I’m still watching a Saturday Night’s Main Event headlined by Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff so it’s pretty sad to hear he died today at 71.
Orndorff was one of my 80s favorites and hated. His heel turn on Hogan easily remains one of the Top 5 best. He and Hogan had some legit bangers including the steel cage double drop instant replay finish.
I was thrilled when he joined WCW as one of the Dudes With Attitude alongside Sting, Junkyard Dog and Lex Luger. He had an underrated great match with Arn Anderson and remained a player in WCW through 1995 including a fun tag team with Paul Roma. And his makeover at the end of his career was a highlight in the pre-nWo era.
Here’s some of the tributes from Orndorff’s peers and fans.
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
I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of Paul Orndorff. As a fan, I loved watching him. As a wrestler, I loved working with him. He brought intensity and believability to every match and promo. Truly one of the all-time greats. #RIPPaulOrndorff pic.twitter.com/0YgngeUX2P
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) July 12, 2021
My heart and my prayers go out to the family of my friend and colleague, Mr. Wonderful, Paul Orndorff. Great wrestler and many great memories.
Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/wmmAxtNpA5
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) July 12, 2021
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— Brutus Beefcake (@brutusbeefcake_) July 12, 2021
So Sorry To Hear Of The Passing Of Paul Orndorff aka Mr. Wonderful aka The Brandon Bull. Great Guy, Legit Tough! He Was Another Amazing Athlete That I Had The Pleasure Of Wrestling An Hour For The NWA Championship On Many Occasions! Rest In Peace! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/5dFDmqZh2N
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) July 12, 2021
Paul Orndorff was the first wrestler I hated & feared as a child. I was at the Big Event in Toronto. Changed my life. Years later the morning before WrestleMania 21, I trained with him and Hulk. I was a little kid again. One of my fondest memories. Thank you for all of them Paul. pic.twitter.com/h7crlyHme6
— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) July 12, 2021
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) July 12, 2021
Paul was such a big part of why I was a WWF fan back in the day. His run on the old SNMEs were incredible. He had the best feud with Hogan. RIP Mr Wonderful.
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) July 12, 2021
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff has passed away at the age of 71.
WWE extends its condolences to Orndorff’s family and friends.https://t.co/dtWZHJk3x3
— WWE (@WWE) July 12, 2021