The professional wrestling world lost a legend on Monday, as news broke that “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff died at the age of 71.
Orndorff’s son, Travis made the announcement on his Instagram account.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr. He is better known as “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff,” he posted. “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.”
Orndorff is best known for his runs in both WWF and WCW, where he was featured much as a top heel in the business. He also had a successful career as a collegiate football player at the University of Tampa and had a brief stint in the NFL in 1973.
Orndorff was a multiple-time champion throughout his career. He and Paul Roma were known as Pretty Wonderful and held the tag team titles in WCW. He was also a champion with the likes of Ted DiBiase and Jimmy Snuka. His career was ended abruptly after a neck injury that occurred at WCW Fall Brawl in 2000. He was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
In May, Travis informed the wrestling community that his father was dealing with dementia which was linked to his issues with CTE. Orndorff was a part of the concussion lawsuit against the WWE led by former performers.
“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,” Travis posted.
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