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WWE, Bret Hart, Ric Flair & More React To Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart’s Passing

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As we noted earlier, Old School WWF Veteran Brian Blair has announced on Twitter that former WWF Star Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart has passed away.

Below is what Blair posted:

“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!”

Jim was 63 years old.

Jim captured the WWF Tag Team Championship on two occasions with his tag team partner, WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart.

Jim’s daughter Natalya is a wrestler in the WWE as well.

RIP Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart

(February 8, 1955 – August 13, 2018)

WWE issued the following statement regarding Jim’s passing:

Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart passes away

“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.”

Below is how his tag team partner Bret Hart and other wrestling stars reacted to his death:

        
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