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Robert Keith Orton Jr. (born November 10, 1950) is an American Professional Wrestler best known for his run in WWE as the bodyguard to Roddy Piper under the name "Cowboy" Bob Orton. In addition to his runs in the WWE, he's also wrestled for the NWA, WCW, All Japan Pro Wrestling and runs in the independent circuit. He is the son of late wreslter Bob Orton, Sr., the brother of Barry Orton, and the father of current WWE superstar Randy Orton. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and has made a few appearances since then.

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  • Arch-Enemy: Jimmy Snuka, Hulk Hogan, Tito Santana and Roddy Piper (during Roddy's face run) and The Undertaker (during Taker's feud with Randy Orton).
  • The Dragon: Was one for Roddy Piper and later for "Adorable" Adrian Adonis after the former's face turn.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In his WWE run in 2005, would try and assist his son Randy in victories and the two of them seem to have a loving relationship.
  • Evil Pays Better: During the famous Flower Shop vs. Piper's Pit segment in 1986, Orton claimed that he was now on Adrian Adonis' side because Piper wouldn't share his payday with him (or give him effectively pennies) while Adonis was paying him richly.
    • This is also what led to him piledriving Ric Flair in Flair's match against Harley Race for the NWA World Championship, after Race put out a bounty on Flair's head.
  • Finishing Move: Superplex from the Second rope.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His arm cast he wore on his left forearm after suffering a legitimate injury. After it healed, he still wore it under "doctor's orders" and would use it as a weapon after the referee's back was turned.
  • Is That the Best You Can Do?: As the story goes, Cowboy Bob and friends Roddy Piper and Don Muraco had a little too much to drink one night in Fresno. When the cops were called, a butt naked Orton on a fifth floor balcony challenged the police to a fight. They responded by tazing him and he responded by calmly pulling the prongs out and saying "Now, you've pissed me off."
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: His son is Randy Orton, universally regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. The disparity in success is so great that many have made In-Universe claims that Bob would have never gotten into the WWE Hall of Fame had it not been for his son.
  • Parent-Child Team: First with his dad Bob Orton Sr., and then later with his own son Randy Orton in 2005.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Literally, as he wore a pink cowboy hat during his stint as a bodyguard to Adrian Adonis.
  • Red Baron: "Cowboy" Bob Orton, or "Ace" Orton, as Roddy Piper referred to as the latter.
  • Ring Oldies: Even in his sixties, he still occasionally steps into the squared circle.
  • Tag Team: After splitting up from Roddy Piper, teamed up with Don Muraco for a while.
  • Underwear of Power
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • As detailed above, he still wore his cast to the ring after his injury healed and used it as a weapon.
    • In 2005, while teaming up with Randy Orton during his feud with The Undertaker, he goes as far as acting like a concerned father to The Undertaker, begging him not to hurt his son, while Randy sneaks in to RKO him.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He is, after all, "Cowboy" Bob Orton.
  • Wrestling Family: His father Bob Orton, Sr., his brother, Barry Orton, and his son, Randy Orton.