WWE.com reported the former WCW wrestler’s death earlier today. Here’s WWE’s report:
"WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Brad Armstrong, 51, one of four sons of ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong. Brad Armstrong last participated in the ring for the ECW brand in 2006. WWE understands that Brad saw his physician last week for a medical issue and was found unresponsive this morning. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to the entire Armstrong family."
Armstrong was a good worker but never had star charisma. WCW put him under masks several times but those characters also never got over.
The Sandman added to WWE.com’s alumni section: September 27, 2012
The cigarette-smoking hardcore icon is the latest in an odd string of additions to WWE’s alumni section. Odd due to the lack of rhyme or reason to the additions. Cool to see the guy get his due. He did have one of the best ring entrances of all time.
Sunny arrested three times in three days: September 12-14, 2012
TMZ is reporting that the Branford Police in Connecticut arrested 39-year-old “Sunny” Tammy Sytch three times in the last three days for “crimes related to domestic violence.” In each incident, the incidents involved the same man.
Sytch’s first arrest for disorderly conduct came at 8:55 p.m. on September 11. There was an incident involving a man who lived at a house where the altercation took place. She was released the next day (September 12) on $500 bond.
The same day that she was released, Sytch was arrested again at 4:49 p.m. This time for disorderly conduct, strangulation and violating a restraining order. She was released the next day (September 13) on $25,000 bond.
Sytch was arrested again at 8 p.m. for violating the restraining order. She was released today (September 14) on $2,500 bond.
Unauthorized ECW documentary’s producers release eight-minute video teaser: September 4, 2012
This video features a lot of extreme icons — Sandman, Stevie Richards, Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney — talking about the extreme violence of the promotion. This footage may not make it into the documentary in this form, but it’s fascinating to hear these guy’s thoughts on the lengths they went to get over.
With 12 days to go, the producers have raised $12, 114 of their $23,200 goal on Kickstarter.
Raven wins the ECW Championship from the Sandman: January 27, 1996
Raven’s 252-day, first ECW Championship reign began when he defeated Sandman. Raven and the Sandman engaged in a hell of a feud that saw Raven brainwash the Sandman’s son and crucify the beer-guzzling brawler.
Candido died way too early at age 33 (his brother, Johnny, wrote that Candido died from a blood clot, a complication of surgery) on April 28, 2005.
At the time this photo was taken, Candido was wrestling for Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he was known as “No Gimmicks Needed” and a member of the Triple Threat with Shane Douglas and Bam Bam Bigelow. He was already a former WWF World Tag Team Champion (as Skip in the Bodydonnas). He’d go on to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Prior to his death, he wrestled for TNA.
Sunny (Tammy Lynn Sytch) has lived a troubled life. She’s reportedly checking out of WWE-sponsored rehab on Thursday.
Al Snow gets and gives a little head at ECW House Party: January 10, 1998
The fans in the ECW Arena showered Snow with mannequin heads after he disposed of Roadkill. Snow returned the favor, chucking the heads back into the crowd. “I guess everybody got a little head tonight,” Snow told the crowd and left to Prodigy’s “Breathe.”
Independent ECW documentary looking for funding: August 21, 2012
Filmmakers Kevin Kiernan and John Philapavage started a Kickstarter to fund the project; they want $23,200 (backers have already chipped in $1,729). They have another 29 days to pull the cash together.
The documentary was started in 2001, so there’s footage that’s more than a decade old. Here’s the filmmakers’ description of the film:
"We like to call this the study of a subculture’s subculture. Pro Wrestling is a world that is an odd island to most people. In the 1990s, Extreme Championship Wrestling was the bizarre underground of that subculture. We wanted to bring the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of this promotion to the mainstream, its ups and its downs, from its beginning in the early 90s all the way into 2012. We’ve shot over50 hours of footage and conducted over 60 interviews to give context and accuracy to this oral history."
Looks like they expect the project to be done by December … if they get funding.