R.I.P. Brad Armstrong
Sad news to report today as WWE.com is reporting that Brad Armstrong of the famous Armstrong family has passed away at the age of 51. Brad was probably best known in wrestling for his time in the NWA during it’s boom period in the 80′s. Brad leaves behind his father, WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, and brothers Scott Armstrong who is a current WWE referee, Steve Armstrong who competed in WWE as “Leif Cassidy,” and current WWE agent “Road Dogg” Jessie James.
Though Brad competed mainly in the mid card in the Crocket NWA, he was considered a great wrestler and probably the most athletic of all his brothers. Brad had a long run in the NWA, even into the WCW years where he had a reign as cruiserweight champion. Brad also competed under a mask in WCW, both as “Badstreet” as a member of the Freebirds, and as “Arachnaman” in 1991. Armstrong also stayed with WCW throughout the Nitro years and had many great matches during the time.
In 2006, Brad was hired by WWE to be an agent and part time wrestler in their version of ECW and appeared on TV as an announcer during that period. Brad’s last big spotlight was when he took part in inducting his father Bullet Bob into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
Our condolences to the Armstrong family. In honor of his career, here is a great match from Slamboree ’96 as Brad Armstrong takes on Dean Malenko for the WCW Cruiserweight Title: