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Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Passes Away

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The professional wrestling world has lost another legend.

Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, known for his time with the Hart Foundation and his iconic beard, has passed away at the age of 63.

Neidhart was the father of WWE superstar and former Women’s champion Natalya.

Jim Neidhart and Bret “Hitman” Hart formed the Hart Foundation in the mid 1980’s and were originally managed by the “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. The duo achieved great success as a tag team, winning their first tag belts in 1987, defeating British Bulldog and Dynamite Kid. Hart and Neidhart even as a heel unit, were being heavily cheered by the WWE audience and eventually turned face in 1988. They were one of the best tag teams in the ring not only of that time, but in professional wrestling history. Complementing each other so well, their chemistry was virtually unmatched and nearly every match they were involved in was must watch television. Bret would be the technician and pace setter for the match, often on the receiving end of beat downs while The Anvil would be a bruising bulldozer, providing most of his offense following the hot tag. Neidhart would use maneuvers such as a slingshot clothesline or shoulder block which not only was unique to see in WWE at the time, but for a man of his size to accomplish the move, it was extremely impressive to witness.

Hart and Neidhart would capture the WWE tag team titles for a second time in 1990 at SummerSlam, defeating Demolition in a two out of three falls match.

Neidhart and Hart would eventually split, as Hart moved on to singles competition while Neidhart teamed with Bret’s brother Owen as The New Foundation. The tandem’s time together was short lived, as Neidhart was fired, a common headline in his career with WWE.

After a short stint in ECW and WCW, Neidhart returned to WWE in 1994 by Owen’s side at King of the Ring. He assisted Owen on multiple occasions against Bret during their feud and became Owen’s right hand man until the end of 1994, when he left WWE again.

He briefly returned once again to WWE in 1996 as Who, but once again did not amount to anything.

He returned for a fourth time to the company in 1997, this time joining Bret, Owen, Brian Pillman and British Bulldog as the new Hart Foundation. This is arguably the best time for all five superstars within the company. They became one of the most villainous stables in company history, preaching anti-American rhetoric while being cheered all over the world that WASN’T the United States. Neidhart provided the group with extra muscle as the group feuded with the likes of The Patriot, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Legion of Doom, Ken Shamrock, The Nation of Domination and countless others during the seven months. The Hart Foundation at one point had ALL of the WWE titles and gave the company a boost due to their presence.

Neidhart left the WWE for the final time shortly after The Montreal Screwjob in which Bret Hart and British Bulldog left for WCW. Anvil joined them while Owen was the only one still around in WWE. Pillman had passed away in October of 1997.

Neidhart’s run in WCW was short lived and that would pretty much be the final time he would be in a squared circle outside of random appearances for Indy federations and an occasional WWE appearance such as the Raw 15th Anniversary Battle Royal.

Jim The Anvil Neidhart will forever be remembered for his intimidating look, his outlandish laugh and his unique persona.

We here at Boneheadpicks send our condolences to the Hart family.

 

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