Vince Russo’s The Brand Recap w/ Paul Orndorff – WrestleMania’s Success, Working with Hogan/Piper, Transition to Trainer, More!
Russo welcomes WWE legend ‘Mr Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff to the show.
Russo says that people often wrongly criticize him, saying that he puts over the Attitude Era as the best era of professional wrestling. Russo says that’s simply not true, because in his opinion the early WrestleMania years from WrestleMania 1-3 was the best era of professional wrestling ever.
Orndorff says that he gave his life to wrestling when he had the opportunity to play professional football in the NFL. He doesn’t regret his decision to spend his life in wrestling because he loved it then and he still loves it today.
He says that he had a great relationship with Vince McMahon, and he looked up to McMahon almost as a father figure. He says that McMahon did a lot for him personally and for the wrestling business as a whole, so he has a lot of respect for McMahon.
Russo points out that one of Orndorff’s first wrestling angles was with Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. Orndorff says that he and Lawler did some terrific work together. He says that Lawler really knew his stuff, and Orndorff was very lucky to work with someone of that calibre so early in his career. A lot of talents today aren’t that lucky, because there aren’t a whole lot of teachers as good as Jerry Lawler was.