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Pro Wrestling Legend “Bullet” Bob Armstrong Dies After Bone Cancer Battle

WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, born Joseph James, has passed away at the age of 80.

Armstrong’s son Brian G. James, best known as WWE Hall of Famer “Road Dogg” Jesse James, announced his father’s passing on August 27.

He tweeted, “It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of our Father @WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong. Information regarding funeral arrangements will come at a later date.”


Brian tweeted about his dad’s battle with bone cancer in March. He wrote, “Today my 80 year 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.”

A statement about Armstrong’s death was also posted on the WWE website. Armstrong’s legacy includes being the patriarch of the famous Armstrong wrestling family– his other three sons, Scott, Brad and Steve Armstrong, followed in their late dad’s footsteps by also carving impressive careers in the wrestling business like their brother Brian.

“Bullet” Bob Armstrong began his wrestling career in 1960. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, in the same induction class as Shawn Michaels, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Abdullah the Butcher, The Road Warriors, Sunny and comedian Drew Carey. Many of wrestling’s finest, including Triple H, CM Punk and Matt Hardy gave their respects to the esteemed athlete on social media.

The former Marine and firefighter wrestled his final match in 2019 for Continental Championship Wrestling.

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Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.
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