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Steve Armstrong
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Steve Armstrong
Birth nameSteven James
Born (1965-03-16) March 16, 1965 (age 55)[1]
Marietta, Georgia[2]
ResidencePensacola, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Lance Cassidy
The Falcon
Steve James
The Bullet
Steve Armstrong
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Billed weight224 lb (102 kg)[2]
Billed fromMarietta, Georgia[2]
"The great state of Texas" (as Lance Cassidy)
Trained byBob Armstrong[1]

Steven 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

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)

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

World Championship Wrestling (1990-1992)

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)

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)

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]

Return to WCW (1995-2000)

On April 25, 1995, he returned to work for WCW and wrestled Craig Pittman at a WCW Saturday Night episode. In July he began teaming with his brother Scott as The James Boys. At the July 10 taping of WCW Pro WCW Tag-Team Champions Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slaytor defeated the duo in the debut match. A month later on the August 5 edition they fell to Arn Anderson and Ric Flair. On August 22 they faced Men at Work but were again unsuccessful.[10] Steve made his return to PPV when he appeared at WCW World War III on November 26, 1995 when he competed in the three ring battle royal.

Although back as a performer in WCW, he was mainly used as a jobber working with his brother Scott as The Armstrongs or James Brothers on Saturday Night, WorldWide and on rare occasions on Monday Nitro. On the February 17 edition of WCW Saturday Night they again fell to Men at Work. In June 1996 they were defeated by Public Enemy, and on the July 1 edition they were defeated again by Arn Anderson and Ric Flair. On the July 28, 1996 edition of WCW Worldwide they fell to Lord Steven Regal and Squire Dave Taylor.[11] On the August 22 taping of WCW Pro The Armstrong Brothers would finally gain their first WCW victory when they defeated Bill Payne and Rick Thames. They would go on to face The Amazing French Canadians and The Faces of Fear during the remainder of 1996.[11]

The Armstrong Brothers would continue teaming in 1997 and faced The Amazing French Canadians and The Steiner Brothers. On the April 13 edition of WCW Worldwide they defeated The Southern Posse. After this they moved on to a brief series of matches with Harlem Heat, and in May 1997 defeated the new duo of Jim Powers and Bobby Walker, the latter put together by Teddy Long. After this they were winless for the rest of 1997 in matches with Mortis and Wrath, as well as The Public Enemy.[12] Their pairing continued into 1998 but again saw little success. They were winless against High Voltage in multiple encounters. On the September 13 PPV Fall Brawl 98 they were involved in an angle when WCW Worldwide announcer Mike Tenay attempted to interview them, only to be interrupted by Ernest Miller who then attacked both brothers. Thirteen days later they would defeat The Power Company on WCW Saturday Night. On November 30, 1998 the duo enjoyed the biggest victory of their WCW tenure when they upset Raven and Kanyon on WCW Monday Nitro.[13]

Success continued for The Armstrong Brothers in 1999. On January 6, they upset Alex Wright and Disco Inferno in Mobile, AL. On the January 9 edition of WCW Saturday Night they defeated Nick Dinsmore and Mike Sullivan. The winning streak was stopped in April on WCW Saturday Night when they were defeated by Disorderly Conduct. On April 27, at a television taping in Bismarck, ND they faced the NWO for the first time and defeated Vincent and Stevie Ray. On April 29, on WCW Monday Nitro the team faced Raven in a handicap match and were victorious.[14] Scott's teaming with Steve finally came to an end on March 1, 2000, when The James Brothers faced WCW World Tag-Team Champions Big Vito and Johnny The Bull at a WCW Saturday Night taping.

On March 29, 2000 Steve made his last TV appearance for the promotion as he lost to Hugh Morrus on Saturday Night.[15]

Semi retirement

After his run with WCW he made a few appearances for the resurrected Continental Championship Wrestling from 2002 to 2005.[16]

In August 2002 he worked under The Bullet mask for TNA Wrestling, having a match with Jeff Jarrett.[17]

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 James and Michael Patrick for the Great American Wrestling Federation.

Championships and accomplishments


  1. ^ a b c "Wrestler profile: Steve Armstrong". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 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.
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  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 2010.
  8. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "Ring Results: WWF 1993". The History of WWE. Retrieved 2010.
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  18. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Florida: Bahamas Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 159. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.

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