The world of wrestling is again in mourning. Hart family member Jim Neidhart has passed away at the age of 63. The cause of death is still unknown. Neidhart was also known to be the father of current WWE wrestler Natalya .
Brian Blair, president of the Cauliflower Alley Club, a foundation to help retired wrestlers has confirmed the death on his Twitter account. WWE has confirmed the news through a statement on its website.
So sad to announce the passing of my friend and longtime colleague, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. Your thoughts and prayers for the family are deeply appreciated! @CACReunion @JimValley @allan_cheapshot @mattfarmer93 @WrestlingIWF @davemeltzerWON @SlamSports @jumpinjbrunzell
— B Brian Blair 🇺🇸 (@Killerbee1B) August 13, 2018
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart began his career in the world of professional wrestling in 1979 after seeing his career as a football player frustrated. He began to train and work in Stampede Wrestling, under the orders of Stu Hart, and in NWA. Between 1982 and 1984 he also made sporadic appearances in New Japan Pro Wrestling .
In 1985 he made his debut in WWF with Mr. Fuji, who developed the functions of manager. A few months later, he would begin the most successful stage of his career. Neidhart joined Bret Hart to found the The Hart Foundation team . In 1987, the couple won their first tag team Championships in the company after defeating The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid), also former Stampede fighters. Hart and Neidhart retained the championships until October of that same year, when they lost them to the Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana).
In 1990, The Hart Foundation won the tag team Championships for the second time by defeating Demolition. In 1992, Neidhart was fired from WWF for inappropriate behavior. After a brief stint at WCW and NJPW where he came to compete in the G1 Climax tournament, “The Anvil” returned to WWF in 1994.
After his definitive departure from WWF, in 1997, Neidhart competed briefly in companies such as WCW or TNA. The last appearances of Neidhart on television were in the program Total Divas produced by WWE and E! where his daughter Natalya was one of the protagonists.