ARCHIVE 9/18/07: P.S. — Randy Orton’s Grandfather’s Words

Published May 13th, 2009, Uncategorized

P.S. — Randy Orton’s Grandfather’s Words

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

In 1987 I covered the convention in Los Angeles of the Cauliflower Alley Club, an organization of retired wrestlers, for a story for People magazine that was not published. There I met Bob Orton Sr.: father of Cowboy Bob Orton (one of the stars of the first WrestleMania in 1985); father of Barry Orton (who in the early 1990s alleged that he failed to get a “push” in the World Wrestling Federation because he resisted the sexual harassment of Vince McMahon’s top talent aides); grandfather of Randy Orton.

“I always told my kids that they should become dentists,” Bob Senior joked to me. “When you’re a wrestler, you get chairs smashed over your head. When you’re a dentist you don’t get hurt, except maybe for a kid biting your finger.”

Irvin Muchnick