Professional wrestling fans and the industry suffer a huge loss with the passing of WWE legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
WWE confirms legendary wrestler Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart has passed away at age 63. The news was originally reported by Neidhart’s friend and former WWE superstar B. Brian Blair on Twitter.
Update via TMZ: The Pasco Sheriff’s Office tells TMZ Sports … “Preliminary information indicates that [Neidhart] fell at home, hit his head, and succumbed to his injury.” “No foul play suspected. No additional information to release at this time.”
R.I.P. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
Neidhart, father of current WWE Monday Night Raw superstar Natalya, is best known for being one half of all-time great team The Hart Foundation with his brother-in-law Bret “Hitman” Hart. The man nicknamed “Anvil” was also a part of the 1997 Hart Foundation stable embroiled in the famous USA vs. Canada feud during the birth of WWE’s Attitude.
Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018
Neidhart most recently made appearances as a reoccurring character on WWE’s E! reality show “Total Divas.”
WWE.com has more on Neidhart’s unique and memorable journey in wrestling:
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.
Many superstars have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on Neidhart who broke the mold in and out of the ring.
WWE superstars and fans are sharing their memories of “The Anvil” and sending condolences to his loved ones via Twitter.
Paul “Triple H” Levesque:
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.
RIP Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart pic.twitter.com/IBfWfuw8lj
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) August 13, 2018
The Hart Foundation is the only duo in @WWE history to team together for multiple Tag Title reigns of 200+ days.
Only 5 Superstars in WWE history have two 200+ day tag title reigns, but only Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart & @BretHart accomplished it with the same partner both times.
— WWE Stats & Info (@WWEStats) August 13, 2018
RIP Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. He grew up in SoCal, attending Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach and then UCLA before going to the NFL and Calgary for wrestling training. Made his first Southern California wrestling appearance in 1985. Thoughts are with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/YPDv6IOro4
— SoCal UNCENSORED (@socaluncensored) August 13, 2018
R.I.P. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Jim stood out in a unique world with one of a kind personalities.
— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) August 13, 2018
No one I know has endured more than @NatbyNature. She’s handled it all with the utmost grace & poise. Sending lots of love to her & her family.
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) August 13, 2018
As a student of the game that loves Tag-Team wrestling, I studied Jim and Bret’s matches very closely, and without a doubt The Hart Foundation is one of the greatest Tag-Teams ever. My heart goes out to @NatbyNature and @TJWilson and everyone else in Jim’s circle. #RIPAnvil pic.twitter.com/RuGZc47jzk
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) August 13, 2018
Jim Neidhart headlined one of the two events I promoted early in my career, and gave the world a wonderful human being in his daughter @NatbyNature. My deepest condolences to her, @TJWilson, and the entire Hart family. https://t.co/krtC0hFVUE
— Jason Ayers (@JasonAyersWWE) August 13, 2018