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Paul Parlette Orndorff, Jr. (October 29, 1949 - July 12, 2021) is an American former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Orndorff became one of the most powerful and popular superstars of the infamous 1980's WWF wrestling boom. Orndorff's feud with Hulk Hogan in 1985-1986 is considered to be one of the greatest feuds in wrestling history and helped launch Hogan's career to the zenith of Hulkamania. Orndorff departed the WWF for WCW in early 1988. After retiring, Orndorff worked as a professional wrestling trainer. In 2011, Orndorff was diagnosed with cancer, but went through treatment and was declared cancer free by the end of 2011.

Orndorff started wrestling in 1976 after playing for one year in the World Football League and initially worked for a number of wrestling promotions in the southern states of the United States such as Mid-Southern Wrestling, Southeast Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling and Georgia Championship Wrestling. In 1983 he made his debut for the WWF, portraying a narcissistic bad guy and was part of the main event of the first ever WrestleMania show. He would later team up with WWF's top name, Hulk Hogan, leading to a storyline where Orndorff turned on Hogan and the two had a high profile feud. Orndorff suffered an arm injury during the time and retired for a number of years before returning in 1990, working primarily for WCW. In WCW he won several titles including the WCW World Television Championship as well as the WCW World Tag Team Championship with Paul Roma (as a team called Pretty Wonderful). His recurring arm issues due to the 1988 injury led Orndorff to retire in 2000. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame in 2009.

See Also

WWE Alumni, WCW Alumni