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123. Bob Orton Sr.

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123. Bob Orton Sr.
The patriarch of the Orton clan, Bob Orton Sr. competed all across the United States winning a plethora of regional singles and tag team championships.  Credited with inventing the pedigree finishing manoeuvre, Orton had a run himself in the WWWF, (though billed as “Cowboy” Rocky Fitzpatrick) which saw him receive a World Title shot against Bruno Sammartino.

Considering his last name and accomplishments, this may not be that far out a stretch to see him inducted.

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  • Other Aliases: El Lobo
    Rocky Fitzpatrick
    The Zodiak
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Kansas City, Kansas)
  • Key Championships Held: NWA Heart of America Heavyweight (2)
    NWA Missouri Heavyweight
    NWA Southwest Heavyweight
    NWA (Ohio) United States Tag Team w/The Great Scott
    NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight (6)
    NWA (Florida) World Tag Team (2) w/Eddie Graham
    AWA Midwest Tag Team (3) 1w/Mike DiBiase, 2w/Maurice Vachon
    Nebraska Heavyweight
    AWA Midwest Heavyweight
    NWA Central States North American Tag Team w/Buddy Austin
    NWA Florida Tag Team (3) 1/Dennis Hall, 1w/Hiro Matsuda & 1w/Bob Orton Jr.
  • Why they will get in: His last name.
  • Why they won't get in: Not a lot of his accomplishments took place under the McMahon banner.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Won the coveted Missouri Heavyweight Title (1954)
    2.  Defeated Eddie Graham for his first Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship (12/28/63)
    3.  Won the Southern Title in a tournament (6/17/65)
    4.  Unified the Nebraska Heavyweight Title with the AWA Midwest Heavyweight (7/15/67)
    5.  Won the Florida Southern Heavyweight Title by beating Hiro Matsuda (7/10/72)

Should Bob Orton Sr. be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 98.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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