Jim Neidhart Bio
|James Henry Neidhart was born on 8 February 1955 in Tampa, Florida, United States and died on 13 August 2018 in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, U.S. He was an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, where he was a two-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Bret Hart in The Hart Foundation. He headlined two pay-per-views for the WWF: Survivor Series 1989 and In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede.
On 13 August 2018, Neidhart died at the age of 63. As per the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, he fell at home and hit his head.
|Birth name||James Henry Neidhart|
|Born||February 8, 1955 Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|Died||August 13, 2018 (aged 63) Land O’ Lakes, Florida, U.S.|
|Cause of Death||He fell at home and hit his head.|
Elizabeth Hart (m. 1979; div. 2001) (m. 2010)
|Daughters||Natalya Neidhart, Jennifer, Kristen|
|Net Worth||He has a net worth of$500 thousand as of 2018|
Professional wrestling career
|Ring name(s)||The Anvil
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||281 lb (127 kg)|
|Billed from||Reno, Nevada
“Who Knows Where” (as Who)
|Trained by||Stu Hart|
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1979–1985)
Following his release from the Dallas Cowboys, Neidhart traveled to Calgary to train with Stu Hart and pursue a career in professional wrestling. He worked for Hart’s Stampede Wrestling from 1978 to 1983, and again in 1985, during which time he married Ellie Hart, one of Stu’s daughters. He was a two-time Stampede International Tag Team Champion, with Hercules Ayala in 1980 and Mr. Hito in 1983. Stu Hart, seeking publicity for Neidhart, promised him $500 to enter and win an anvil toss at the Calgary Stampede. He did, throwing it 11 feet, 2 inches. This earned him the nickname “The Anvil,” replacing his prior nickname, “The Animal.”
World Wrestling Federation (1985–1992)
The Hart Foundation (1985-1991)
When Stu Hart sold Stampede Wrestling to Vince McMahon, owner of the World Wrestling Federation, Neidhart and Bret Hart were included in the deal. Initially a singles wrestler, managed by Mr. Fuji, Neidhart debuted on January 21, 1985, in Madison Square Garden, defeating Tony Garea. Eight days later, he wrestled Hart, who had a face cowboy gimmick, to a draw, and another the next night. Neidhart finally pinned Hart on February 8. Fuji soon sold Neidhart’s contract to Jimmy Hart (no relation to the Hart family). Bret, upset with his gimmick, suggested to McMahon that he form a tag team with Neidhart.
Return to WCW (1998)
In January 1998, Neidhart returned to WCW, where he formed a short-lived tag team with The British Bulldog, who also departed from the WWF following the Montreal Screwjob. His final match for WCW was on the September 26 1998 episode of WCW Saturday Night, where he and The British Bulldog lost to Stevie Ray and Vincent.
Second return to WWE (2007–2017)
On Raw XV, the 15th-anniversary WWE Raw special on December 10, 2007, Neidhart returned to WWE for the first time since 1997 and participated in the 15th Anniversary Battle Royal, eventually making it to the final five before being eliminated by Skinner.
Jim has made brief appearances on the reality show Total Divas produced by WWE and E! that his daughter Natalie is featured on as the main cast.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2009)
Neidhart appeared in TNA on the November 12, 2009, edition of Impact! winning against Jay Lethal in his initial open challenge thrown out to the legends of professional wrestling
Jim Neidhart Personal life
Neidhart and wife Ellie have three daughters Jennifer, a gourmet chef and caterer, Natalie, and Kristen (“Muffy”), who was married in early June 2007. Natalie is also a professional wrestler under the ring name “Natalya” and is currently signed to WWE.
Neidhart was arrested on September 6, 2010, and charged with two counts of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, two counts of trafficking illegal drugs, one count of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, and one count of third-degree grand theft for property stolen between $300 and $5,000. He was arrested after becoming aggressive with police after ingesting multiple pills outside a gas station. In March 2012, he was sentenced to five months and 29 days in jail. During his sentencing, he was arrested and held in contempt of court. Neidhart completed two stints in rehabilitation paid for by WWE.
Jim Neidhart Death
On August 13, 2018, Neidhart died at the age of 63. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, he fell at home and hit his head.
Condolence Messages on Twitter
Sad news jim neidhart has passed away pic.twitter.com/LEzOWZVygK
— dave mufc imeson (@immysutd) August 13, 2018
Jim Neidhart was a big part of my love for professional wrestling growing up. He was the perfect high energy powerhouse to back up the technical prowess of Bret Hart as one half of the Hart Foundation and it's incredibly sad to hear of his passing. RIP. pic.twitter.com/SUf4Vs0MaG
— Adam Pacitti (@adampacitti) August 13, 2018
Jim Neidhart was exactly what he needed to be as one-half of the Hart Foundation. High-energy, brute force, the powerhouse backing up the technician.
— Tape (@tapemachines) August 13, 2018