Tragedy has all yet again struck the wrestling world. Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart – a two-time WWE Label Team Champion and father of WWE’s Natayla — has died.
Upon the heels of shedding Brian Christopher, Nikolai Volkoff and Frederick “Brickhouse Brown” Seawright, the wrestling world braced itself for one other heartache on Aug. 13. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, a two-time designate team champion with Bret “The Hitman” Hart, died on Aug. 13 on the methodology-too-young age of Sixty three. “WWE is saddened to learn that Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart handed away,” the WWE talked about in a train. “Simplest identified as the powerhouse of the legendary Hart Foundation designate team with his brother-in-legislation, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Jim Neidhart became additionally the father of present WWE Superstar Natalya.” The dwelling off of loss of life is unknown, but TMZ says he suffered a “clinical emergency” at his dwelling in Florida.
It became passe WWF (now WWE) wrestler and present president of the Cauliflower Alley Membership, B. Brian Blair, who first reported the passing of the legendary brawler. “So unhappy to say the passing of my perfect friend and longtime colleague, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. Your thoughts and prayers for the family are deeply appreciated!”
Jim – born James Henry Neidhart in Tampa, Florida on Feb. eight, 1955 – came upon success as a wrestler in the Eighties. After a career in the NFL didn’t purchase off, Jim relocated to Calgary to put at the side of the legendary wrestler and promoter, Stu Hart. “Jim became my dad’s product. Jim became third in the arena at shot assign apart. He became practising to glean signed by the [Oakland] Raiders and became referred to my dad from somebody on the gym,” Bret Hart talked about in a 2015 interview with WWE.com, per Slam! Sports activities. “He called record assistance, came upon my dad and asked him to educate him to struggle. He listed all of his accomplishments and my dad asked him to blueprint as much as Calgary.”
“He became a broad, stable kid. He had a bench press conclude to 600 kilos. He became gargantuan-stable and no doubt fleet. He left Calgary after my dad taught him and bought signed by the Raiders. He came reduction to put at the side of my dad [after] he became injured. Then he became with the Cowboys and bought slice. He became the final slice the year the Cowboys won the Dapper Bowl in ’seventy eight.”
In some unspecified time in the future of his time in Canada, Jim would fall in love and marry Ellie Hart, no doubt one of Stu’s daughter, making him brother-in-legislation to Bret Hart, Owen Hart and Kevin Hart. Jim and Ellie would possess three daughters together – Jennifer, Kristen and Natalie Neidhart-Wilson, who WWE followers know as Natalya. This additionally resulted in appearances on Total Divas, introducing “The Anvil” to a entire contemporary generation of followers.
After working in Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling and a few organizations in Canada and the US, Jim joined the then-WWF in 1985. As allotment of The Laborious Foundation, Jim and Bret would spend the WWF Label Team Championship twice. “Bret became a extremely, no doubt gargantuan companion,” Jim told Chris Jericho on Ep. 298 of the Talk Is Jericho podcast, per Wrestling Inc. “I bought along no doubt [well] with Bret. In truth, we calm are proud of this minute component, the put it is miles not relevant what took area obtainable, we never bought in an argument and we never disagreed in regards to the relaxation.”
Jim’s first streak with the WWF would final until 1992. He would be fired for unprofessional behavior, ensuing in appearances in Recent Japan Pro Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling. He returned to the WWF in 1994, collaborating in the Hart Foundation vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin angle. After Bret, Owen and “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith left the WWF in the wake of the sinful “Montreal Screwjob,” Jim stayed on with the firm until his open in 1997. He returned to WCW in 1998 and after leaving the firm, he made appearances in the midst of the wrestling world — both in and exterior the ring — in the next two a few years.
Our thoughts are with Jim’s family, company and followers in the midst of this time of loss.