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Bob Orton, Jr.
Ring name(s) Bob Orton
Bob Orton Jr.
"Ace Cowboy" Orton[1]
"Boxing" Bob Orton
"Battling" Bob Orton
The Invader
"Cowboy" Bob Orton[1]
"Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr.
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight 242 lb (110 kg)[1]
Born November 10, 1950 (1950-11-10) (age 59)[1]
Kansas City, Kansas[1]
Resides Florissant, Missouri
Billed from Kansas City, Kansas
Trained by Hiro Matsuda[1]
Eddie Graham[1]
Jack Brisco[1]
Debut 1972[1]

Robert Keith Orton (born November 10, 1950)[1] is a former American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Cowboy" Bob Orton. He is the father of wrestler Randy Orton, who is signed to World Wrestling Entertainment. Orton's father, Bob Orton, Sr., and brother, Barry O, were also professional wrestlers.



Early career

Orton started wrestling in 1972 in the Florida and Georgia territories, sometimes performing under a mask and using the name "Young Mr. Wrestling". He often teamed with his father, Bob Orton. He made a name for himself in the early to mid-1980s in the National Wrestling Alliance, where he formed a tag team with Don Kernodle and won the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Orton was also involved in an angle where he and Dick Slater accepted a $25,000 offer by then NWA World Champion Harley Race to end the career of Ric Flair in 1983. Orton, Slater, and Race attacked Flair and delivered a spike piledriver, "injuring" Flair's neck. Flair subsequently "retired" then returned and assaulted Slater and Orton with a baseball bat.

WWF run

In 1984, Orton re-joined the World Wrestling Federation as a heel for what would be the most famous run of his career. He was often addressed as "Ace" Orton by Roddy Piper, and was Piper's bodyguard. His other gimmick stemmed from legitimately having his left forearm broken in a match with Jimmy Snuka at the 1985 event The War to Settle the Score in Madison Square Garden. Thereafter, he was supposedly required him to wear a cast for the rest of 1985 and early 1986. He used the cast to illegally win his matches by striking opponents with it behind the back of the referee.

Orton was involved in the main event of the very first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden in 1985, being in the corner of Piper and 'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff in their match against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Orton accidentally cost his team the match after an attempted cheat backfired, resulting in him hitting Orndorff with the cast. Orton also competed in the main event against WWF Champion Hulk Hogan on the premiere episode of Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC broadcast May 11, 1985, which he lost by disqualification due to the interference of Piper.

Orton remained with Piper for the remainder of 1985, feuding with Orndorff and a variety of partners, such as Hogan, André the Giant, and Bruno Sammartino. In early 1986, Orndorff began wearing a cast as a neutralizer and the WWF ordered both men to remove the cast.

Orton was dubbed "Boxing" Bob and "Battling" Bob in early 1986 after the cast came off and fought Mr. T at Saturday Night's Main Event, which served as a setup for the Piper-Mr. T match at WrestleMania 2. At WrestleMania Orton was introduced as "Ace in Comedy and Funnyman" by guest ring announcer Joan Rivers who misread the card.

Piper and Orton went their separate ways after WrestleMania, with Piper taking a hiatus and Orton in the meantime becoming the bodyguard for Piper's talk-segment successor Adorable Adrian Adonis; Adonis had Orton wear a pink cowboy hat. Orton would turn against Piper when Piper returned to reclaim his segment time from Adonis and Piper and Orton wrestled in many matches throughout the country, typically with Piper winning. During this time, Orton formed a tag team with Don Muraco, with the duo managed by Mr. Fuji. They won several matches and appeared at WrestleMania III, losing to the Can-Am Connection. They split up during the summer of 1987 on bad terms.

Career after WWF

Orton in a match against Jimmy Snuka in 2009.

After leaving the WWF, Orton resurfaced in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in 1988. He returned to the NWA briefly in 1989, losing to Dick Murdoch at the 1989 WrestleWar in a bullrope match. In 1991 he wrestled for Herb Abrams' UWF at their lone Pay per view Beach Brawl as well as their live wrestling special Blackjack Brawl. In 1994 he made a few appearances for Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling. In 1996 he feuded with Tito Santana in the short lived American Wrestling Federation. He had a brief feud in 1997 against "Sexy" Ace Steele in MVWA in St. Louis. He retired from active competition in 1999.

Recent independent appearances

Orton returned to the ring at Millennium Wrestling Federation Soul Survivor II in 2004 [2], teaming with Todd Hanson and Beau Douglas to defeat "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala, Gino Marktino, and Ox Baker's Executioner.

On August 9, 2008, Orton performed in South Bend, Indiana, along with Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

Orton currently works as a performer and co-owner of Tennessee Mountain Wrestling in Knoxville, Tennessee.

On October 17, 2009, Orton (accompanied by his youngest son Nathan) performed at Independent Hardcore Wrestling against "Bloody" Harker Dirge, in a match for the Pro Wrestling Entertainment championship, losing by disqualification after Nathan attacked Dirge. This occasion marked Nathan Orton's first appearance in a professional wrestling event.

World Wrestling Entertainment

On February 3, 2005, Bob Orton was announced as a 2005 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.

In the weeks preceding WrestleMania 21, Orton became entangled in his son Randy's feud with The Undertaker. During an episode of SmackDown!, Orton begged The Undertaker to show mercy on his son in order to distract The Undertaker long enough for his son to sneak into the ring and hit the RKO.[3] At WrestleMania, he (unsuccessfully) interfered in the match between Orton and The Undertaker, striking The Undertaker with his cast.[4]

On August 21, 2005, at SummerSlam, Orton interfered in a rematch between Randy and The Undertaker, this time enabling his son to defeat The Undertaker. Orton then began accompanying Randy to ringside during his matches, and teamed with his son at No Mercy on October 9, 2005, defeating The Undertaker in a handicap casket match. The Ortons teamed together once again on the October 28, 2005 episode of SmackDown!, joining forces with Ken Kennedy to face Roddy Piper, Batista, and Eddie Guerrero in a six man tag team match. The match ended in defeat for the Ortons when Orton succumbed to Piper's sleeper hold.

On the December 16, 2005 episode of SmackDown!, Orton disguised himself as one of the Undertaker's druids and carried The Undertaker's signature urn to ringside as The Undertaker came to the ring to confront Randy. Orton remained at ringside after the other druids had left, distracting The Undertaker and enabling Randy to attack him. Orton then handed Randy the urn, which Randy used to knock The Undertaker unconscious.

At Armageddon 2005, Orton (still holding the urn) accompanied Randy to ringside for his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker. He interfered in the match several times, but was ultimately unable to prevent The Undertaker from delivering a Tombstone Piledriver to both Ortons and then covering Randy for the win.

On February 13, 2006, Orton was released from WWE.

Orton appears as an unlockable legend in WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010.

Personal life

Orton is married to Elaine Orton, a nurse at Christian Hospital NE in Missouri, and they have three children: sons, Randy, and Nathan Orton who's also a professinoal wrestler and daughter Becky. Orton also has one granddaughter, Alanna Marie Orton, who is the daughter of Randy and his wife, Samantha. He now lives in Florissant, Missouri. Bob and Curt Hennig were very close friends.

On an episode of WWE Confidential, he admitted that his forearm injury in the 1985 match with Jimmy Snuka was not a work, and did not heal when he wore the cast. It wouldn't heal fully until he left the WWF in 1987.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Mid-South Mississippi Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[15]
  • Midwest Powerhouse Wrestling
  • MPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Powerhouse Championship Wrestling
  • PCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Old School Wrestling Alliance
  • OSWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[17]


  • Tweak the Heat (2005/06) - appears in


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ""Cowboy" BOB Orton Profile". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  2. ^ Welcome To The BOSTONWRESTLING.COM Supersite!
  3. ^ "WWE SmackDown! Results - March 31, 2005". Online World Of Wrestling. 2005-03-31. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  4. ^ "WWE PPV Wrestling Results - WrestleMania 21". Online World Of Wrestling. 2005-02-03. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Gary Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  6. ^ Florida Heavyweight Title history At
  7. ^ Florida Tag Team Title history At
  8. ^ International Championship Wrestling Southeastern Heavyweight Title history At
  9. ^ International Championship Wrestling Southeastern Tag Team Title history At
  10. ^ International Championship Wrestling Television Title history At
  11. ^ NWA World Tag Team Title (Mid-Atlantic/WCW) history At
  12. ^ NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight Title history At
  13. ^ NWA Georgia Tag Team Title history At
  14. ^ NWA Macon Tag Team Title history At
  15. ^ Mississippi Heavyweight Title history At
  16. ^ a b "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners - Rookie of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  17. ^ OSWA Invasion 04/05/08 - Moline IL Results At
  18. ^ NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title history At
  19. ^ WWF/WWE Hall of Fame history At

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