Brad Armstrong


Height: 6'0"

Weight: 226 lbs

Real Name: Robert James, Jr.

DOB: 6/15/1961

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Other Names: Badstreet, Arachnaman, Dos Hombres #2, Freedom Fighter, "Candyman", Mr. R, Fantasia, Buzzkill

Wrestler Since: 1981

Finishing Maneuver: Russian Legsweep

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #284(2007), #288(1998), #288(1997), #160(1996), #238(1995), #153(1994), #95(1993), #63(1992), #105(1991)

History: By the time Brad Armstrong became known as the man with the "Armstrong Curse", he had been around the wrestling world more than once. Armstrong started wrestling in the NWA in the early '80s, wrestling with his "father" "Bullet Bob" Armstrong. The two won the NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Titles in 1981 over Randy Rose and Dennis Condrey. They later lost it to the same team later in the year, then came back, still in 1981, and won the titles over Rose and Condrey a second time. When Bob Armstrong was injured, the titles were vacated for a time, until Brad and the Shadow (Norvell Austin) won the titles in May. When they later lost the belts, Brad and the Shadow split up, and Brad soon headed to Georgia.

With his father Bob joining him, Brad got his shot at Georgia gold after the NWA Georgia National Tag-Team titles were vacated. Brad and Bob defeated Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito for the win and the belts in November 1981. They held the titles for about 2 months before losing to the Masked Superstar and the Super Destroyer. Still wrestling in the NWA, Brad won his first singles gold by defeating Scott McGhee in July '82 to become the NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Champion. He stayed the champion for two months, until his weight interfered, vacating the title and pushing him up to the Heavyweight class.

After trying out the singles waters for a while, Brad came back to tag-team action, teaming with his brother Scott Armstrong to win the NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Titles over Midnight Express, Inc., which was Brad's 4th reign (with 3 partners). The two only held the titles for a month before losing them to Devastation Inc. in November '83. In February '84, Brad was given his first big chance, against Ted DiBiase for the NWA National Heavyweight Title (Georgia). Although the match was supposed to be between DiBiase and Mr. R, Armstrong showed up in Mr. R's mask and won the match and the title. Two months later, Armstrong lost the belt to the Spoiler. This was just the start of the two's rivalry. In May '84, Armstrong came back to beat the Spoiler for the Heavyweight belt, then lost again to him in July. Brad then proceeded to go back into the tag-team ranks and, with Tim Horner, formed the Lightning Express. The two win on to win the Georgia National Tag-Team Titles from Rip Rogers and Ted Oates in November. This did not last long, however, as Horner was badly injured, forcing the belts to be vacated, the second time this had happened to Armstrong.

In less than a month, however, Armstrong won another belt, defeating Ernie Ladd for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight title. He stayed the champion for a little over a month before losing to DiBiase. It took Brad over a year to get back into the gold picture, but when he did, he did with a bang, defeating Robert Fuller for the Continental Heavyweight Title in March '86. Soon after, however, Brad became injured, forcing him to forfeit the title (the third time in his career he had to vacate a title due to injuries). When Armstrong came back a few months later, he reclaimed the Continental Heavyweight title by beating Jerry Stubbs in June. He lost to Stubbs a month later. After briefly competing overseas in the All-Japan Junior Heavyweight Tournament (losing to Hiro Saito in the finals), Brad came back in the big third rematch to win the Continental title for a third time. He lost the title again less than a month later to Kevin Sullivan.

When Armstrong moved on to the Universal Wrestling Federation (originally the Tri-State NWA) he reformed the Lightning Express with Horner and managed to defeat Sting and Rick Steiner for the UWF World Tag-Team Titles in May '87. The two held the belts for nearly 5 months before finally losing to the Sheepherders in October. Not long afterwards, the Lighting Express again split up, and Armstrong entered a long period as a midcarder, with few title shots. He began trying various identities to build up his reputation, and eventually came to WCW as Badstreet, a member of the Fabulous Freebirds. With Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes, Badstreet briefly held the WCW 6-Man Tag-Team Titles in late '91, before losing to Big Josh, Tom Zenk, and Dustin Rhodes. Reverting to Brad Armstrong again, he won the WCW Light Heavyweight Title from Scotty Flamingo (Raven) in July '92. But, as had been the case during most of Armstrong's career, he again had to vacate the title due to an injury (the title was ended the same month, making Armstrong the last champion).

Armstrong recovered from his injury slowly, moving on to different organizations. For 3 days in August '95, he was the USWA Heavyweight Champion, but lost the rematch to Billy Jack Haynes. He then quickly moved on to Smoky Mountain Wrestling, beating Buddy Landel to become the Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion, 5 days after losing the USWA championship. This time he was champion for 2 months before losing to Terry Gordy in October. A month later Armstrong defeated Gordy for his second reign as Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion... which lasted 2 days before losing to Tommy Rich.

Armstrong then returned to WCW. He wrestled as a mid-carder, and his career quickly went downhill. Armstrong soon adopted the Armstrong Curse, as he continuously lost match after match in WCW, falling from contention for any of the major titles. Although his brothers, Scott and Steve, started wrestling competitively as a tag-team, Brad faded out of the big picture, leaving many unsure where he was. In April '99, it was announced that he had re-signed with WCW, but he still had a few more months of training before he reappeared in the ring.

In July '99, Master P came to WCW, bringing along various bodyguards. He formed the No Limit Soldiers, along with Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr, against the West Texas Rednecks, led by Curt Hennig. Among the bodyguards was Brad Armstrong, now known as BA, in reference to his brother, a wrestler in the WWF. He started wrestling competitively, teaming with Swoll, a very large bodyguard. The two, along with Konnan and Mysterio, faced off against Hennig, Bobby Duncum Jr, Barry and Kendall Windham in an Elimination Match at the Bash at the Beach '99. Although Armstrong was eliminated by Hennig's Fisherman Suplex, his team won out when Mysterio pinned Hennig and survived. However, soon after, the No Limit Soldiers dissolved, mainly due to Master P leaving the federation.

BA Brad Armstrong tagged with Chase Tatum or Swoll for a while, but he was rarely getting any wins over opposition. Armstrong did return, however, with a brief feud with Berlyn. The fight usually got personal between the two men, with Armstrong's brothers also becoming involved. Armstrong faced Berlyn at Halloween Havoc in 1999, managing to get the pinfall victory. However, after the win, Armstrong again dropped from the limelight, and was rarely seen on WCW's shows. He had a short run as Buzzkill, but didn't get very far.

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Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (25 - 26, 4 Draws, 1 NC)
- Southeastern Tag Team Title Tournament (May 5, '81) = Armstrong & the Shadow won the tournament.
- GCW Omni Thanksgiving Tag-Team Tournament '81 = Brad & Bob Armstrong defeated Luke Williams & Jonathon Boyd, Kevin Sullivan & Wayne Ferris, and Mr. Saito & Mr. Fuji to win the tournament.
- GCW Omni Thanksgiving Tag-Team Tournament '82 = Armstrong & Tito Santana beat Hiro Matsuda & the Great Yatsu, then fell to the Moondogs, who eventually won the tournament.
- Southeastern Title Tournament (March '84) = Armstrong and the Spoiler fought to a Draw in the first round. Jimmy Golden won the tournament.
- GCW National Tag-Team Title Tournament (May '84) = Armstrong & Ronnie Garvin lost to Jake Roberts & The Great Kabuki. The Road Warriors won the tournament.
- GCW National Tag-Team Title Tournament (November '84) = Armstrong & Jacques Rougeau beat Bob Roop & the Italian Stallion and Rip Rogers & Ted Oates, then lost to Scott & Bill Irwin in the Finals.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (March '85) = Armstrong, Shawn Michaels, and Terry Daniels defeated Edgar Thomas, Jack Victory, and Thor.
- NWA Mid-South Television Title Tournament (May '85) = Armstrong lost to Jake Roberts, who later won the tournament.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravanganza (June '85) = Armstrong & Brickhouse Brown lost to Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (July '86) = Armstrong lost to Hiro Saito, who became the first PWF Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- Alabama Title Tournament (September '86) = Armstrong fell to Jerry Stubbs. Wendall Cooley won the tournament.
- NWA Central States Title Tournament (November '86) = Armstrong drew with Rick Rude in the first round. Sam Houston won the tournament.
- WCW Starrcade '86 = Armstrong fought to a draw with Jimmy Garvin.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (June '87) = The Lightning Express (Armstrong & Tim Horner) retained the UWF Tag Titles, beating Rick Steiner & Sting.
- WCW Great American Bash '87 = The Lightning Express defended their UWF Tag-Team Belts by defeating Bubba Rogers and the Angel of Death.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (August '87) = The Lightning Express won, via DQ, over the Midnight Express.
- NWA 3rd Annual Jim Crockett Sr Memorial Tag-Team Tournament Cup (April '88) = The Lightning Express beat Johnny Ace & John Savage, then fell to Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane. Lex Luger & Sting won the tournament.
- WCW Clash of the Champions II (June '88) = Armstrong lost to the NWA United States Champ Barry Windham.
- WCW Clash of the Champions III (September '88) = Armstrong and NWA Television Champ Mike Rotunda fought to a draw.
- CWF Tag Team Title Tournament (November '88) = Armstrong & the Bullet defeated Ken Wayne & Alan Martin, but lost to the Dirty White Boy & Jerry Stubbs in the Finals.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XII (September '90) = The Lightning Express lost to the Master Blasters.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '90 = Armstrong pinned J.W. Storm.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XIII (November '90) = Armstrong was forced to submit by the Big Cat.
- WCW WrestleWar '91 = Armstrong lost to Bobby Eaton.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVIII (January '92) = Armstrong and Big Josh lost to the Freebirds.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXI (November '92) = Armstrong was pinned by Flyin' Brian Pillman.
- WCW Starrcade '92 = Armstrong defeated Shanghai Pierce in a dark match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXII (January '93) = Armstrong was beaten by Chris Benoit.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February '93) = Armstrong was beaten by Akiri Nogami.
- WCW Slamboree '93 = Armstrong and Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ivan Koloff and Baron von Raschke.
- NJPW Super Grade Tag League III (October 8 - November 4, '93) = Armstrong and Sean Royal competed in the League, which was won by Keiji Mutoh and Hiro Hase.
- WCW Slamboree '94 = Brad and Brian Armstrong lost to Paul Orndorff and Paul Roma in a dark match.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June '94) = Armstrong & Dean Malenko were beaten by Wild Pegasus & the Black Tiger.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '94 = Brad and Brian Armstrong defeated Bobby Eaton and Steve Keirn in a dark match.
- WCW Fall Brawl '94 = Again, Brad and Brian Armstrong beat Bobby Eaton and Steve Keirn in a dark match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXX (January '95) = Brad and Scott Armstrong won a Dark Match over Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater.
- WCW Superbrawl V ('95) = Armstrong, in a dark match, lost to Paul Orndorff.
- SMW Superbowl of Wrestling (August '95) = Armstrong won the USWA Title from Billy Jack Haynes.
- SMW Fire On The Mountain '95 = Armstrong competed in a "Battle Royal" that was later ruled a No-Contest. Later in the night, Armstrong pinned Brian Lee, then defeated Buddy Landell in a "Lumberjacks with Tennis Rackets" Match to win the SMW Title.
- SMW Thanksgiving Thunder '95 = Armstrong won the SMW Heavyweight Title by defeating Terry Gordy in a "Country Whipping" Match.
- WCW World War III '97 = Armstrong competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Scott Hall.
- WCW Superbrawl VIII ('98) = Armstrong lost quickly to Bill Goldberg.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '99 = BA Brad Armstrong, Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr, and Swoll fought in an elimination match against Curt Hennig, Bobby Duncum Jr, and Barry and Kendall Windham. Armstrong was eliminated by Hennig. Mysterio earned the win for his team, though, by pinning Hennig and becoming the sole survivor.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '99 = BA Brad Armstrong defeated Berlyn.
- Wrestle Reunion #1 (January 29, '05) = Armstrong competed in the "IWA Heavyweight Title Battle Royal", which was won by Greg Valentine.
- Wrestle Reunion #2 (August 27, '05) = Brad & Bob Armstrong fell to Don & Joe Muraco.
- World Wrestling Legends PPV (March 5, '06) = Brad, Bob, & Scott Armstrong defeated Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey, & Stan Lane.
- DSW Six Flags Park Slam '07 (March 17) = Armstrong & the Major Brothers were beaten by William Regal, Dave Taylor, & Finlay.

Title Summary:
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champion w/ Bob Armstrong (1981)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Bob Armstrong (1981)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ The Shadow (1981)
- NWA Georgia National Tag-Team Champion w/ Bob Armstrong (11/25/1981 - 1/22/1982)
- NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Champion (7/1982 - 9/1982)
- NWA Global Tag-Team Champion w/ Terry Allen (4/13/1983 - 5/08/1983)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Scott Armstrong (10/1983 - 11/1983)
- NWA Georgia National Heavyweight Champion (2/18/1984 - 4/12/1984)
- NWA Georgia National Heavyweight Champion(2) (5/04/1984 - 7/01/1984)
- NWA Georgia National Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Tim Horner (11/1984)
- Mid-South North American Heavyweight Champion (12/05/1984 - 1/16/1985)
- Continental Heavyweight Champion (3/14/1986 - 4/1986)
- Continental Heavyweight Champion(2) (6/23/1986 - 7/14/1986)
- Continental Heavyweight Champion(3) (9/08/1986 - 9/22/1986)
- UWF Tag-Team Champion w/ Tim Horner (5/17/1987 - 10/16/1987)
- CWF Tag-Team Champion w/ ??? (??/??/??)
- WCW World 6-Man Tag-Team Champion w/ Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes(6/03/1991 - 8/05/1991)
- WCW World Light Heavyweight Champion (7/05/1992 - 9/02/1992)
- USWA Heavyweight Champion (8/04/1995 - 8/07/1995)
- Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion (8/12/1995 - 10/25/1995)
- Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion(2) (11/23/1995 - 11/25/1995)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion w/ Ricky Morton (11/06/2010 - Current)

PWI Achievement Awards: (1 win, 0 1st RUs, 0 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1982 Rookie of the Year