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WWE Hall of Famer ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff dead at age 71

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Paul Orndorff, WWE Corridor of Famer and one of many 4 males to foremost occasion the primary ever WrestleMania, died Monday on the age of 71. The information was introduced by his son, Travis Orndorff, in an Instagram post. The reason for demise was not instantly given.

“It’s with nice unhappiness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr.” Travis Orndorff wrote. “He’s higher referred to as ‘Mr. #1derful’ Paul Orndorff. Most of you’ll keep in mind him for his physique. Many will keep in mind his depth. But when I may solely get you to grasp and see his coronary heart. He’ll all the time be Pop, Paw Paw, and Daddy at dwelling. And as a lot as lots of you hated him as a wrestler, he completely beloved you for it. He was a tremendous father that confirmed me extra love than I ever deserved. I like you Daddy.”

Orndorff was a college football star on the College of Tampa earlier than being chosen by the New Orleans Saints within the 1973 NFL draft. Orndorff didn’t move his bodily and by no means performed within the NFL earlier than starting his wrestling profession three years later.

After a run in a number of totally different territories, which included successful a number of secondary championships, together with a number of runs with the NWA nationwide heavyweight title, Orndorff signed with the WWF in 1983, the place he was ultimately managed by Roddy Piper and given the “Mr. Great” nickname.

The affiliation with Piper landed Orndorff in the principle occasion of the primary WrestleMania, with the pair teaming up in opposition to Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Shortly after WrestleMania, Orndorff turned face and started working alongside Hogan for a interval earlier than ultimately turning heel by attacking him.

The problems with Hogan led to an enormous match at The Large Occasion in Toronto, drawing greater than 75,000 followers, and a metal cage match on Saturday Evening’s Foremost Occasion that introduced the massively profitable Hogan vs. Orndorff feud to an in depth.

Orndorff would ultimately go away WWF for a number of stints in WCW and varied different promotions.

He was inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2005 and made a number of appearances at WWE occasions after that, together with at WrestleMania XXX.

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