Monday, November 19

Breaking News: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Passes Away, WWE Comments

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Former WWE star Killer Bee, B. Brian Blair, has announced on Twitter that former WWE star and the father of current WWE star Nattie Neidhart, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, has passed away at the age of 63.

Neidhart is best known for his time in WWF back in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and he was a two-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Bret Hart as The Hart Foundation tag team.

We are currently working on confirming more details regarding Neidhart’s death, and want to extend our deepest condolences to Nattie and the entire Neidhart family.

Update: WWE.com has confirmed Neidhart’s passing with the following:

WWE is saddened to learn that Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart passed away.

Best known as the powerhouse of the legendary Hart Foundation tag team with his brother-in-law, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Jim Neidhart was also the father of current WWE Superstar Natalya.

Neidhart began his ring career after playing professional football with the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. He was trained by WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart in the infamous Hart Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and earned his ring nickname, The Anvil, after winning an anvil throwing contest.

Neidhart married Stu’s daughter, Ellie, to become a member of the legendary Hart Family before making the move to WWE along with Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith when WWE purchased Stu Hart’s Calgary Stampede Wrestling.

Initially, Neidhart and Hart were managed by Jimmy Hart as The Hart Foundation and went on to win two WWE World Tag Team Championships.

After several years of teaming with Bret’s younger brother, Owen Hart, and some singles competition, The Hart Foundation was re-formed in controversial fashion in 1997. Consisting of Neidhart, Bret, Owen, Smith and Brian Pillman, the pro-Canadian faction stirred United States crowds into a frenzy with their anti-American sermons.

Neidhart last competed in WWE in 1997 but his legacy lives on today through his daughter, Natalya, who displays her father’s signature charisma and toughness every time she steps in the ring.

WWE extends its condolences to Neidhart’s family, friends and fans.

Above and below are some classic video clips featuring Jim The Anvil Neidhart, along with a recent clip of the former WWE Tag Team Champion appearing on “Total Divas” alongside his daughter, Natalya:

Natalya’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match training session with her parents turns disastrous.

The biggest match on Raw from 1994 features the Hart family meeting in an epic tag team encounter!

A classic Jim The Anvil Neidhart Promo

Jimmy Hart sells the Hart Foundation’s contract to the Rougeaus Brothers, breaking future ties with “The Hitman” and Jim The Anvil Neidhart

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