WWE Hall of Fame Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff – the man who had epic matches with Hulk hogan in the 1980s – died, his family announced on Monday.
Orndorff’s son, Travis, did not disclose the cause of his father’s death, but said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr. He is better known as name of “Mr. # 1derful “Paul Orndorff.”
Travis continued, “Most of you will remember him for his looks. Many will remember his intensity. But if only I could make you understand and see his heart. He will always be Pop, Paw Paw and Daddy at the House. “
“And so many of you hated him as a wrestler, he absolutely loved you for that.”
Orndorff became a star in the 1980s … after headlining the very first Wrestlemania in 1985.
In this match, Orndorff teamed up Roddy Pipper in the main event to take on Hogan and Mr. T.
Orndorff went on to have many screenplays and matches with Hogan… before officially retiring in 2000. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
“RIP my brother,” the Hulk said in a statement Monday. “I love you and thank you for always making me fight for everything in our matches. Heaven has become even more wonderful. I love U4LifeHH.”
After his retirement, Orndorff made appearances at wrestling events again – he even returned to the ring in a tag team event in 2017 at age 67.
“He was an amazing dad who showed me more love than I deserved,” Travis said, “I love you daddy.”