Orlando Jordan

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Orlando Jordan
Orlando Jordan with Paul Billets (cropped).jpg
Jordan in 2005
Birth name Orlando Mason Jordan
Born (1974-04-21) April 21, 1974 (age 44)
Salem, New Jersey,
United States
Residence Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Orlando Jordan[1]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Billed weight 257 lb (117 kg)[1]
Billed from Miami, Florida
Trained by Rocky Johnson[1]
Dan McDevitt[2]
RJ Carrington[2]
Debut 1999[3]

Orlando Mason Jordan[1] (born April 21, 1974)[4] is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his tenure in WWE, where he was a one-time United States Champion. He is also known for his time with Impact Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Early years (2003–2004)

Jordan made his WWE television debut on the May 31, 2003 episode of Velocity, where he defeated Jamie Noble.[5] On June 26, 2003, Jordan made his first SmackDown! appearance as a face at Madison Square Garden, where he lost to John Cena.[6] Although he did not win the match, he was impressive enough that when Cena attacked Jordan after the match was over, The Undertaker, with whom Cena was feuding, came to the ring and helped Jordan to his feet.[6] On the October 2 episode of SmackDown!, Jordan defeated Big Show via countout when Big Show had to run to the toilets after eating a burrito laced with laxatives.[7] Jordan answered an open challenge hosted by Brock Lesnar on the January 29, 2004 episode of SmackDown!, where he was quickly defeated.[8]

The Cabinet and United States Champion (2004–2005)

Jordan was named "Chief of Staff" of John "Bradshaw" Layfield's (right) Cabinet

After an absence of multiple months due to family issues,[9] Jordan returned on the August 5 episode of SmackDown!, defeating René Duprée. Later in the night, Jordan turned heel by saving WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) from an attack by the Undertaker.[10] On the August 12 episode of SmackDown!, Jordan joined Layfield's Cabinet, where he was appointed "Chief of Staff". Jordan faced the Undertaker in the main event later that night, losing by disqualification after Layfield attacking Undertaker mid-match.[11] On the August 26 episode of SmackDown!, Jordan once again faced Undertaker, this time with Layfield's WWE Championship on the line. The match once again ended in a disqualification after Layfield again interfered.[12] On the November 25 episode of SmackDown!, Jordan and Layfield defeated Eddie Guerrero and Booker T, after interference from The Basham Brothers,[13] who were made the Cabinet's "co-secretaries of defense" on the December 2 episode of SmackDown!.[14] Jordan, Layfield and the Bashams were defeated by Booker T, the Undertaker and Eddie Guerrero in a 4-on-3 handicap match on the December 9 episode of SmackDown!.[15] Jordan entered his first Royal Rumble match at the titular event on January 30, 2005, but was eliminated by Booker T.[16]

After Layfield began a feud with a John Cena over the WWE title leading up to WrestleMania 21, Jordan faced off with Cena on the March 3 edition of SmackDown!. Orlando defeated John Cena with the help of Layfield to win the United States Championship, his first and only title in WWE.[17] At WrestleMania 21, Jordan competed in a 30-man battle royal, won by Booker T.[18] His first major successful title defense was against Heidenreich at Judgment Day.[19] At The Great American Bash, Jordan began feuding with the newly drafted Chris Benoit. Jordan defeated Benoit and retained his United States Championship after removing the turnbuckle pad and shoving Benoit head-first into the exposed steel and covered him for the win.[20] Benoit continued to chase Jordan for the title. He finally defeated Jordan (in a record 25.5 seconds) at SummerSlam to win the title.[21] Following this quick match, Jordan attempted to win his title back on multiple occasions, leading to 3 consecutive losses with all matches lasting less than a minute. The first rematch lasted 23.4 seconds.[22] During the second rematch, Jordan actually almost knocked out Benoit with a punch in the opening moments but still lost at 22.5 seconds, which was even faster than the first match.[23] During the third match, Jordan stalled until the time, which was being displayed on the TitanTron, went over 25 seconds.[24] He got so excited when his time went over 30 seconds that he dropped his guard and Benoit took the opportunity to lock on the Sharpshooter for a win at the 49.8 second mark.[24] Earlier in the show, Orlando stated that he had mastered every counter to Benoit's signature Crippler Crossface, which was shown when during the match every time Benoit attempted the Crippler Crossface, Jordan countered it.[24] After those unsuccessful rematches, Jordan later broke away from Layfield, although both later made a few appearances together later on.

Various feuds and departure (2005–2006)

Jordan in a wrestling match against Tatanka in 2006

When Booker T got injured halfway through his Best of Seven series for the United States Championship, he needed a replacement to face Chris Benoit.[25] As the series was at 3–1 in Booker's favor, Booker T only needed his replacement to win one match in order to become the United States Champion.[25] Jordan approached him about the position, but Booker T and his wife Sharmell belittled him and made jokes about his quick submission losses to Benoit.[25] Booker asked Randy Orton to substitute for him.[25] After Orton failed to win the deciding match, leading Jordan to once again ask for the position the next week,[25][26] Booker T once again turned Jordan down after belittling him.[26] During the sixth match in the series, Jordan jumped the rail, grabbed Booker T's crutch, and hit Benoit for a disqualification finish and thus giving Benoit the victory and tying the Best of Seven Series at 3–3.[26] The next week, Jordan ran to ringside to attempt to halt Booker T from winning the championship, but was unable to prevent Orton from eventually beating Benoit to win the series for Booker T. On the January 20 episode of SmackDown!, Jordan faced and lost to Randy Orton after Booker's wife Sharmell distracted the SmackDown! senior official referee Nick Patrick, before Booker hit him with a leg crutch. After the match, Chris Benoit saves him from Booker and Orton, turning him face for the first time since 2004.

Jordan was then pushed down to Velocity and won several matches there. Jordan made his final SmackDown! appearance on the May 12 episode of SmackDown! in a backstage segment, telling Nunzio that he had seen someone who looked like his partner Vito dressed in drag at a night club during the recent UK tour.[27] His final WWE appearance was a loss to Gunner Scott on the May 13 episode of Velocity. On May 26, 2006, WWE announced that Jordan was released from his WWE contract.

Independent circuit (2006–2010)

Jordan during the Hulkamania tour of Australia in 2008

Jordan began competing on the independent circuit soon after his WWE departure along with wrestling overseas, most notably for Nu-Wrestling Evolution, a promotion based in Italy, as well as New Japan Pro Wrestling. Jordan became NWE Champion in April 2008. Later in that month, he was involved in a confrontation with the Ultimate Warrior, leading to the return of Warrior after a ten-year absence to face Jordan in a match in June 2008. Jordan lost the title to Warrior on June 25, 2008 in Barcelona, while holding the honor of being Warrior's very last opponent.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2010–2011)

Jordan in July 2010

On the January 4, 2010, live, three-hour, Monday night edition of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact! television show Jordan made his debut for the company in a backstage segment with D'Angelo Dinero.[28] He then as a heel, defeated Dinero in a singles match on the January 21 episode of Impact!.[29] After scoring an upset victory over Samoa Joe on the February 18 edition of Impact!,[30] Jordan disappeared from TV, before re-surfacing on the March 29 edition of Impact!, debuting a new look and starting the bisexual angle he had proposed to WWE creative before his release from that company.[31] On April 9 Jordan announced that he had signed a new multi-year contract with TNA.[32] On the May 3 edition of Impact!, Jordan debuted his new interview segment, O-Zone, during which he attacked and started a feud with the Global Champion Rob Terry.[33] At Sacrifice Jordan challenged Terry for the Global Championship, but was unsuccessful.[34] The following Thursday on Impact!, Jordan scored a non-title victory over Terry, after capitalizing on Terry's injured knee, which he had injured at Sacrifice.[35] Jordan's feud with Terry came to an end on the June 3 edition of Impact!, when the Global Champion pinned him in a tag team match, where he teamed with Desmond Wolfe and Terry with Abyss.[36]

On the July 21 episode of Explosion, Jordan defeated Homicide, On the July 29 edition of Impact! Jordan, himself formed a dysfunctional tag team with face Eric Young, who had been battling (kayfabe) mental problems ever since taking a bump on the head, being completely unaware of Jordan's sexual orientation and interest in him.[37][38][39] on September 29 edition of TNA Xplosion, Jordan defeated Suicide. on September 24 edition of TNA Xplosion, Jordan and Eric Young faced Ink Inc. in a losing effort this led to a rematch At Bound for Glory Young's antics cost him and Jordan their match against Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal and Shannon Moore).[40] on the October 15 edition of TNA Xplosion, Jordan and Eric Young defeated Rob Terry and Suicide. on the November 3 edition of TNA Xplosion, Jordan defeated Magnus, Upon the team's next appearance on Impact! on December 16, Jordan had turned face as he and Young defeated Generation Me (Jeremy and Max Buck) in a tag team match.[41] On April 17, 2011, at Lockdown, Jordan and Young were unsuccessful in becoming the number one contenders to the TNA World Tag Team Championship in a four tag team steel cage match, which was won by Ink Inc.[42] on May 12, 2011 edition of Impact! Jordan competed in a battle royal to become the #1 contender for the world heavyweight championship but failed to win the match. on June 28, 2011, Jordan faced Magnus in the 1st round of the Xplosion Championship Challenge but lost the match. After this point, Eric Young went on a singles run and won the TNA Television Championship, the title formerly known as the TNA Global Championship, while Jordan was taken off television. Jordan last TNA match took place on July 2, 2011 at a TNA Live Event where Jordan, Eric Young and Amazing Red defeated Robbie E, Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams in a six-man tag team match. On July 11, 2011, it was reported that Jordan had been released from TNA.[43]

Return to the independent circuit (2011–present)

On November 5, 2011, at a NWA event, Jordan faced Steve Anthony in a lumberjack match but lost the match. At Outback Championship Wrestling's Battle for Ballarat event on May 31, 2013, Jordan defeated Andy Phoenix in what would be his final match before retiring from professional wrestling.[44]

On June 3, 2016, at Menai Mania II, Jordan beat AWE Heavyweight Champion Luke Knight, having qualified for a title opportunity through the Innerwest rumble.[45] He would, however, drop the title to Knight weeks later.

Personal life

Jordan was misdiagnosed with autism as a child.[3] He also had speech difficulties, and attended classes to help him overcome them.[46] He competed in gymnastics as a child, and participated in amateur wrestling.[46] He attended Boise State University after winning the 1993 state championship at 189 pounds for Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia.[46] Before becoming a professional wrestler, he was a member of the United States Forest Service.[3] He then relocated to Florida, where he became a reputable amateur boxer.[3]

In June 2011, Jordan is the co-owner (along with independent wrestler Luke Hawx) of WildKat Sports & Entertainment, a professional wrestling training center located outside New Orleans. Their school has since spawned a Louisiana-exclusive wrestling federation, WILDKAT Pro, which was briefly a member territory of the National Wrestling Alliance. On August 20, 2012, Jordan opened another wrestling school in Melbourne, where he currently resides.[47]

Jordan is openly bisexual.[48] On October 10, 2013, he announced his marriage to a woman in Australia.[49] The following year, his daughter Dakota Mae, was born.[50]

In other media

Jordan appeared as a playable character in the video games WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006 and WWE Day of Reckoning 2.

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

  • All–American Wrestling Champion (2 times)[3]
  • Central Region (Richmond) Wrestling Champion (3 times)
  • National Wrestling Champion (2 times)[3]
  • Virginia Commonwealth Games Freestyle Wrestling Champion (1 time)
  • Virginia State Wrestling Champion (AAA) (1 time)

Professional wrestling

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