Hulk Hogan has led the tributes to “Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff after his former rival passed away aged 71.
The news of Orndorff’s passing was announced by his son Travis, who posted an emotional message on Instagram.
In the post Travis said that it was with great sadness that he had to announce the passing of his father, adding that “as much as many of you hated him as a wrestler, he absolutely loved you for it.”
Hogan, who famously squared off against Orndorff and Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 1 wrote that “heaven just got even more wonderful.” Orndorff feuded extensively with Hogan throughout the mid to late 1980’s during the WWE Hall of Famer’s stint in WWE.
Just got slammed with the Paul Orndorff news,RIP my brother,love you and thank you for always making me fight for everything in our matches,heaven just got even more Wonderful,love U4LifeHH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 12, 2021
Numerous wrestling luminaries have lined up to pay tribute to Orndorff who was renowned as one of the greatest heels of his era.
Mick Foley wrote that he loved watching Orndorff as a fan, and working with him as a wrestler. Calling him “one of the all-time greats.”
Wrestling figures past and present such as Edge, Triple H, Jim Ross, Eric Bischoff and Ted DiBiase Sr also took to Twitter to offer their condolences.
“Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff is most well known for his time in WWE during the mid to late 1980’s. Orndorff famously appeared in the main event of the first ever WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden. At the event, the Florida native teamed with Roddy Piper to take on the team of Hulk Hogan and Mr T.
The Hall of Famer continued to feud with Hogan during the rest of his time with the company flanked by his manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
Orndorff entered a period of semi-retirement due to injury in 1988, before returning to the ring in 1990 where he appeared with WCW. He would later leave after a short run with the company before returning in 1992. He remained with WCW, retiring from competition in 1995, later becoming an agent and a trainer.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money for funeral expenses. You can find the link here.
Paul Orndorff is survived by his wife Ronda, their sons Travis and Paul, and eight grandchildren.
Inside The Ropes sends their heartfelt condolences to Paul Orndorff’s family and friends during this difficult time.