WWE is saddened to be taught that WWE Corridor of Famer Paul Orndorff, identified to followers as “Mr. Great,” handed away on the age of 71.
Orndorff was a standout working again on the College of Tampa and joined Mid-Southern Wrestling after a quick stint within the World Soccer League. Early rivalries with Jerry Lawler, Ted Dibiase and Jake “The Snake” Roberts gave method to NWA North American Heavyweight and Nationwide Heavyweight Championship reigns.
Orndorff joined WWE in 1983 and was tabbed with the “Mr. Great” nickname by his then-manager “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Along with his awe-insipring in-ring model and umatched swagger, “Mr. Great” turned his expertise right into a prototype for the modern-day Celebrity. He made a memorable debut on January 23, 1984, with a win over Salvatore Bellomo at Madison Sq. Backyard and launched proper into the primary occasion image with matches towards World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. Mr. Great achieved sports-entertainment immortality by competing alongside Piper to face Hogan and Mr. T in the primary occasion of WrestleMania I.
Within the early Nineteen Nineties, Mr. Great started competing for WCW. It was right here that Orndorff captured his first main championship when he defeated Erik Watts in a event last on March 2, 1993, to turn out to be Tv Champion. Orndorff’s championship reigns didn’t cease there, nonetheless, as he was additionally a two-time WCW Tag Crew Champion with Paul Roma in 1994.
When Orndorff’s in-ring days got here to an finish, the previous grasp of the piledriver turned a coach for WCW’s Energy Plant. As a coach, Orndorff molded a technology of promising stars, together with Mark Jindrak, Stacy Keibler and Goldberg.
WWE extends its condolences to Orndorff’s household and associates.