July 21, 1929|
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||July 16, 2006
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Bob Orton
Bob Orton Sr.
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||245 lb (111 kg; 17.5 st)|
|Billed from||Kansas City, Kansas|
Robert Dale "Bob" Orton, Sr. (July 21, 1929 – July 16, 2006) 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.
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. 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. He also competed in the American Wrestling Association, where he would also gain championship success. 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.
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 and Arkansas State Red Wolves tight end Roderick Orton-Barnhill.
He retired in July 2000 and spent the last years of his life living in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Championships and accomplishments
- American Wrestling Association
- Central States Wrestling
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA Western States Sports
- NWA Southwest Heavyweight Championship (1 time)