Bob Armstrong - Bone Cancer
1939-2020 (80 years)
Fans say wrestlers are legitimate badass, but Bob Armstrong was double-tough before entering the square circle, serving as a Navy and Firefighter before becoming one of the Territory Age's best babyfaces.
James Melton James was born October 3, 1939 and loved to watch professional wrestling with his father. The man who would become known as Bob Armstrong served in the Marines and was stationed in Korea.
After serving in the Marines, Armstrong became a firefighter, but had been bitten by the wrestling virus and entered the game of grappling in 1963. By 1970 Armstrong was wrestling full time.
Typically working as a babyface, Bob Armstrong boasted of a powerful physique and had the right mix of harshness and humility that made him the perfect babyface in the days of the Territory.
It was in the 1970s that the Armstrong star began to rise while wrestling in Georgia and later in Championship Wrestling Florida.
Armstrong won a number of singles and tag team titles in the Territories and won a title against world heavyweight champion NWA Jack Brisco, to come but still looking like a champion.
Armstrong's mix of brawling moves and martial arts gave him an eclectic style and fans applauded when he spoke of "lifting the jaws of opponents."
A regional favorite
Bob Armstrong continued to work in the Territories until the 1980s, competing with some of wrestling's biggest stars including "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Ted DiBiase and Ric Flair.
Armstrong kept himself in a ring shape through a rigorous weightlifting regimen, but his pumping iron nearly ended his life when his weight bench broke, dropping 180 pounds on his face. Armstrong required extensive plastic surgery, but like any true professional wrestler, he incorporated the injury into a storyline, donning a mask and claiming an opponent had injured him.
Armstrong's masked identity "The Bullet" has become an important aspect of his career.
A long half-retreat
Bob Armstrong stopped competing full time in 1988, but his career was far from over. He served as Jim Cornette's Smokey Mountain Wrestling commissioner and continued to wrestle part-time and occasionally manage.
On May 11, 2019, “Bullet” Bob played his last game, defeating the Assassin at the age of 79.
Father of a wrestling dynasty
Armstrong began a wrestling dynasty, with his four sons all entering the square circle. Brian James found success in WWF as "The Road Dogg" Jesse James, Brad armstrong teamed up with his father and worked in singles competitions, and brothers Steve and Scott had varying degrees of success.
Armstrong's sons inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, a well-deserved tribute for an exceptional career.
Death of Bob Armstrong
Armstrong's toughness was legendary, and this story should give you an idea of just how. According to Dave Meltzer:
"When he [Armstrong] was in his sixties, due to a combination of damage from decades of bumps and heavy loads, he lost control of the little finger in one of his hands. This prevented him from grabbing dumbbells and lifting enough weight to make him happy. No problem, he just cut off their finger so he could get a better grip.
Bob Armstrong was diagnosed with prostate cancer and according to The Wrestling Observer newsletter, he refused treatment because he knew the cancer was terminal.
On August 27, 2020, Bob Armstrong passed away at the age of 80. His wife Vida had passed away earlier in the year and Armstrong is survived by his sons Brian, Scott and Steve.
What are your favorite Bob Armstrong “Bullet” memories? Let us know in the comments below.
Below we will give you a rundown on the most popular sections of our website that will help you with your sports betting, and our common goal of beating the bookies or making a profit with our betting.
The most popular section of our sports betting site is the Sports Betting Picks page, which is updated daily with free picks. Here at The Sports Geek we’ve put together a team of spécialiste sports bettors who are all very qualified to contribute to the site with their betting advice for the night’s action.
We are constantly reviewing the picks the team is putting out on a nightly basis to ensure we have only the highest quality information and picks being posted at The Sports Geek. We have certain team members dedicated to each league so that they can keep their focus focus on their handicapping specialties. This allows each writer to specialize in their sports and give out picks with a very solid winning percentage.
You can sign up for our email list by clicking on the button at the top of this page to receive every pick we release in the free picks section email.
Our site section has been implemented to add dynamic and useful content regarding the current climate in sports as well as betting on sports. We hope that you find the articles here helpful and really enjoy reading them. We continue to update the site web regularly with new articles to make sure that our readers are staying up to date with what’s happening in the world of sports.
Another very popular section of The Sports Geek is our Sports Betting Strategy section. We give you basic sports betting tips and strategies for those bettors new to sports betting, but we also have very in-depth sports betting strategy articles written by professional sports bettors, who have made hundreds of thousands of dollars betting on sports.
If you want to make more money betting on sports this is a section of The Sports Geek that you must spend some time reading through. The basics will help you get started on the right track, and the advanced articles will help you find edges over the sportsbooks and give you the best chance at winning.
All of this has been done to accomplish our goal of making this the best sports betting guide on the Internet. We hope you take the time to read through these articles.
This section of our website has two purposes. The first is to help beginner sports bettors understand how to read betting odds, including learning about the different types of odds you will see posted by the sportsbooks. The deuxième is to provide live odds feed for bettors to compare the odds some of the top sports betting sites are offering. As any experienced sports bettor knows, it is extremely important to compare odds and place your wagers using the best odds available to you. This is also referred to as “line shopping”. If you read any of our sports betting strategy articles you will know that this is a must if you want to make money betting on sports.
Online sports betting is a billion dollar industry, and it’s becoming more and more each and every day. We’ve personally reviewed a number of sports betting sites so that we can recommend only the best sites out there.
We will say that online sports betting may not be legal where you live, so please check your local laws before placing bets online at these sports betting sites. And we also want to point out that there have been “scam” type sites in the past known to steal money from their bettors, so make sure you stick with recommended betting sites we list here at The Sports Geek.
Lastly with online betting it is easy to get carried away and bet more than you can afford. Always make sure you gamble responsibly. If you have a gambling problem or know someone who does, please get help. Visit Gamblers Anonymous today to learn more about getting help with your sports betting or gambling problem.
Wow, 2018 flew by and was a great year in sports overall. We enjoyed a lot of success with the free picks here at The Sports Geek and have grown our great team of handicappers. 2019 is shaping up to be a great year with new experts joining the team and a new website to launch early in the year. We will continue to grow our Daily Fantasy Sports section of the website, which has really taken off in the last year. We are looking forward to helping you have a successful and enjoyable 2019 !
The Sports Geek was founded in 2008 and has continued to grow since. It started off as a small site and there were no real big partouze for it, but as the volonté for sports betting grew the website also grew with it. It’s had a team of writers helping give out free picks daily since 2010 and we’ve had a lot of success with our picks. Because of the abundance of free sports betting information we offer, our following has continued to grow. Currently our team includes five experts, which you can learn more about on our About Us page.
Our goal is to be the best website on the Internet for free sports betting information and picks, and we are constantly working on finding new ways to improve our site to best fit your needs as a sports bettor. Winning money betting on sports isn’t easy, but our goal is to educate every sports bettor as much as we can to help you in your goal of profiting with your betting.