Eric Bischoff has explained the one former WWF and WCW star that reminds him of Kurt Angle, in no small part due to his transition from sports to the wrestling world and comedic chops.
Bischoff was paying tribute to the late ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff who he worked with during the pair’s time together in World Championship Wrestling. Orndorff passed away on the 12th of July at the age of 71 after suffering from dementia.
“Paul Orndorff, Kurt Angle, in many respects are the same kind of cat. I’m not putting Paul’s athletic skill on the same level as Kurt’s, I’m not. But just step back, two amazing athletes, two badasses – everybody knows it – and two guys that could make you fold in half p*ssing yourself laughing in certain situations. They both have that comedic sense to them.”
“Some of Kurt’s best work – Kurt Angle was a cat that could wrestle on Monday night and convince you that he was the most dangerous human being to draw breath. And then on Tuesday night, he’d make you laugh your ass off. He could do both equally as well and transition with no issue whatsoever. Paul was kinda like that. Now Paul wasn’t a great actor but Paul was funny, he had a natural talent and it reminded me so much of a part of Paul that I loved being around.”
‘Mr. Wonderful’ was a huge part of the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-eighties as he feuded with Hulk Hogan over the WWF Championship. Both men competed in the inaugural WrestleMania main event as Orndorff teamed with ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper to face Hogan and Mr. T.