“Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff has passed away aged 71.
The news was released by Orndorff’s 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.” Travis continued, “He was an amazing father that showed me more love than I ever deserved. I love you Daddy.”
Although a cause of death is unknown at this time, Travis recently posted a video of his father undergoing treatment in a medical facility.
“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.