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[Bob Orton Gallery]
Wrestler: "Cowboy" Bob Orton
Real Name: Bob Orton Jr.
Birthday: November 10, 1950
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Marital Status: Married w/3 Children
Height & Weight: 6'1" - 242 lbs
Trained by: Hiro Matsuda
Eddie Graham
Jack Brisco
Debut: 1972
Previous Gimmicks: Bob Orton Jr.
"Cowboy" Bob Orton
"Ace" Cowboy Orton
The Invader
Finishing Move: The Superplex
Favorite Moves:
Notable Feuds: Pedro Morales
Bob Backlund
Tito Santana
Ric Flair
Ricky Steamboat
Hulk Hogan
Mr T
Jimmy Snuka
Paul Orndorff
Roddy Piper
Don Muraco

  • PWI Rookie of the Year (1973);
  • ICW Televison title;
  • NWA (Georgia) Wildside Tag Team titles (2);
  • NWA (Florida) Tag Team titles (3);
  • NWA (Florida) Heavyweight title;
  • NWA (Amarillo) Southwest Heavyweight title;
  • NWA (Mid-Atlantic) Tag Team titles;
  • NWA (Southeastern) Tag Team titles (4);
  • NWA (Georgia) Junior Heavyweight title;
  • NWA (Ohio) United States Tag Team titles;
  • NWA North American Tag Team titles;
  • NWA Missouri Heavyweight title;
  • NWA (Florida) World Tag Team titles (2);
  • AWA (Omaha) Midwest Heavyweight titles (2);
  • NWA (Missouri) Heart of America Heavyweight Title (2);
  • AWA (Omaha) Midwest Tag Team title (3);
  • American Wrestling Federation Heavyweight title defeating Tito Santana;


  • In The Beginning:
  • Bob Orton Jr. is the son of Bob Orton Sr., the father of Randy Orton, and brother of former wrestler Barry O..

    Getting into the Business:
  • Bob Orton Jr was trained by Hiro Matsuda after dropping out of college (Missouri University)..
  • June 25, 1976 - AWA Chicago Stadium: Greg Gagne defeated Bob Orton Jr..
  • November 26, 1981--Mid South: Junk Yard Dog & Mike George beat Paul Orndorff & Bob Orton to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • November 24, 1983 - Starrcade: Dick Slater & Bob Orton Jr. defeated Mark Youngblood & Wahoo McDaniel..
  • 1984: Adrian Adonis defeated "Cowboy" Bob Orton to win Southwest's World Heavyweight title (Tournament Final)..

    World Wrestling Federation - "Ace" Bob Orton:
  • Bob Orton Jr. signed with the World Wrestling Federation and became the bodyguard for "Rowdy" Roddy Piper..
  • July 23, 1984 - Brawl to End It All: Tito Santana vs Bob Orton Jr. ended in a 20:00 time limit draw..
  • February 18, 1985 - War To Settle The Score: Jimmy "Superfly Snuka defeated "Cowboy" Bob Orton..
  • ~~~In the main event: Hulk Hogan w/Cindi Lauper & Lou Albano defeated Roddy Piper w/Bob Orton by DQ..
  • ~~~~~Paul Orndorff interfered and Mr. T (sitting front row) jumped the rail and made the save for Hulk Hogan..
  • March 31, 1985 - Wrestlemania: Hulk Hogan & Mr. T w/Jimmy Snuka defeated Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff w/Bob Orton..
  • May 11, 1985 - SNME: Hulk Hogan defeated Bob Orton to retain the WWF Heavyweight title..
  • July 8, 1985 - King of the Ring: Bob Orton Jr. vs Paul Orndorff ended in a draw in the first round..
  • August 28, 1985 - Michigan State Fair: Junk Yard Dog defeated Bob Orton Jr...
  • November 7, 1985 - Wrestling Classic: Paul Orndorff defeated Bob Orton Jr. by Disqualfication in the first round..
  • December 26, 1985 - Tuesday Night Titans: Roddy Piper & Bob Orton act out their version of "A Christmas Carol"..
  • January 4, 1986 - SNME: Roddy Piper & Bob Orton & Jesse Ventura beat Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer & Cousin Luke..
  • March 1, 1986 - SNME: Mr. T defeated "Cowboy" Bob Orton by knockout in the second round of a Boxing match..
  • March 1986: Roddy Piper & Bob Orton attacked midget Little Haiti defeated "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr..
  • April 5, 1986 - Wrestlemania II: Mr. T defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper w/Bob Orton by DQ in a Boxing match..

  • Roddy Piper turned face and announced his retirement (at WM3) and dumped Bob Orton as his bodyguard..
  • ~~~Bob Orton then showed up as the bodyguard of Adrian Adonis, who had replaced Piper's Pit with his Flower Shop!
  • November 29, 1986 - SNME: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper defeated "Cowboy" Bob Orton..
  • March 29, 1987 - Wrestlemania III: Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel & Tom Zenk) defeated Bob Orton & Don Muraco..

    National Wrestling Alliance:
  • May 7, 1989 - WrestleWar: Dick Murdock vs Bob Orton Jr went to a NO CONTEST in a Bull Rope Match..

    Universal Wrestling Federation (Herb Abrams) - "Cowboy" Bob Orton:
  • June 9, 1991--Beach Brawl: Steven Ray & Sonny Beach defeated Cactus Jack & Bob Orton Jr...
  • September 23, 1994--Blackjack Brawl: Bob Orton Jr. vs The Finnish Hellraiser ended in a DOUBLE DQ..

    Smokey Mountain Wrestling - "Cowboy" Bob Orton:
  • August 5, 1994--Night of Legends: Bob Orton Jr. took part in a Legends ceremony with awards..
  • ~~~Bob Orton Jr. & Dick Slater vs The Mongolian Stomper & Ronnie Garvin ended in a DOUBLE DQ..
  • August 14, 1994--Fire on the Mountain: Doug Furnas defeated Bob Orton Jr..
  • November 24, 1994--Thanksgiving Thunder: Bob Armstrong defeated Bob Orton Jr...

    American Wrestling Federation - "Cowboy" Bob Orton:
  • 1996: Bob Orton joined the American Wrestling Federation and feuded with Tito Santana over the AWF Heavyweight title..

    Retirement:
  • Bob Orton Jr now sells used cars during the summer months in St Louis, MO and takes the winter months off..
  • December 2003: Bob Orton Jr. was used as the storyline commissioner for Terry Landel's Tennessee Mountain Wrestling in Knoxville..
  • July 10, 2004--Knoxville (Nostalgia Show): Bob & Brad & Scott Armstrong beat The Nightmare & Robert Fuller & Bob Orton Jr..
  • November 13, 2004--MWF Soul Survivor: Todd Hanson & Bob Orton & Beau Douglas b Kamala & Gino Martino & Executioner..
  • March 31, 2005 - Smackdown!: Cowboy Bob Orton came out to reason with the Undertaker and ask that he have mercy on his son..
  • ~~~It was all a well orchestrated plan however, as Randy Orton snuck up behind Undertaker and delivered an RKO!
  • April 2, 2005 - Hall of Fame Ceremony: Bob Orton was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame along with 6 others in Los Angeles..
  • April 3, 2005 - Wrestlemania 21: The Undertaker defeated Randy Orton in an Interpromotional match despite Bob Orton's interference..
  • May 14, 2005--Gateway Championship Wrestling: Bob Orton Jr. defeated Dingo..
  • August 21, 2005 - Summerslam: Randy Orton defeated The Undertaker in a Grudge match with help from "Cowboy" Bob Orton!
  • August 25, 2005 - Smackdown!: Randy Orton defeated Hardcore Holly with help from "Cowboy" Bob Orton..
  • September 9, 2005 - Smackdown!: The Ortons presented The Undertaker with $1,416 for his retirement fund but Lightning struck it!
  • September 16, 2005 - Smackdown!: The Undertaker defeated Randy Orton w/Cowboy Bob Orton but not without its bizzare moments..
  • ~~~Bob Orton backed a truck down to the ring containing a casket, when it opened, Undertaker found a wax replica of himself inside!
  • September 23, 2005 - Smackdown!: Randy Orton & Bob Orton presented a funeral for Undertaker with the wax dummy in the casket..
  • ~~~Half way through Randy Orton's speech, fans began to notice the wax dummies eyes moving, so Randy Orton had a closer look..
  • ~~~Suddenly the wax dummy came to life, it was the REAL Undertaker, and grabbed Randy Orton by the throat and attacked him!
  • September 30, 2005 - Smackdown!: The Undertaker defeated Cowboy Bob Orton despite constant interference from Randy Orton!
  • October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Mick Foley was a guest on Piper's Pit, and was asked when he was returning to the WWE?
  • ~~~Randy Orton & Bob Orton interrupted and caused some trouble, leading to Randy Orton RKOing both Foley AND Piper!
  • October 7, 2005 - Smackdown!: Roddy Piper vs Randy Orton & Bob Orton in a Handicap match when Piper pinned Cowboy Bob!
  • October 9, 2005 - No Mercy: Randy Orton & Bob Orton defeated The Undertaker in a Handicap Casket Match..
  • ~~~After the match, Randy Orton poured Gasoline all over the Casket and lit it on fire with The Undertaker trapped inside!!!!!!
  • October 14, 2005 - SD!: Eddie Guerrero defeated Randy Orton by DQ after Bob Orton interfered in a #1 Contenders match!
  • October 28, 2005 - Smackdown!: Batista & Eddie Guerrero & Roddy Piper beat Randy Orton & Bob Orton & Ken Kennedy..
  • November 4, 2005 - Smackdown!: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper defeated "Cowboy" Bob Orton by DQ when Randy Orton interfered.
  • December 18, 2005 - Armageddon: The Undertaker defeated Randy Orton w/Bob Orton in a Hell in a Cell match!
  • February 13, 2006: Cowboy Bob Orton was released from the World Wrestling Entertainment..


    Charles Wilson wrote: I ran across the listing for Bob jr. and noticed the overload of WWE stuff and how many matches he is listed as losing. Lemme tell ya': Many will tell you the greatest World Tag Team Champions were the Andersons. Cannot argue that. But the greatest Tag Team ever was Bob Roop and Bob Orton jr. PERIOD! When Roop was faced with the task of branching out after being a single's competitor for so long, he matched up with the likes of Killer Karl Krupp. *Ugh!* He partnered with some others and got nowhere. Then, in a bit of booking magic, someone paired Roop and Orton and the question became, "When is a pinning combination not a pinning combination?" Answer: When you've made the tag with your partner! Roop, ever the Greco-Roman master, would tag Orton and roll the opponent into a backslide. The fish would begin to try to roll out when Orton would jump about 27 feet high and bring a knee into his forehead. People in the stands just went berserk! Orton and Roop just seemed to have fun and they brought life to the Tag Team event when everyone else simply put up with it or used it as a set-up or grudge/revenge affair. I have truly not seen anything like those two - including the Andersons.