Saying goodbye. The wrestling world is a fairly tight knit group and it hurts a lot when the industry loses one of its own. It can be made even harder for some when it is a wrestler that the fans have grown to respect over the years, which was the case with the latest big name to pass away. Now it is time for some people to say their last goodbyes, which have come in fast.

Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff passed away on Monday at the age of 71. Throughout his career, he wrestled just about everywhere, including for the WWF, where he headlined the first WrestleMania. He also spent a considerable amount of time in the NWA/WCW, meaning that he had quite the set of credentials on his resume. Several wrestlers and companies have sent out their condolences and memories of Orndorff.

This one hurts a lot. Check out some of his most famous moments:

Paul Orndorff: 2005 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee

Relive “Mr. Wonderful’s” WrestleMania I performance with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Roddy Piper vs Paul Orndorff 1985

Opinion: Orndorff is one of those names who I have grown to respect so much more over the year. You rarely get a mixture of physique, talking abilities, in-ring prowess and charisma like you would find in Orndorff and it is sad to see that he is gone. I know it is a cliché, but it is nice to know that he is not hurting any longer. He really was great and you should go out of your way to watch some of his work.

What did you think of Orndorff? What was his best match? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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