WWE Legend Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart Dies At 63 After Head Injury; Tributes Pour In
Former WWE star Jim Neidhart died at age 63 on Monday, the organization stated.
Neidhart, who was nicknamed “The Anvil,” died after he hit his head while falling at his home in Florida. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office told ESPN the former wrestler “succumbed to his injury.”
Neidhart and his 61-year-old brother-in-law Bret Hart won two WWE World Tag Team titles together.
In a press release, WWE said Neidhart’s final WWE competition came in 1997.
On Monday evening, the wrestler’s daughter Natalya “Nattie” Neidhart — who also competes in the sport — posted a tribute to her father on Instagram:
“I can’t put into words how hard it is going to be for myself and our family to have to say goodbye to my dad,” the 36-year-old wrote. “He meant the world to us, and nothing will ever replace the special times we shared together as a family.”
Natalya Neidhart continued: “My dad was always a fighter and an incredibly special person. There was no one like him!”The reality star, who followed in her father’s footsteps and became a pro wrestler, shared, “We are going to hold all of the moments we had with him close to our hearts forever and never let them go.”
I can’t put into words how hard it is going to be for myself and our family to have to say goodbye to my dad. He meant the world to us, and nothing will ever replace the special times we shared together as a family. My dad was always a fighter and an incredibly special person. There was no one like him! I’m just gonna miss him so much. We are going to hold all of the moments we had with him close to our hearts forever and never let them go. I promise to keep your memory alive. We love you so much, Daddy! On behalf of my entire family, we would also like to personally thank everyone for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. It’s meant so much to us.
Jim Neidhart, his daughter and his wife Elizabeth often appeared on the E! reality television series Total Divas, which showed how close Natalya and her father were.
Neidhart’s professional wrestling career started in 197. The famous Stu Hart trained him in Canada. Neidhart also made occasional appearances during NFL preseason games with the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders.
Hart,, Hulk Hogan, Triple H and Ric Flair were among the many former or current WWE legends who paid tribute to Neidhart on social media:
Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) 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
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
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. pic.twitter.com/ahWuWGXInv
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 13, 2018
I am overwhelmed with grief, love and sympathy by the passing of Jim Neidhart. Love and prayers to his family. He was always with me and a real friend through the good and bad. Love and miss you already, Jim. RIP my brother. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) August 13, 2018
Even former UFC star and new WWE member Ronda Rousey expressed condolences to Natalya and the rest of Neidhart’s family following the wrestler’s death. Rousey paid tribute to Neidhart on Monday night RAW: