In shocking and sad news Monday morning, we found out about the passing of wrestling great, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart. He was 63.
Jim The Anvil Neidhart was part of a wrestling dynasty
All we know right now is that there was a medical emergency at his residence Monday morning. Former wrestler and one half of famed tag team the Killer Bees, B Brian Blair shared the news on Twitter. “So sad to announce the passing of my friend and longtime colleague, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart,” Blair tweeted.
The Anvil was one half of the notorious tag team, the Hart Foundation. His tag partner, Bret Hart, is also his real-life brother-in-law. Neidhart stepped into the squared circle in 1979. Trained by Bret’s father, Stu Hart at the iconic Hart Dungeon in Calgary. The Anvil also had his go on the football field playing preseason NFL Games with the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys.
His rebellious, rambunctious, brawling style made the Hart Foundation one of the most legendary tag-teams to ever step into the squared circle. Their mouth piece, Jimmy Hart, legitimized the duo and helped take them to two tag team championship reigns. Neidhart left the company in 1992 to try his luck in WCW. When he returned to the WWE he was part of an expanded Hart Foundation. He reunited with Bret. and joining the band were Owen Hart, The British Bulldog and Brian Pillman. Sadly, out that crew, Bret is now the last one with us.
Wrestling world mourns the loss of Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart
ONE OF MY OLDEST FRIENDS IN THE BUSINESS JIM NEIDHART. WE TRAVEL TOGETHER I LOVE HIM FOREVER LIKE A BROTHER. GOD BLESS FAMILY I NEVER FORGET YOU BUBBA. pic.twitter.com/lt1dE8QOvt
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) August 13, 2018
My Good Friend Jim Neidhart, A World Class Athlete And A Man Among Men. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/JSmdpZ9YZ1
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 13, 2018
The only thing bigger than his on-screen character was his heart.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart loved performing with & spending time with his family…and he made us all smile while doing it.
Thinking of @NatbyNature, @TJWilson, & the entire Hart family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ahWuWGXInv
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 13, 2018
Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) August 13, 2018
The Anvil was living in Florida. He had three children, including current WWE superstar, Natalya Neidhart. His son-in-law is former WWE superstar and current WWE producer, Tyson Kidd. Monday afternoon, Natalya thanked everyone for the “outpouring of thoughts and prayers” they have received.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) August 13, 2018