Bob Orton

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This article is about Bob Orton Sr.. For his son who is also known as "Cowboy" Bob Orton, see Bob Orton Jr..
Bob Orton
Bob Orton.jpg
Born (1929-07-21)July 21, 1929
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Died July 16, 2006(2006-07-16) (aged 76)[1]
Las Vegas, Nevada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bob Orton
Bob Orton Sr.
El Lobo
Rocky Fitzpatrick
The Zodiak
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg; 17.5 st)
Billed from Kansas City, Kansas
Debut 1951
Retired July 2000

Robert Dale "Bob" Orton (July 21, 1929 – July 16, 2006)[1] was an American professional wrestler. He was also known as Bob Orton Sr. to distinguish him from his son, "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr. He was also the father of former wrestler Barry O, and the grandfather of WWE Superstar Randy Orton. [1]


His previous nickname was "The Big O" when he wrestled for the Stampede Wrestling TV series.

Also went by the moniker "Bulldog" Bob Orton due his association with and graduating from Wyandotte High School.

Orton is also well known for popularizing the use of the piledriver.

Orton was a two-time holder of the Florida version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship with partner Eddie Graham in 1966.[2] He also innovated the pedigree as he captured several other titles in various NWA territories with it, including the NWA Southern Heavyweight title and the Florida Tag Team title (with Bob Jr.) in Florida Championship Wrestling and the NWA United States Heavyweight title in Central States Wrestling.[2] He also competed in the American Wrestling Association, where he would also gain championship success.[2] In 1961, Orton competed for the then NWA Capitol Wrestling Federation (currently WWE) teaming with Nature Boy Buddy Rogers. Orton eventually left Capitol Wrestling Corporation, by competing in other NWA territories. In 1968, Orton returned to Capitol Wrestling Corporation renamed as World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF, currently WWE) often using the ring name Rocky Fitzpatrick

In September 1968, as Cowboy Rocky Fitzpatrick, he was #1 challenger to WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino, losing to Bruno. He fought Sammartino in other northeastern cities as well.

Personal life[edit]

Orton married Rita on January 22, 1950. Together they had three children, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Barry O, and Rhonda. Orton was also grandfather to multiple time WWE Champion Randy Orton and WWE NXT Superstar Roderick Orton.

Orton and André the Giant were good friends for many years.[1]


He retired in July 2000 and spent the last years of his life living in Las Vegas, Nevada.


He died on July 16, 2006 at the age of 76 after suffering from a series of heart attacks.[1] Orton was cremated and had his ashes scattered on Mount Charleston in Las Vegas in April 2007.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Brady, Hicks. "2006: The year in wrestling". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts (Kappa Publications). p. 23. 2007 Edition. 
  2. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.