• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (November 1, 2012) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2012, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran Brad Armstrong (Real name: Robert Bradley James) at the age of 50 due to an undisclosed medical issue.
Brad Armstrong was the son of WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong and the brother of fellow Old School Wrestling Veterans Scott Armstrong, Steve Armstrong & “The Road Dogg” Jesse James (Brian Armstrong).
He spent the majority of his professional wrestling career in NWA Territories such as Georgia Championship Wrestling & Jim Crockett Promotions, later sold to Ted Turner and renamed World Championship Wrestling.
† REST IN PEACE BRAD ARMSTRONG
June 15, 1962 – November 1, 2012
• Eric Bischoff Says Vince McMahon Has An Eye On AEW, Explains Why AEW Is “So Much Better” Than NXT
During a recent edition of After 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff revealed that Vince McMahon has an eye on AEW and what Vince asked him about AEW.
Below are the highlights:
On if Vince himself told Eric about release from WWE:
“Yes, I did have a very good conversation with Vince McMahon.”
On if Vince is paying attention to AEW:
“Vince asked me actually, a couple of days after the first episode aired, what I thought. I was pretty honest with him. I thought the action was good. But I thought what made that show really stand out to me was just how engaged the audience is.”
On comparing AEW to NXT:
“The audience, to me, made their show so much better than the NXT show. Not that there’s anything wrong with the NXT show. The action in the ring was great. The characters are great. There are a lot of great things about it. But when you put a live event inside of a small, confined studio kind of like TNA, I don’t care how great the action is in the ring. It just doesn’t have that big event feel to it.”
On whether he has talked to AEW about working for them:
“I have not spoken with anybody from AEW. Not one conversation. The last conversation I had with anybody that’s currently in AEW was probably Cody Rhodes, and that was about two years ago…It was right after he left WWE and I called him, just to congratulate him and let him know how much I respected his decision.”
On why he was planning to work for WWE for a few years only:
“My wife and I have a beautiful home in Wyoming. We want to travel. There’s a lot of things that we still want to be able to do, and working eighty hours a week at WWE would put a little bit of a dent in those plans.”
On if he wants to continue working in the wrestling business:
“Of course. You know, I always will. Thats what I’ve done for the largest part of my adult life, and I still have a passion for it. I think this latest experiment probably proved to me more than anything that it has to be the right opportunity. Not just right for whoever I would work with, but right for me as well.”
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