled a NO CONTEST.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff used his piledriver on several of the NBT, but suffered a serious (legitimate) injury on the last one.
  • ~~~Paul Orndorff was diagnosed with a temporary nerve injury (aka a “stinger”) and fortunately recovered in time.

WWE Hall of Fame – Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff

  • April 2, 2005 – Hall of Fame Ceremony: Paul Orndorff was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame along with 6 others in Los Angeles.
  • February 25, 2006 – Conneticut Championship Wrestling: Paul Roma and Paul Orndorff (aka Pretty Wonderful) had a public reunion.
  • November 17, 2006 – National Wrestling Superstars: The TV Clown w/ Paul Orndorff defeated Salvatore Sincere.
  • January 5, 2011: Paul Orndorff (aged 61) revealed in an interview that he has been diagnosed with cancer.