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Robert Bradley James (June 15, 1962-November 1, 2012) was an American professional wrestler as Brad Armstrong. He was best known for his years in WCW.

Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x NWA Global (Florida) Tag Team Champion with Terry Allen (Magnum T.A.), a 2x NWA National Heavyweight Champion, a 2x NWA National Tag Team Championnote , a 1x Mid-South North American Heavyweight Champion, a 1x UWF (Mid-South) World Tag Team Champion with Tim Horner as The Lightning Express, a 1x USWA Heavyweight Champion, a 2x SMW Heavyweight Champion, the last ever WCW World Light Heavyweight Champion and a 1x WCW World 6-Man Tag Team Champion as Badstreet with Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin as The Fabulous Freebirds. He won Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "Rookie Of The Year" Award for 1982 and tied with Brad Rheingans for the same award in The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.


"Armstrong Tropes":

  • Captain Ersatz: As Arachnaman for SpiderMan and Buzzkill (in part) for his brother, Road Dogg. Arachnaman was aborted early once Marvel Comics got wind of it and threatened to sue. The latter was lampshaded during a backstage vignette setting up the character, where Brad asked Vince Russo when he'd get a shot, and Vince replied, "When you get a personality like your brother!" As it turned out, he got a personality very much like his brother's. It didn't help.
  • Cool Mask: As of the Dos Hombres, Fantasia / Badstreet, the Freedom Fighter and Arachnaman.
  • Downer Ending: His death at 50.
  • Finishing Move: Russian Legsweep
  • I Have Many Names: In addition to his own, there was one of the Dos Hombres, Fantasia, Badstreet, the Freedom Fighter, Arachnaman, B.A. and Buzzkill.
  • Jobber: Sadly, WCW notoriously reduced him to this.
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  • New-Age Retro Hippie: As Buzzkill.
  • Parts Unknown: As Arachnaman, he came from Web City.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in SMW): Armstrong's Army, with his father "Bullet" Bob, his brothers Scott, Steve, Brian (Road Dogg), Tracy Smothers and The Rock N Roll Express
    • (in WCW): The No Limit Soldiers
  • Red Baron: 'Candyman'
  • Tag Team:
    • The Lightning Express, with "White Lightning" Tim Horner.
    • Rock And Roll Express 2000, with Ricky Morton
  • White Gangbangers: As B.A. in the No Limit Soldiers.
  • Wrestling Family: A member of the Armstrong wrestling family.
  • Yellow/Purple Contrast: The costume he wore as Arachnaman.

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