One of my all-time favorite tag teams is The Hart Foundation. Bret Hart was the silky smooth technical wrestler, but Jim The Anvil Neidhart provided the brute power. It was the best of both worlds unlike teams like the Rockers who had two aerial specialists, Demolition which had two bruisers or the Brain Busters, which had two scientific brawlers. That said, I’m bummed out about the news of Neidhart dying today at 63.
I’m glad to see he was able to see he was fully welcomed back to the WWE fold in his later years including a cameo role on Total Divas. It was nice to see that side of him and in those clips, he definitely seemed to love being around the fans and with his daughter, Nattie.
I was pretty happy that The Hart Foundation was one of the teams that made it through the inaugural edition of March Bashness. It was a testament to their legacy even in 2017.
Here are some of the wrestling communities’ comments on Neidhart’s death:
Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018
It is terrible I just heard Jim Neidhart passed away. I just pray for his family to get through this.Jim was a great friend and I will really miss him.
— Demolition Smash (@RealDemoSmash) August 13, 2018
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
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
If you couldn't like Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart your the one with the problem. You didn't to always agree with him but if this guy would give the shirt off his back. He was a tremendous athlete. Track and… https://t.co/M26hWaX4vc
— Gene Okerlund (@TheGeneOkerlund) August 13, 2018
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
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) August 13, 2018
Devastating news Jim Neidhart my friend has passed away!! I can hardly believe it. Rest In Peace Brother until we meet again !!!
— Brutus Beefcake (@brutusbeefcake_) August 13, 2018
Saddened To Hear Jim Neidhart Has Passed. My Prayers Are With His Families. Guess God Needed An “Anvil” Angel RIP Jim🙏🏻
— SGT SLAUGHTER (@_SgtSlaughter) August 13, 2018
— King Kong Bundy (@RealKKBundy) August 13, 2018
— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) August 13, 2018
I've worked with hundreds in the wrestling business. Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was no doubt one of the most underrated of all time. Great wrestler, great entertainer, phenomenal human being. Thank you for all you did for us. pic.twitter.com/D8pU9WXJLU
— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) August 13, 2018
Sad to hear about the passing of Jim Neidhart. Condolences to his family, friends and fans. Jim was an important part of the landscape during one of the most important periods in the industry. RIP Jim,
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) August 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Neidhart family
— Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat (@real_steamboat) August 13, 2018
RIP old friend. Jim Neidhart lived and loved our business. Nothing but love for you and your family. All love. pic.twitter.com/goeGkKbUPY
— Virgil (@TheRealVirgil) August 13, 2018
Can't believe what i just read! RIP Jim The Anvil Neidhart. My thoughts and prayers go out to Natalya and the whole family 💔💔💔💔💔
— Alexa Bliss 💋 (@LoveAlexaBliss) August 13, 2018
Jim Neidhart was a great athlete
He was the power & strength of
The Hart Foundation
I loved their finishing maneuver
Celebrate his life
Watch his matches today
My heart hurts for his daughters, wife & @TJWilson
There is only one#Anvil pic.twitter.com/pFvfDHtN8S
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) 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
I'm not in the mood to write much. I just wanted to publically show my support for Ellie, Jenni, Muffy, @NatbyNature & @TJWilson I was honored to be allowed into the inner sanctum of the Hart family. Jim Neidhart always showed me love.🙏 #RIPAnvil
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) August 13, 2018
Sorry to hear about Jim Neidhart. Love and sympathies to @NatbyNature and the rest of the Neidhart/Hart family. So sad that everyone in this picture but Bret has now gone. #RIPAnvil pic.twitter.com/0buoDHYsQU
— Tom Phillips (@TheTomPhillips) August 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart. A colorful character, powerhouse and beast in the ring with an explosive frenetic edge to him. A classic one of a kind grappler — forever the yin to Bret’s yang.
They broke the mold with the Anvil. My thoughts are with his family.
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) August 13, 2018