Family Affair IX: The Neidharts

Jabot SingleterryCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2009

Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart

Jim Neidhart was born on Aug. 2, 1956 in Tampa, FL. In high school, he participated in track and field events. After graduating high school, he pursued a career in the NFL. He played briefly for the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys.

After his release from the Cowboys, Jim went to Calgary to train with Stu Hart. He worked for Stu's Stampede Wrestling. Soon he married Ellie Hart, becoming an in-law to the Hart legacy.

Bret Hart and Jim would debut in the WWF as The Hart Foundation, a heel tag team, in 1985. They were managed by WWE Hall of Famer "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart. Jimmy led them to their first Tag Team Championship.

They would become two time Tag Team Champions during their run as a tag team. Once Bret sought success in singles Jim would take a hiatus from the WWF.

In 1997, Jim would return to the newly formed Hart Foundation, this time with  Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Brian Pillman. This Hart Foundation was formed the night after WrestleMania 13, after Bret defeated Stone Cold in a submission match.

After the Montreal Screw-job, Bret left the WWF for WCW and Jim soon followed him. Neidhart would form a tag team with The British Bulldog in WCW. They were rarely used and achieved little success. Jim was soon released.

Today, he's still wrestling on the Canadian Indy Circuit.


Natalya Neidhart

Born May 27,1982. Natalya is the first third generation wrestler in the world. She has a background in amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts. She received training from her uncles Ross and Bruce Hart.

She made her debut in 2000. In 2003, she worked for the family's Stampede Wrestling. In 2007, she signed a developmental deal with the WWE. She was called up to Smackdown in April 2008, starting a feud with Michelle McCool. She lost to McCool at the Great American Bash, McCool became the first Divas Champion.

Natalya is now on ECW managing her real life boyfriend, Tyson Kidd.