Sad news for the wrestling world as WWE legend ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong has passed away at the age of 80. The news was revealed by Armstrong’s sons on social media.
Road Dogg Announces Bob Armstrong’s Death
Road Dogg is one of the sons of WWE legend ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong. He announced the death of his father on social media early today.
Aside from Road Dogg, Armstrong is also the father of WWE producer Scott Armstrong.
It is with a very heavy heart we announce the passing of our Father and @WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong. Information regarding funeral arrangements will come at a later date.
— Brian G. James (@BrianRDJames) August 28, 2020
WWE has confirmed and reacted to the death of Bullet Bob Armstrong as well. An excerpt of the statement reads:
“He handled himself well in the rough-and-tumble southeastern territories by employing an assortment of holds and moves, including his feared sleeper and Georgia Jawbreaker.”
Bob Armstrong struggled with numerous health problems these past few years. Most notably, he suffered from bone cancer and this had spread to the ribs, shoulder, and prostate.
Armstrong’s health has been a much discussed subject in recent months. While the cause of his death has not been confirmed, it appears he lost the cancer battle.
A Look Back At An Impressive Career
Armstrong had an impressive career that will be talked about for decades to come. After all, he had matches against some of the biggest names in history.
Bob Armstrong had an impressive wrestling career. Before wrestling, he was a United States Marine and Cobb County Firefighter.
Over the course of his career, Armstrong faced men such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Interestingly, Armstrong’s wrestling career spanned over 59 years. He made his debut in 1960 and wrestled for the final time only last year.
Armstrong also had a fulfilled family life. Unfortunately, his wife Vida Gail James also passed away in June this year.
Bob Armstrong is survived by his four sons, Joseph Scott, Robert Bradley, Steve, and Brian Girard. Their father certainly had a big impact on them, as all of them are in the wrestling business.
Armstrong was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. He was inducted by his four sons and said:
“I think somebody up there likes me. I got to live my dream.”
The Wrestling World Pays Tribute To Armstrong
The wrestling world has paid its respects to Bob Armstrong. Big names who expressed their condolences include Triple H, CM Punk, Mick Foley, and Chris Jericho.
Sad to hear of the passing of #BulletBobArmstrong…a true man’s man in this sport of thieves. When I broke my arm in #SMW in 94, Bob was one of the ONLY ones to call & check on me. I also learned the art of cutting a promo from him. Rest well Bullet! @WWEArmstrong @WWERoadDogg
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) August 28, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your father, Brian. I was so fortunate to have known “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, and watch him work his magic inside the ring.
My deepest condolences to you and your family. https://t.co/1nvXN0KnbA
— Mick Foley (@foleyispod) August 28, 2020
Bullet Bob. Always so nice to me. I’d like to think he saw how thrilled I was whenever I got to speak with him, which fortunately for me was often. Here is a rare picture of him with sleeves on his shirt. Condolences to your family @WWEArmstrong. Your father is a legend. pic.twitter.com/Un9Yn7Rle6
— player/coach (@CMPunk) August 28, 2020
.@StephMcMahon and I are thinking of the entire Armstrong family at this difficult time as they mourn the death of @WWE Hall of Famer and patriarch of the Armstrong family, "Bullet" Bob Armstrong.
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 28, 2020
Many fans also expressed their condolences on social media. With this, Ringside Intel also wants to express their condolences at this sad time.
In spite of the news of his death, Bob Armstrong will be remembered. After all, his contributions to wrestling cannot be denied.
It is difficult to find a wrestler who remained in the business for 59 years. So, this makes Bob Armstrong very special indeed.
And Bob’s legacy continues in the form of his sons. Since each son is in the wrestling industry, Bob will continue to leave his mark on the wrestling world.
We wish the Armstrong family strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of need.
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