Paul Orndorff


Real Name - Paul Martin
Birthdate - 10/29/49
5'11" 220 lbs. - Atlanta, GA

Aliases - none

Athletic background - Football (University of Tampa)

Professional history - Mid-South(`7?-`78), Mid-Atlantic(`78-`79), Mid-South(`79-`82), Alabama(`79-`81), Georgia(`82-`83), WWF(`83-`87), WCW(`90-`91), UWF(`91), NWF(`91), SMW(`92-`93), WCW(`92-`01)

Groups - Heenan Family, Dudes with Attitude

Peak Years - `79-`86

Career Highlights -
- Wins the Mid-South North American Heavyweight title from local bigwig, Ernie Ladd
- Defeats Buzz Sawyer to win the Georgia National title
- Teams with Roddy Piper to battle Hulk Hogan & Mr.T at the main event of Wrestlemania
- Following his inability to become the champ, Piper and Bob Orton turn on Orndorff and he is made a babyface
- Does the WWF's biggest crowd at that time main eventing with Hogan in Toronto after he turn on him in a tag match

Finisher(s) -
- Piledriver

Favorites -
- Flying Bionic Elbow
- Suplex
- Lariat
- Driving Elbowdrop
- Uppercutt

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 7
science - 2
aerial - 2
power - 8
strikes - 8

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 7
selling - 7
bumping - 7
carrying - 8
heat - 7
legacy - 5

Place in History - Often considered one of the toughest guys to ever lace up a pair of boots, Paul Orndorff's intensity, look and in-ring ability made him a natural top heel. Like many physical specimens however promoters kept trying to make him a babyface, but to no avail. While Orndorff was an exciting, intense babyface who could get great heat, it did not play to his strengths as well as one would hope. His career was really made by a great heel run against Hogan that was perhaps Hogan's best during his `83-`88 title run. Though it etched his name in history as a great drawing heel, it marked the end of his career as a top level star as nerve damage in his neck sidelined him for sometime. Orndorff went onto to be a respectable wrestler in WCW amongst other companies, but his undeveloped arm and age were serious Achilles' heels and he never moved out of the midcard. He became a sound trainer though and while the Power Plant hasn't produced any great stars, it has provided some guys who still have great potential.