- Bob Armstrong
names=Alabama Jaw Jacker Bob Armstrong
Georgia Jaw Cracker Jim Durango
height= 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
weight= 227 lb (103 kg)
birth_date =Birth date and age|1937|10|3|mf=y
Joseph James (born
October 3,1937 is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Bullet" Bob Armstrong. In the course of his career, which spanned five decades, Armstrong held numerous championships throughout the Southeastern United States. Armstrong is also the patriarch of the Armstrong wrestling family; he has four sons (Scott, Brad, Steve and Brian), all of whom became wrestlers.
When he was a child, Joseph James's father took him to see Gorgeous George wrestle. The young James was impressed and intrigued by the flamboyant performer. As a young man, James served in the Marine Corps of the United States armed forces and was stationed in
Korea. During his recruit trainingin Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Islandon Parris Island, South Carolina, James was named Honor Man. After leaving the military, he began working for the Marietta Fire Department as a firefighterin 1962.
He debuted as a wrestler in the same year, adopting the ring name Bob Armstrong. By 1966, Armstrong had become a popular face in the
Savannah, Georgiaarea, and in 1969 he ceased working as a firefighter and began focusing on his wrestling career. He is currently living in Gulf Breeze Florida.
Armstrong achieved considerable popularity in the Southeastern United States, particularly in
Alabamaand his home state of Georgia. He frequently wrestled for affiliates of the National Wrestling Alliance, and on October 9, 1974in Miami Beach, Florida, Armstrong unsuccessfully challenged Jack Briscofor the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
bench pressing a dumbbellweighing upwards of 180 lb (82 kg) in a gymin Huntington, Georgia, the bench that Armstrong was lying upon broke, leading to the weight falling on his face. Armstrong's face was severely damaged and his nose was torn entirely off, and he required $38,000 USD worth of plastic surgeryto repair it. While undergoing surgery, Armstrong donned a wrestling maskto conceal his disfigured features and began using the ring name "The Bullet". As "The Bullet", Armstrong feuded with the Stud Stablein Continental Championship Wrestling. He eventually discarded the mask after his surgeries were complete, but retained the nickname "Bullet" for the remainder of his career.
Armstrong trained each of his sons to wrestle, and formed
tag teams with them in the 1980s and 1990s. In the course of his career, he toured both Japanand Korea.
Armstrong went into semi-retirement in the 1990s. In addition to making occasional appearance on the
independent circuitin Georgia and Alabama, Armstrong acted as the commissioner of Smoky Mountain Wrestlingand worked backstage with Southeast Championship Wrestling and the Continental Wrestling Federation.
Armstrong appeared on the first weekly
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-viewon June 26, 2002alongside fellow National Wrestling Allianceveterans Corsica Joe, Dory Funk, Jr., Harley Race, Jackie Fargoand Sarah Lee. His next appearance was on the August 14, 2002pay-per-view, where he was introduced as an on-screen authority figure and informed Jeff Jarrettthat he would face a mystery opponent one week later. The mystery opponent was revealed to be "The Masked Bullet", a masked wrestler who imitated Armstrong's mannerisms (although Armstrong himself came to ringside during the match, proving that he was not the Bullet). On the August 28, 2002pay-per-view, Jarrett fought the Bullet to a no contest before striking Armstrong with a chair. On the September 18, 2002pay-per-view, the Bullet unmasked, revealing himself to be Armstrong's son Brian.
December 5, 2005, Armstrong underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. Despite being advised to refrain from wrestling until March 2006, Armstrong resumed wrestling later that month.
December 3, 2005episode of "TNA iMPACT!", Armstrong returned to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, congratulating the newly formed Four Live Kru on their unity. However, at "Turning Point" on December 11, 2005, the Four Live Kru disintegrated, with Konnanbetraying fellow members Kip James and B.G. James (the youngest son of Bob Armstrong). Armstrong declared that he would reunite the Kru and unsuccessfully petitioned the fourth former member, Ron Killings, to that effect on the December 24episode of "iMPACT!". One week later, Armstrong tried once more to reform the group, this time approaching Konnan. Apparently willing to negotiate, Konnan led Armstrong backstage, only for Armstrong to be ambushed and beaten down by Konnan's newly formed stable, the Latin American Exchange(LAX). Footage from Armstrong's knee surgery from earlier that month aired on "iMPACT!" in January 2006, with the kayfabeexplanation that the assault at the hands of the LAX had necessitated the surgical repair of Armstrong's knee.
At "Against All Odds" on
February 12, 2006, Kip and B.G. James (the James Gang) faced the Latin American Exchange, with B.G. intent upon avenging the harm done to his "daddy". The James Gang were victorious, but were ambushed by the LAX after the match. They were saved when the returning Bob Armstrong entered the ring and chased the LAX away. The confrontation led to a six man bout between the LAX and Armstrong and the James Gang at "Destination X" on March 12, which was won by Kip James. Despite the two consecutive victories of the James Gang, Armstrong remained hungry for revenge, and challenged Konnan to an arm wrestlingcontest, which was to be held on the April 8episode of "iMPACT!". The contest did not finish due to interference from Homicide and the newest LAX member, Hernandez, who had been sent to the locker room prior, as were the James Gang. The James Gang ran back out to the ring to help Armstrong, and later in the show a rematch was announced for "Lockdown" on April 23. Armstrong went on to win the rematch in his final appearance with TNA. Recently Bob has wrestled for All Star Championship Wrestling with his son Brad, promoter Rock Parsons, and Ole Anderson.
January 17, 2008episode of "iMPACT!", B.G. announced that Bob would be his tag team partner when he uses his Feast or Fired Tag Title shot. However, he and his son came up short at winning the championship.
Still active at age 70, Bob is slated to face 34 year old
Tate Fugatefor Fugate's Tennessee Championship WrestlingWorld Heavyweight Title in a Best Two out of Three match on August 9, 2008at a Tennessee Pro Wrestlingevent in Rockwood, Tennesee.
*Finishing and signature moves:*"Bullet Buster" (Sitout jawbreaker):*Second rope diving front elbow drop:*Figure four leglock
Championships and accomplishments
Championship Wrestling from Florida:* NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship(2 times) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/fl/nwa/fl-south-h.html NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history] At wrestling-titles.com]
Georgia Championship Wrestling:*NWA Columbus Heavyweight Championship (2 times) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/columbus-h.html Columbus Heavyweight Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Columbus Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Robert Fuller [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/columbus-t.html Columbus Tag Team Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Georgia Southern Heavyweight Championship (1 time) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/ga-south-h.html NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Georgia) history] At wrestling-titles.com] :* NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship(4 times) - with Dick Steinborn (1) and Robert Fuller(3) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/ga-t.html NWA Georgia Tag Team Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Georgia Television Championship (1 time) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/ga-tv.html NWA Georgia Television Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Macon Heavyweight Championship (3 times) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/macon-h.html Macon Heavyweight Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :* NWA Macon Tag Team Championship(6 times) - with Paul DeMarco (1), El Mongol(1), Bill Dromo (3) and Argentina Apollo (1) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/macon-t.html Macon Tag Team Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :* NWA National Tag Team Championship(1 time) - with Brad Armstrong [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/nat-t.html NWA National Tag Team Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship "(Georgia version)" (4 times) - with El Mongol(1), Bill Dromo (1), and Roberto Soto (2) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/ga-se-t.html NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title (Georgia) history] At wrestling-titles.com]
NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship(2 times) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/nwa/midam-h.html NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship "(Memphis version)" (3 times) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/cwa/awa-s-h.html NWA/AWA Southern Heavyweight Title history] At wrestling-titles.com]
*NWA Tri-State:*NWA North American Heavyweight Championship "(Tri-State version)" (1 time) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/midsouth/mids-na-h.html North American Heavyweight Title (Mid-South) history] At wrestling-titles.com]
*Southeastern Championship Wrestling |Continental Wrestling Federation:*
CWF Tag Team Championship(1 time) - with Brad Armstrong [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/knoxville/cwf/cwf-t.html CWF Tag Team Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :* NWA Alabama Heavyweight Championship(3 times) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/al-h.html NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :* NWA Southeast Continental Heavyweight Championship(4 times) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/secw/cont-h.html NWA Southeast Continental Heavyweight Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship "(Northern version)" (8 times) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/secw/se-h.html NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title (Southeastern/Continental) history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship "(Southern Division)" (1 time) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/secw/se-s-h.html NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title (Southern Division) history] At wrestling-titles.com] (First):*NWA Six-Man Tag Team Championship "(Southeastern version)" (1 time) - with Brad Armstrong and Steve Armstrong [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/secw/se-6.html NWA Southeastern 6-Man Tag Team Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] (First and Only):*NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship "(Northern Division)" (8 times) - with Ken Lucas (1), Robert Fuller (2), Jos LeDuc (2), Steve Armstrong (1), and Brad Armstrong (2) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/secw/se-t.html NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship "(Southern Division)" (1 time) - with Robert Fuller[ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/secw/se-s-t.html NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title (Southern Division) history] At wrestling-titles.com] :*NWA Southeastern Television Championship "(Southern Division)" (1 time) [ [http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/secw/se-s-tv.html NWA Southeastern Television Title (Southern Division) history] At wrestling-titles.com] (First)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated:*PWI ranked him # 155 of the 500 best singles wretlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
1Title was awarded to them sometime in 2005 though the records are unclear as to the exact date and which promotion they wrestled in at the time.
* [http://www.tnawrestling.com/fullnews.php?home=623 Interview with Brian James]
* [http://www.wrestlingdotcom.com/news/126361949.php "Recap of Bob Armstrong Radio Interview"]
* [http://nodq.com/tna/138882845.shtml "Samoa Joe / TNA update, Armstrong leg injury, more"]
* [http://bodyslamming.com/other/bullet.html Bob Armstrong] at Bodyslamming.com
* [http://www.cagematch.de/cgi-bin/database/english/profile.cgi?action=overview&worker=00000839 Bob Armstrong] at Cagematch.de
* [http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/bob-armstrong.html Bob Armstrong Profile] at OWW
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