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Bob Orton, Jr.

      
    

Real Name - Robert Keith Orton
Birthdate - 11/10/50
6'1" 220 lbs. - Kansas City, MI

Athletic Background - Football (Mississippi University), Wrestling (High School)

Teacher(s) - Hiro Matsuda, Eddie Graham, Jack Brisco

Professional Background - Florida(`72-`76), Georgia(`73-`75), AJPW(`74-`78), AWA(`76), Knoxville(`77-`79), Mid-South(`81-`82), WWF(`82), Mid-Atlantic(`83-`84), SCW(`84), WWF(`85-`87), Indies(`87-`99), AWA(`88), NJPW(`88), WCW(`89), UWF(`91), CWA(`92), SMW(`94), UWF(`94), WWF(`05)

AliasesThe Invader, The Best, Bob Orton

Groups - Slapowitz Syndicate

Peak Years - 1976 - 1986


Finisher(s) - 
- Superplex
- Cast Strike
- Piledriver
- Bulldog

Favorites - 
- Driving Elbow from Second Turnbuckle
- Vertical Suplex
- Inverted Atomic Drop
- Driving Elbowdrop
- Bionic Elbow


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Bob Orton, Jr. was one of the top workers and a high-level star from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. He was the son of Bob Orton, Sr., who was a big star in Florida and gave Jr. a lot of exposure to the sport at a young age. The younger Orton proved a hard worker and truly loved what he was doing, so he excelled quickly. He worked throughout the Southeast and Midwest with success everywhere he went. Orton worked as a rough n' tough cowboy with excellent ability, who often cut corners. By the early 80s, Orton was one of the very best, but hadn't stayed anywhere long enough to become the star he could've become. Before the WWF went national, he came aboard and was given the opportunity and established himself quickly. He soon become the bodyguard of Roddy Piper, who was the company's top heel when McMahon decided to go. A back injury had taken some zest out of Orton's work, but he could always get by on his wits and the alliance with Piper kept him in a key spot until 1987. After leaving the WWF, Orton worked for practically every company of note at that time in the United States and had tours of Japan and Europe. Orton's son Randy proved to be a natural as well and has been a top star for the WWE for almost a decade. This has kept Bob Orton, Jr. around and he even had a brief managerial run. Whether he was known as his father's capable son or his son's rugged father, Bob Orton, Jr. has his own place in pro-wrestling history and is one of the best workers of his day.
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