– On Monday evening it was learned that Paul Orndorff has died at the age of 71. The sad news was announced by his son Travis on social media. “Mr. G. Wonderful” was best known for his appearance in the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, and also served for World Championship Wrestling in 1990 and 1992–2001.
Orndorf began his wrestling career in 1976 after his aspiring career as an NFL footballer did not come true. He initially competed for Mid-South Wrestling and quickly feuded with Jerry “The King” Lawler. He worked for leagues such as SMW, NWA and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) before signing a contract with the WWF in late 1983.
He made his debut as manager with WWE Hall of Famers “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, giving him “Mr. Amazing”. He kept that nickname until the end of his pro-wrestling career in 2000. Orndorf was cast in the main events of the show at an early age and fought Piper alongside Hulk Hogan. The event previously led to the main event of “WrestleMania”, in which Orndorf and Piper lost to Mr. T and Hogan. In later years, Hogan was Orendorf’s great rival, and the feud, which was also shaped by Bobby Heenan, remains one of the most important feuds in the history of North American pro wrestling. Following an arm injury, Orndorff had to put his career on hold for several years before being active in the ring in WCW for a few months. He returned to WCW in 1992 before ending his active career in 2001.
The WWE Hall of Famer was last seen in front of the cameras in 2014. He made his last appearance in front of WWE cameras in August 2014, when he was a guest at Hulk Hogan’s birthday party on Monday Night Raw. The 71-year-old of German descent announced in an interview in January 2011 that he had cancer, which he was able to beat in August of the same year. He has been battling with his health in recent months. His son last said on social media that his father was in a medical facility because he had dementia. He speculated that the dementia was caused by various setbacks during his wrestling career. As a result, Orndorf was also represented in a class action lawsuit against WWE in 2016.
Wrestling-Infos.de extends our deepest condolences to his family, fans and friends.
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