Friday, June 9, 2017

Foreign Object Friday: Cowboy Bob Orton's cast

Bob Orton & his cast
Courtsey: WWE

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More than 30 years ago, "Cowboy" Bob Orton suffered an injury to his forearm. Part of the recovery for that injury included wearing a cast to the ring. His arm healed in real life, but in the wrestling world, he was "under doctor's orders" to keep wearing the cast. It became a part of Orton's legacy.

Courtesy: WWE
The cast was used as interference for most of 1985. Orton was the deciding factor in the main event of the first WrestleMania. It was that cast that came crashing down on "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and lead to Hulk Hogan and Mr. T winning the match against Orndorff and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. The cast came into play in future matches for Ace, as he used it against everyone from Jimmy Snuka to Hogan. Orndorff combated the problem by getting a cast of his own and battled Orton after the WrestleMania incident.

Courtesy: Jim Cornette
The cast is now in the possession of Jim Cornette. I found it on his website recently. Orton signed it and gave it to the famous manager for helping with the training of Cowboy's son, Randy Orton. You can see more about it on Cornette's website. 

This Saturday night Orton steps into the ring for Stride Pro Wrestling and he and "Farmer" Billy Hills challenge Ax Allwardt and Scott Phoenix for the tag team titles. Maximum Overdrive will, of course, have their manager J. Wellington Beauregard and his clipboard ringside. So it may not be a bad idea for the doctor to order Ace to start wearing that cast again. Anything can happen when a WWE Hall of Famer shows up. You can meet Bob Orton starting at 5 p.m. at Summersville Grade School. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. June 10. Hope to see you there.

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