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    Jim Neidhart Passes Away

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    Word is circulating Monday morning that former WWF tag team champion Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart has died. He was 63 years old.

    "It is with a sad heart, that I share with you the passing of a long time friend and colleague, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Your thoughts and prayers for the family are appreciated!" posted Cauliflower Alley Club president Brian Blair -- who often competed in the Killer Bees tag team against Neidhart and Bret "Hitman" Hart as the Hart Foundation.

    Neidhart was born February 8, 1955 in Tampa, Florida, and later attended Newport Harbor High School, cross country in Orange County, California. It was there that he excelled in athletics, especially track and field, setting the California high school record in shot put in 1973.

    After high school, he pursued a football career, with tryouts and preseason games with the NFL's Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys, but he was never a main roster player.

    Turning his attention to becoming a professional wrestler, Neidhart went north to Calgary, and was one of the last to be primarily trained by the legendary Stu Hart.

    In a 2015 interview with WWE.com, Bret Hart recalled Neidhart in Calgary, circa 1977-78.

    "My dad was no spring chicken anymore, and I didn’t see anyone past Neidhart that he put the time into. He completely trained Jim on his own. Jim was my dad's product. Jim was third in the world at shot put. He was training to get signed by the [Oakland] Raiders and was referred to my dad from somebody at the gym. He called directory assistance, found my dad and asked him to teach him to wrestle. He listed all of his accomplishments and my dad asked him to come up to Calgary.

    "He was a big, strong kid. He had a bench press close to 600 pounds. He was super-strong and really quick. He left Calgary after my dad taught him and got signed by the Raiders. He came back to train with my dad [after] he was injured. Then he was with the Cowboys and got cut. He was the last cut the year the Cowboys won the Super Bowl in '78."

    After starting out in Calgary's Stampede Wrestling, Neidhart took to the territories, wrestling in many places, including Mid-South, where promoter Bill Watts liked his football background. He also was a champion in Florida and Memphis.

    However, it was in the expanding WWF of 1985 that Neidhart gained great fame, creating one of the best tag teams of the decade alongside Bret Hart, managed by Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart (who was no relation to the extended Hart clan). The Hart Foundation were WWF tag team champions on two occasions.

    Neidhart was the father of WWE star Natalya, and father-in-law to retired WWE star Tyson Kidd (TJ Wilson), who is now a WWE producer. In recent years, he was often seen on the E! reality show Total Divas alongside his one daughter. He has two other daughters, Jennifer, Kristen who is known as "Muffy."

    He was married to Ellie Hart, one of the 12 children of Stu and Helen Hart, making the extended Hart family related to him through marriage, including brother-in-law Bret Hart, and active wrestling stars nephews Harry "British Bulldog Jr." Smith and Teddy Hart.
    Brian Blair and Slam reporting Neidhart has passed away at the age of 63. One of the best Tag Team Wrestlers and talkers in the business rip good sir.

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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    Whoa...

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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    The most amazing thing about this recent conversation is that I've learned AON is even more of a waste of space than I thought he was previously

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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    Quote Originally Posted by An Original Name View Post
    God damn.


    That really sucks. RIP Anvil.

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    Yeah it's saddening to see that Picture and see Bret is the last alive of the group.

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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    RIP Anvil


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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    Wow...

    Always have been a fan of Anvil so I'm incredibly bummed to hear this...

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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    Sad news to come home from work to. Always appreciated Anvil's unique ways, and always wanted to grow that big ginger Anvil bear but never got around to it haha.

    Thoughts to all the family at this sad time.

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    Shocking news. Bret confirmed this on fb. He’s now the only one left from the Hart Foundation. Enjoyed watching Jim the Anvil Neidhart. He was a legend. The Hart Foundation was my fave tag team growing up. My condolences to Natalya and her family. RIP Jim, thanks for the memories.





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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    Quote Originally Posted by An Original Name
    Very sobering pic!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kintaro
    Shocking news. Bret confirmed this on fb. He’s now the only one left from the Hart Foundation. Enjoyed watching Jim the Anvil Neidhart. He was a legend. The Hart Foundation was my fave tag team growing up. My condolences to Natalya and her family. RIP Jim, thanks for the memories.


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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    that pic says it all shame jim seem to be a loving family man may he rip





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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    That picture is desperately sad. Bret's had to watch his brothers and closest friends go too soon.

    It's being reported he died after hitting his head in a fall. I believe Jim had alzheimers which might of contributed to this. I've not dived deep into his stuff, but whenever I've checked out the Hart Foundation tags, they've been good, especially Summerslam 1990. RIP.

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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    That picture is desperately sad. Bret's had to watch his brothers and closest friends go too soon.

    It's being reported he died after hitting his head in a fall. I believe Jim had alzheimers which might of contributed to this. I've not dived deep into his stuff, but whenever I've checked out the Hart Foundation tags, they've been good, especially Summerslam 1990. RIP.
    Wow he fell and no one was there to help him that is something I fear about my older family members. If Jim had Alzheimers he never showed it because he was so full of life and energetic at least when I so him on Total Divas.

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    Such a shame that an accident has caused this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post
    Such a shame that an accident has caused this.
    Just like Dusty.


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    I was reading a write up on his career by John Pollock of Post Wrestling. Really sad seeing how many times he was in and out of the WWE. I've always heard on podcasts that Stu Hart always would get him back in the WWE by asking Vince if he'd take the big Rino back. Happy that he got that run with the Hart Foundation in 1997. Guy had a lot of talent, and it must have been so awesome seeing his daughter achieve such success. Even with all this issues deep down I'm sure he was so proud of her. RIP.

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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    As others have said, very sad news. I always find it harder to deal with it when it's a wrestler that I watched growing up. RIP to 'The Anvil', truly underrated performer that leaves a long lasting legacy in this business, and above all else, praying for his family at a time like this.









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    Very unfortunate tragedy for Neidhart. It really sucks to see Bret has the last remaining member of The Hart Foundation.

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    Re: Jim Neidhart Passes Away

    Seems it's been confirmed that he passed away due to injuries sustained during the fall.

    He was on medications for seizures, and is believed to have suffered from one, which caused him to fall and hit his head on the wall. =\
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    RIP to the anvil with the great laugh and powerful body used love it when I was a kid and the hart foundation would come on there finisher where one them would hold the there opponent and come crashing off the second turn buckle , I used to off my bed with my mates as kid a few times we ended up in hospital with split lips and my mate broke my other mates ankle in the sharpshooter lol

    U could tell Natalya was a true friend to Ronda and she had been crying , was gutted , still am, how did he die ?

    Peace y'all.

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