How do the sons of Cowboy Bob Orton and Mr. Perfect stack up today?

There are plenty of good 1980s references in my latest post on Camel Clutch Blog, “Comparing the WWE second-generation wrestlers to their fathers.”

In the post, I attempt to decide who among the current crop of second- and third-generation WWE stars have pulled ahead of their forefathers. I talk about the sons and daughters of such ’80s WWF  names as Cowboy Bob Orton, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. Check it out if you have a chance, and thanks to my friends at Camel Clutch Blog for posting the piece.


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  2. Gold

    Larry “the Axe” Henig scared the crap out of me as a kid. His finishing move what “the axe,” which of course is a simple clothesline by today’s standards. His son was a great technical wrestler far better than his dad… but his dad played the heal much more convincingly. ON the other hand, Cowboy Bob Orton was just mean with no wrestling acumen while his son is extremely athletic and also convincing as a heal. I think to truly judge you have to take case by case.

    • bostongardenbalcony

      Thanks for the comments. Yes, I agree with you about Larry the Axe. Mr. Perfect had that cocky jock character, which made you pissed off but didn’t scare you. Larry was just big and mean. We’ve all lived through countless young wrestler deaths at this point, but I really felt for Larry when I read his comments after his son died.

      Cowboy Bob Orton was good in the ring but not colorful, but he didn’t have to be considering he was beside Roddy Piper for many years. Randy Orton has ability and a great heel charisma, just as you say.

  3. modew's manager

    What, no Barry O love?

    You’re right on most counts; fathers outshine their sons (hello, David Sammartino).

    One more son better than Dad, though not WWF/E: Nick Bockwinkel.

    • bostongardenbalcony

      Good to hear from you. I’ll never forget when Barry O would get the “Boring…boring” chants from the crowd during his matches at the Boston Garden, and he would actually get up on the turnbuckle and conduct the crowd like a maestro during the chants.

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