|Birth name||Robert Keith Orton|
|Born||July 21, 1929|
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||July 16, 2006 (aged 76)|
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Children||3, including Bob Orton Jr. and Barry Orton|
|Family||Randy Orton (grandson)|
|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)|
|Billed from||Kansas City, Kansas|
The patriarch of the Orton wrestling family, his two sons Bob Orton Jr. and Barry Orton, and grandson Randy Orton, have all wrestled professionally. To distinguish between him and his son, he is also known as Bob Orton Sr. Bob Orton Sr. was often referred to by his nickname "The Big O".
Orton was a two-time holder of the Florida version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship with tag team partner Eddie Graham in 1966. He also innovated the pedigree as he captured several other titles in various National Wrestling Alliance's (NWA) territories with it, including the Florida and Georgia versions of the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship, as well as the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (with Bob Orton Jr.) in Florida Championship Wrestling and the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship in Central States Wrestling. He also competed in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), where he would also gain championship success. 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), often using the ring name Rocky Fitzpatrick. In September 1968, as "Cowboy" Rocky Fitzpatrick, he was number one challenger to WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino, losing to Sammartino at Madison Square Garden. He fought Sammartino in other northeastern cities as well. In the summer of 1969, Orton wrestled in the Ohio Sports Classics Promotion. He retired in July 2000 and spent the last years of his life living in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Orton died in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 16, 2006, at the age of 76, five days short of his 77th birthday, after suffering multiple heart attacks. His grandson stated "He had a heart attack at home, and they took him to the hospital where he had another more severe heart attack, he had an eight hour surgery that gave him a 20 percent chance to survive; he did, but about 10 hours after the surgery he passed away." He was cremated and had his ashes scattered on Mount Charleston, Nevada in April 2007.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- American Wrestling Association
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Central States Wrestling
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Mid-South Sports
- NWA Big Time Wrestling
- NWA Western States Sports
- NWA Southwest Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- St. Louis Wrestling Club
- St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2019
- Worldwide Wrestling Associates
- Brady, Hicks. "2006: The year in wrestling". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 23. 2007 Edition.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Bob Orton, Sr. passes away". WWE. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
- "Honorees". Cauliflower Alley Club. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
- 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.
- "NWA North American Tag Team Title (Central States version)". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015.