WWE Hall of Famer Bullet Bob Armstrong died Thursday at the age of 80.
Two of Armstrong’s sons—WWE producer Scott Armstrong and WWE Hall of Famer Brian Armstrong (aka the Road Dogg)—announced his passing on Twitter. Funeral arrangements will be given at a later time.
Armstrong suffered from bone cancer that had spread to his ribs, shoulder and prostate, per Scott.
That did not stop him from getting in a workout just five months ago:
Scott Armstrong @WWEArmstrong
Today my 80yr old Dad, @WWE Hall of Famer Bullet Bob, asked if he could come over to get a workout! He’s got bone cancer in his ribs, shoulder and prostate and chose not to go through any treatment (his choice)! I put 30lbs on there and he said, “Gimme 100lbs!!! #Motivation 😎 https://t.co/yhfda0AGqA
WWE.com also spread news of his passing and provided these words on his in-ring work:
“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.”
Armstrong won a litany of titles in an era where professional wrestling was split into territories.
The United States Marine and former Cobb County (Georgia) firefighter made his name in the Southeastern U.S. Armstrong performed for the National Wrestling Alliance and its affiliates.
He faced off against some of the biggest names in pro wrestling history, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Rowdy Roddy Piper.
He also appeared in professional wrestling matches 59 years apart, with his first occurring in 1960 and his last taking place in 2019:
Armstrong had a great reputation in the business inside and out of the ring. David Bixenspan offered this remembrance that best encapsulated the man’s legacy:
David Bixenspan @davidbix
RIP Bullet Bob Armstrong, one of the toughest human beings ever to walk the face of the planet and a true legend of the rasslin business. May his memory be a blessing. https://t.co/wDGv2POMgM
He was rightfully inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, with his sons introducing him:
“I think somebody up there likes me,” Armstrong said during his speech. “I got to live my dream.“
An outpouring of remembrances and support came through on Twitter following news of his death, including those from CM Punk, Triple H, Mick Foley and All Elite Wrestling:
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. https://t.co/Un9Yn7Rle6
Triple H @TripleH
[email protected] 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.
Mick Foley @RealMickFoley
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
All Elite Wrestling @AEWrestling
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of the legendary “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans.
Armstrong is survived by Scott, Brian and his two other sons, Steve and Robert. His wife, Vida Gail James, passed away in June.