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
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Birth name Robert Dale Orton
Born (1929-07-21)July 21, 1929
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Died July 16, 2006(2006-07-16) (aged 76)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Spouse(s) Rita Orton (m. 1950; his death 2006)
Children 3, including Bob Jr. and Barry
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. The patriarch of the Orton wrestling family, his two sons (Bob Jr. and Barry) and grandson (Randy) have all wrestled professionally.[1] To distinguish between him and his son, he is also known as Bob Orton Sr.


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 (now 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, now WWE), often using the ring name Rocky Fitzpatrick. In September 1968, as Cowboy Rocky Fitzpatrick, he was number one challenger to WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino, losing to Bruno at Madison Square Garden. He fought Sammartino in other northeastern cities as well. He retired in July 2000 and spent the last years of his life living in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Personal life[edit]

Orton married his wife Rita on January 22, 1950. Together they had three children: Bob Jr., Barry, and Rhonda. Bob Jr.'s son, Randy Orton, is also a professional wrestler.

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


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

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 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. 
  3. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "(Kansas and Western Missouri) West Missouri: North American Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 253. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ "NWA North American Tag Team Title (Central States version)". Retrieved March 24, 2015.