Steve Armstrong

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Steve Armstrong
Birth name Steven James
Born (1965-03-16) March 16, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Marietta, Georgia[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Lance Cassidy
The Falcon
Steve James
The Bullet
Steve Armstrong
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Billed weight 224 lb (102 kg)[2]
Billed from Marietta, Georgia[2]
"The great state of Texas" (as Lance Cassidy)
Trained by Bob Armstrong[1]
Debut 1983[2]

Steven "Steve" James (born March 16, 1965), better known by his ring name Steve Armstrong is a professional wrestler and is the son of "Bullet" Bob Armstrong. He has three brothers who also entered the wrestling business: Scott, Brad (who died in 2012) and Brian.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Steve Armstrong started wrestling in 1983 in the Alabama-based "Southeast Championship Wrestling". He formed a team called the "Rat Patrol" with Johnny Rich and they feuded with Ron Fuller's Stud Stable (Jerry Stubbs and Arn Anderson).[1]

Steve formed a team with Tracy Smothers in "Florida Championship Wrestling" in 1987 called The Southern Boys. They won the Tag Team Titles and feuded with "The New Breed" (Chris Champion and Sean Royal).[3] They went back to Continental Championship Wrestling (formerly SCW) and feuded with Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden over the Tag Team Titles.[4]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1988-1989)[edit]

In July 1988 he made his debut in Japan for NJPW, mainly working with Tracy against the likes of Shinya Hashimoto, Masahiro Chono, Riki Chōshū and even working in the main event against the legendary Antonio Inoki.[5]

World Championship Wrestling (1990-1992)[edit]

In 1990, The Southern Boys went to World Championship Wrestling and feuded with The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin). In 1991, they changed their name to The Young Pistols and they became heels and won the U.S. Tag Team Titles.[6]

World Wrestling Federation (1992-1993)[edit]

In 1992, Steve came to the WWF as Lance Cassidy under a babyface cowboy gimmick. He made his TV debut on the October 10, 1992 episode of Superstars, beating Tom Stone. The run proved to be short, as after only a few TV appearances and some house show victories over Skinner and Terry Taylor, he left the WWF in January 1993.[7][8]

Smoky Mountain Wrestling (1993-1995)[edit]

In 1993, he started to work for Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He worked in Smoky Mountain for two years and mainly worked in tag team competition with his brother Scott. In his last year with Smoky he was in a feud with Buddy Landel for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[9]

World Championship Wrestling (1995-2000)[edit]

In 1995, he returned to work for WCW when he took part in the first World War 3 battle royal. He was mainly used as a jobber working with his brother Scott as The Armstrongs on Saturday Night, WorldWide and on rare occasions on Monday Nitro. In March 29, 2000 he made his last TV appreance for the promotion as he lost to Hugh Morrus on Saturday Night.[10]

Semi retirement[edit]

After his run with WCW he made a few appearances for the resurrected Continental Championship Wrestling from 2002 to 2005.[11]

In August 2002 he worked under The Bullet mask for TNA Wrestling, having a match with Jeff Jarrett.[12]

In October 2005 he had match with Elix Skipper for the NWA Wrestle Birmingham in the Boutwell Memorial Auditorium.

In December 2008 he had a tag team match alongside his father against Aaron Idol and Michael Patrick for the Great American Wrestling Federation.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Wrestler profile: Steve Armstrong". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Statistics for Professional wrestlers". PWI Presents: 1998 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts (Kappa Publications). pp. 60–72. 1998 Edition. 
  3. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Florida: NWA Florida Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 157. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Alabama: CWF Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 148. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=1487&page=4&year=1988&promotion=7
  6. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "United States: 19th century & widely defended titles - NWA, WWF, AWA, IWA, ECW, NWA". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 23. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "Ring Results: WWF 1992". The History of WWE. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "Ring Results: WWF 1993". The History of WWE. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=1487&page=4&year=1995&promotion=32
  10. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=1487&page=4&year=2000&promotion=2
  11. ^ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/s/steve-armstrong/
  12. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=1487&page=4&year=2002&promotion=5
  13. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Florida: Bahamas Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 159. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.