By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to media reports, WWE legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart has passed away. He was 63-years-old.
There has been no potential cause of death announced. “Killer Bee” Brian Blair, who runs the Cauliflower Alley Club, made the announcement on Monday morning.
Neidhart was one of the founding members of The Hart Foundation, one of the iconic wrestling families. He was trained by iconic wrestling trainer Stu Hart.
His daughter, Natalya Neidhart, currently wrestles for the World Wrestling Entertainment, wresling under her ring name of Natalya. She is a former SmackDown Women’s Championship and a former Divas Champion.
He was born in Tampa, Florida and resided in Land O’ Lakes, Florida at the time of his death. He had three children, including Natalya Neidhart.
He was married to Elizabeth Hart. They were marred in 1979, then got a divorce in 2001. They were re-married in 2010.
He began his in-ring career in 1979 after playing in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders. He last appeared in a match on March 5th, 2016 when he teamed with Frankie The Pizza Guy and Koko B. Ware and defeated The Cash Masters (Clay Drasher & Shawn Andrews) and Nikolai Volkoff.
This event happened at the BCW Night of Legends event at the Liberty Arena in Williamsport, Pennslyvania.
His last match before that was almost three-years earlier when he teamed with Harry Smith (Davey Boy Smith Jr.) to defeat 911 Inc. (Deimos and Kennedy Kendrick) at the NWA FUW Silver Screen Showdown in Tampa, Florida on September 20th, 2013.
Neidhart, along with Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Dynamite Kid, and Davey Boy Smith moved to the WWE when the wrestling promote purchased Stu Hart’s Calgary Stampede Wrestling. Neidhart and Hart were initially managed by Jimmy Hart, who helped the tag team to two WWE World Tag Team Championships.
He last appeared in a WWE ring on December 10th, 2007 when he appeared in Raw’s 15th anniversary battle royal at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Ted DiBiase defeated Al Snow, Bart Gunn, Bob Backlund, Doink, Flash Funk, Gangrel, Gillberg, Irwin R. Schyster, Jim Neidhart, Pete Gas, Repo Man, Scotty 2 Hotty, Sgt. Slaughter, Skinner, Steve Blackman, and The Goon.
He last won a wrestling championship in 2009 when he helped the PWO Tag Team Championship with Greg Valentine for 65 days. He also won the MCW Southern Tag Team Championship with The Blue Meanie as The New Foundation.
The Hart Foundation initially won the WWF World Tag Team Championship in 1987 as they held the belts for 274 days. Then, they won the belts again on August 27th, 1990 and held it for 209 days.
Neidhart was also the NWA Florida United States Tag Team Champion with Krusher Kruschev for 90 days from October 3rd, 1984 through January 1st, 1985. He also was the Mid-South Tag Team Champion with Butch Reed for 74 days in 1983.
He also was the Stampede International Tag Team Champion with Hercules Ayala in 1980. He also won the same belts again in 1983 with Mr. Hito.
Neidhart also was the NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Champion for just 13 days in 1984. He also was the MEWF Heavyweight Champion for 40 days in 1995. He also won the TRCW International Heavyweight Champion for one month in 2001.
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