Natalya issues an emotionally touching tribute to Dad Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart
Natalya was inspired into wrestling by her dad Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart was a key wrestling inspiration to his daughter.
Known for his powerhouse moves, he earned his nickname by tossing an anvil more than 11 feet at a strongman contest in Calgary.
Jim met his wife Ellie while working with the Hart family, and married into one of the most prestigious dynasties in the history of professional wrestling.
He carved out his own legacy and helped put the Harts of the international map as he and Bret formed the Hart Foundation in WWE.
Neidhart and Hart enlisted the help of Bret’s brother Owen and pals The British Bulldog and Brain Pillman to dominate the WWE throughout 1997.
His daughter Natalaya found her way to WWE in 2007, being part of a revived team known as the Hart Dynasty with her future husband Tyson Kid and Davey Boy Smith Jnr.
WWE boss Triple H hailed Neidhart saying “he only thing bigger than his on-screen character was his heart”, and wrestling legend Ric Flare said he was a “world class athelte and a man among men”.
WWE confirmed Neidhart’s death as police revealed he died after falling and hitting his head in a medical episode.
Neidhart was a wrestling mainstay during the 80s and 90s – best known for his alliance with brother-in-law Bret Hart.
Anvil’s death sparked an outpouring of grief throughout the wrestling world as stars paid tribute to the much loved grappler.