Family Affair II: The Ortons

Jabot SingleterryCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2009

The Orton family tree consists of Bob Orton, Sr., "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr., Barry O, and Randy Orton. Three generations of talented wrestlers who left their mark on pro wrestling and one who creating his own legacy ( no pun intended).

Bob Orton Sr.

Born on July 21, 1929 in Kansas City, Kansas. The Orton legacy dates back to Bob Orton Sr., who got his start in the wrestling business in 1951. He used the nickname "The Big O" while he was wrestling for Stampede Wrestling.

Orton held the Florida version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship in 1966 with Eddie Graham. He also won other various NWA Championship. Bob Sr. won the Florida Tag Team Championship with his son Bob Jr. in Florida Championship Wrestling.

He gain success in the AWA as well. Bob Sr. retired in July 2000 and spent his last years living in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After a series of heart attacks, Bob Orton Sr. died on July 16, 2006.

Bob Orton Jr.

On November 10, 1950, Bob Orton Jr. was born. "Cowboy" Bob Orton was trained by the late great Hiro Matsuda. He broke into pro wrestling in 1972 in the Florida and Georgia territories, but it wasn't until the 1980s that he made a name for himself in the NWA territories. Bob Orton Jr. can be credited with inventing the Superplex.

"Cowboy" Bob was a part of the very first WrestleMania. Orton was in the corner of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, he evetually costed them the match. Orton also wrestled against Hulk Hogan for the WWF/E Championship on the first episode of Saturday Nights Main Event on May 11, 1985.

In the early part of 1986, Orton started to sport his now famous cast. He's admitted that his forearm injury he suffered from his match with Jimmy Snuka was legit and didn't completely heal until he left the WWF/E in 1987.

Once he left the WWF/E, he spent time in the AWA with Adrian Adonis before returning to the independent circuit. He retired from wrestling in 1999.

"Cowboy" Bob Orton was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, he also became involved in his son, Randy Orton, feud with The Undertaker.

He now works as co-owner and performer for Tennessee Mountain Wrestling in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Barry O

Born in Amarillo, Texas on May 28, 1958, Barry is the lesser known Orton. He made his debut in 1976. During his wrestling career he competed for the WWF/E, ICW, NWA and Stampede Wrestling.

He appeared on Donahue to speak out on sexual harassment. Barry made the transition from wrestler to musician and now actor, as he performs minor roles in movies.

He is the uncle of Randy Orton.

Randy Orton

Born April 1, 1980, the genetically gifted wrestler has made a name for himself in the WWE and in pro wrestling. Whether it's his action in the ring or his actions outside the ring, Randy Orton is one of the most talked about wrestlers today.

Taken under the wing of Triple H and Ric flair in Evolution, Randy has rose to the top and has worn the Intercontinental Championship, the World Tag Team Championship (with Edge), the World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Championship on two occasions.

He's defeated the likes of Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Triple H, Chris Benoit, John Cena and the list just goes on. He's currently in the process of starting his first stable named Legacy, comprised of second and third generation superstars.

He's the only Orton to wear World Championship gold.

Innovative and unforgettable are just two of the words that fit the Orton family. They each set their own standards in pro wrestling, While Randy may have surpassed those standards, they should always be as a great wrestling family. It shows in Randy Orton that "cowboy Bob passed his inventiveness down to Randy. I look forward to the next generation of Ortons.


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