Following news of his death, many well-known wrestlers new and old have been sharing their thoughts about Orndorff and the influence his career had on the sport of professional wrestling.
Pro wrestler and WWE business executive Triple H, in his tribute to Orndorff, highlighted his accomplishments in the squared circle and characterized him as “one of the industry’s best bad guys.” The Iron Sheik, whose career coincided with Orndorff’s, described him as his “brother” and “the toughest.”
Ric Flair, otherwise known as the Nature Boy, called Orndorff a “great guy, legit tough” and an “amazing athlete.” Mick Foley, who has wrestled under a number of names including Cactus Jack and Mankind, wrote, “as a fan, I loved watching him. As a wrestler, I loved working with him. He brought intensity and believability to every match and promo. Truly one of the all-time greats.”
Some entertainers outside of the wrestling world have likewise sung Orndorff’s praises. Comedian and “Mandalorian” actor Bill Burr, for example, called him “one of the greatest of all time.”
Travis Orndorff’s wife, Amayou Smith, is currently raising money for Paul Orndorff’s funeral expenses on GoFundMe.