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Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart Arrested in Florida on Drug and Burglary Charges

Jason TaylorCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2010

According to, former WWE wrestler Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was arrested early on Sunday and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of trafficking a controlled substance, one count of grand theft, and one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling.

The 58-year-old Neidhart was arrested in Thonotosassa, Fla., after deputies were alerted to him being loud and yelling, while attempting to open a pill bottle while pumping gas in a gas station parking lot.

Neidhart became argumentative with the deputies, which led to him being patted down and searched. The result of the search found Neidhart in possession of 28 methodone tablets and 95 oxycotin pills, along with several pill bottles belonging to neighbors who had recently reported them stolen.

According to the local Fox affiliate in Tampa, some of the alleged theft victims knew Neidhart, but didn't give him permission to take their prescribed medications.

Neidhart is currently being held without bond, pending his first appearance before a judge. Due to the Labor Day holiday, it's unlikely that he would be seen or released before Tuesday.

Neidhart worked for WWE from 1985 to 1992, and had a second stint with the company from 1994 to 1997.

He was a two-time co-holder of the WWF World Tag Team Championship with Bret Hart, teaming as The Hart Foundation. His daughter, Natalya, also performs for WWE.

Neidhart was occasionally working the independent circuit and doing appearances at conventions before his subsequent arrest.

Pro Wrestling Torch has also reported on the Neidhart arrest, here's the link to their report:

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