Paul Orndorff Biography and Wiki
Paul Orndorff was an American professional wrestler famous to fans as “Mr. Wonderful,” Orndorff made appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Orndorff was a standout running back at the University of Tampa and joined Mid-Southern Wrestling after a brief stint in the World Football League. Early rivalries with Jerry Lawler, Ted Dibiase and Jake “The Snake” Roberts gave way to NWA North American Heavyweight and National Heavyweight Championship reigns.
Orndorff joined WWE in 1983 and was tabbed with the “Mr. Wonderful” nickname by his then-manager “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. He made a memorable debut on January 23, 1984, with a win over Salvatore Bellomo at Madison Square Garden and launched right into the main event picture with matches against World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. Mr. Wonderful achieved sports-entertainment immortality by competing alongside Piper to face Hogan and Mr. T in the main event of WrestleMania I.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Wonderful began competing for WCW. It was here that Orndorff captured his first major championship when he defeated Erik Watts in a tournament final on March 2, 1993, to become Television Champion. Orndorff’s championship reigns did not stop there, however, as he was also a two-time WCW Tag Team Champion with Paul Roma in 1994.
When Orndorff’s in-ring days came to an end, the former master of the piledriver became a trainer for WCW’s Power Plant. As a trainer, Orndorff molded a generation of promising stars, including Mark Jindrak, Stacy Keibler and Goldberg.
Paul Orndorff Age
Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr. was born on October 29, 1949, in Winchester, Virginia. He died on July 12, 2021, in Fayetteville, Georgia. He was 71.
Paul Orndorff Net Worth
Paul Orndorff’s net worth is estimated to be $0.5 million.
Paul Orndorff Wife
Was Paul Orndorff married? He was married to his wife Ronda Maxwell Orndorff from 1971 to his death in July 2021.
Paul Orndorff Children
Paul Orndorff and wife Ronda Maxwell have two children: sons Travis Orndorff and Paul Orndorff III.
Paul Orndorff Family
Paul Orndorff married his high school girlfriend Ronda Maxwell Orndorff. They have two sons, Paul Orndorff III and Travis Orndorff, as well as eight grandchildren. Paul has one sister Patricia Orndorff and has two brothers named Mickey Ronald Cain and Terry Orndorff, with whom he wrestled briefly as a tag team in the early 1980s.
Paul Orndorff Death
WWE Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff passed away on July 12, 2021, at the age of 71 in Fayetteville, Georgia, shortly after being diagnosed with dementia. Orndorff’s death was announced by his son Travis in an Instagram post. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr.,” Travis wrote. “He is better known as “Mr. #1derful” Paul Orndorff. Most of you will remember him for his physique. Many will remember his intensity. But if I could only get you to understand and see his heart. He will always be Pop, Paw Paw, and Daddy at home. And as much as many of you hated him as a wrestler, he absolutely loved you for it. He was an amazing father that showed me more love than I ever deserved. I love you Daddy.”
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Paul Orndorff, known to fans as “Mr. Wonderful,” passed away at the age of 71,” WWE said in a statement. “WWE extends its condolences to Orndorff’s family and friends.”
Paul Orndorff Cause of Death
Paul Orndorff died shortly after being diagnosed with dementia. It is unclear if dementia played a role in his death.
Paul Orndorff Health
WWE Hall Of Famer Paul Orndorff’s health had declined. His son Troy confirmed on social media that his father was suffering from dementia, which Travis believed was the result of the brain disease CTE. CTE cannot be diagnosed until after a person is deceased but Troy said that his father’s condition is a result of the blows he took when he was a professional wrestler.
Travis said on Instagram: “This is real! Keep him in your prayers. Please share this video. CTE is real. This is the reality for many of our childhood heroes. Thank you for the amazing support and messages. They will get shared with my father on my next visit.”
In 2016, the WWE Hall Of Famer was part of a class-action lawsuit against WWE that alleged that wrestlers suffered “long term neurological injuries” and that WWE “routinely failed to care” for and they “fraudulently misrepresented and concealed” the nature of the injuries.
The lawsuit was dismissed in 2018 by US District Judge Vanessa Lynne Bryant. The judge stated that the case was dismissed because some of the claims listed were frivolous and other claims were filed after the statute of limitations expired.