WWE legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart has passed away today at the age of 63. He was apart of the wrestling boom in the 1980’s when the WWE was going national and then international. His biggest fame came as apart of the iconic “Hart Foundation” with the legendary Bret “Hitman” Hart.
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“The Anvil” is What They Called Him
Starting out in athletics in high school with records in shotputting Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart was destined for fame. He would end up in professional wrestling through Bret Hart’s father’s wrestling promotion in Calgary “Stampede Wrestling” and it was there the czar of sports entertainment Vincent Kennedy Mcmahon saw him as a star that could help him in his quest to take over the wrestling business.
Pictured above with his brother in law in 1990 after winning the World Wrestling Federation’s World Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam from another legendary tag team in Demolition these two first made fame coming to the WWF (now WWE) during the years of the early days of WrestleMania.
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They first won the titles in January 1987 against The British Bulldogs and went on to perform at the greatest wrestling event in history at WrestleMania III that was headlined by Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant in then what was the world indoor record for a sporting event.
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His athletic background allowed him to be powerhouse who would cover for his partner’s lesser strength, but complimented Bret’s superior wrestling acument due to his past in football and track & field that led to a brief stint in the NFL.
In 1986 at WrestleMania 2 Neidhart went back to his NFL roots during the WWE/NFL Battle Royal where he faced the iconic 80’s football star from Chicago in William “Refridgerator” Perry. He would also face off against Andre “The Giant” in the same match.
We pay our condolences to Jim Neidhart who entertained fans both on the microphone and in the ring for decades. In the 1990’s he was also best known for expanding the Hart Foundation group that included his other brother in law Owen Hart(who died in 1999 during an accident having a match), Brian Pillman, and of course Bret which was a reunion of “Hart Dungeon” trainees that all learned from Stu Hart who also passed away a few years ago. He is survived by his daughter Natalya Neidhart who is currently a superstar in WWE.