WWE Hall of Famer 'Bullet' Bob Armstrong dies at 80 after battle with cancer

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Bob Armstrong speaks at his WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
WWE Hall of Famer "Bullet" Bob Armstrong has died at age 80. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

WWE Hall of Famer and legend “Bullet” Bob Armstrong has died at 80, his sons announced on Thursday night. Scott Armstrong, a WWE producer, and Brian Armstrong, a WWE Hall of Famer in his own right, posted the sad news on Twitter.

Scott announced in March that his dad was suffering from cancer his ribs, shoulder, and prostate, but had decided against going through treatment.

Born in Georgia in 1939, Armstrong served in the Marines and spent seven years as a firefighter before starting his wrestling career. Making his debut in 1960, back when professional wrestling was divided into territories, he made a name for himself wrestling in the southeastern territories and racked up numerous titles using his signature move, the Georgia Jawbreaker.

He retired in 1988, but he never completely retired. He continued wrestling sporadically, last stepping into the ring in 2019, when he was a sprightly 79, a whopping 59 years after his very first match.

His four sons — Scott, Brian, Brad, and Steve — all followed him into wrestling, turning it into the family business. He wrestled for six decades, and would eventually partner with each of his sons in the ring. They were on hand when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

The wrestling world mourns “Bullet” Bob

There was an outpouring of love and sympathy after the Armstrong boys announced their father’s death on Twitter. Mick Foley, CM Punk, Triple H, and others shared their memories of the legendary wrestler.

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