Bob Armstrong, the WWE Hall of Famer has breathed his last at the age of 80 and the news has been confirmed by his son, Scott Armstrong, the WWE official.
Rest in Peace “Bullet” Bob Armstrong
The world of WWE was shocked when Scott Armstrong shared a news on Twitter.
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.
— Scott Armstrong (@WWEArmstrong) August 28, 2020
Bob Armstrong made his in-ring debut in 1960. He had a career of massive five decades. He has held many Championships during his career such as NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship, NWA North American Heavyweight Championship.
Bob Armstrong was inducted in WWE Hall of Fame class of 2011. He last wrestled in 2019 at Continental Championship Wrestling.
WWE wrestlers and others have also sent condolences on the passing away of the legend:
Thoughts and prayers with you and the family. One of a kind amazing man. 🙏🏼❤️ https://t.co/mqcEeEBKNM
— “The Big Show” Paul Wight (@WWETheBigShow) August 28, 2020
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) 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. @WWERoadDogg @WWEArmstrong
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 28, 2020
WWE’s official statement :
“WWE is saddened to learn that “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, a WWE Hall of Famer and patriarch of the legendary Armstrong wrestling family, has passed away at age 80.
Equal parts strongman and showman, Armstrong, who was born Joseph James in Marietta, Ga., on Oct. 3, 1939, proved himself as one of the most tenacious grapplers on the planet during the territorial days of sports-entertainment. He secured his toughman reputation long before he ever set foot in the ring, thanks to his tour of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and his seven-year tenure as a member of the Fair Oaks (later Cobb County) Fire Department.
Armstrong, however, didn’t rest on his laurels when he was between the ropes. 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. He also possessed the gift of grappling gab, giving him the uncanny ability to wear down a rival with his words as well as with his strength.
His chosen trade later became a family business, as Armstrong’s four sons — Joseph, aka Scott Armstrong, Brad, Steve and Brian, aka WWE Hall of Famer “Road Dogg” Jesse James — followed in their father’s footsteps. The Armstrong boys often found themselves in their dad’s corner, as “Bullet” Bob partnered with each of his sons at various points in a competitive career which spanned over six decades.
For his part, Armstrong often credited his beloved wife, Gail, as the secret to his success. Upon being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, the self-proclaimed “ol’ war horse” also made the case that his many triumphs likely benefited from divine intervention, too.
“I think somebody up there likes me,” Armstrong said during his 2011 WWE Hall of Fame induction speech. “I got to live my dream.”
WWE extends its condolences to Armstrong’s family, friends and fans.”
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