Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Former WWE star Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart dies at 63

Former WWE star Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart dies at 63

A former WWE star passed away this morning. The cause of death is unknown as of this update.

In 1991, Neidhart began teaming with Owen Hart as The New Foundation, but Neidhart was sacked in 1992 for unprofessional conduct.

In the mid-'80s, Stu Hart sold Stampede to WWE, and both Neidhart and Bret Hart were part of the deal.

In a statement, WWE extended their condolences to Neidhart's family, friends, and fans.

Hart posted a picture on social media of himself with Neidhart and the WWE tag team belts around their waists with the caption, "Stunned and saddened".

The Florida native has three children, including former women's champion Natalya Neidhart. "I just don't have the words right now".

A former high school shot putter while growing up in California, Neidhart was almost a member of the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys but was ultimately cut by both franchises and never played in a regular season National Football League game.

He won two WWE tag team titles with Hart, who was also his brother-in-law. He was married to Ellie Hart, Bret Hart's sister. As a member of The Hart Foundation, "The Anvil" was one of the most feared competitors of his time. He earned the nickname after winning an anvil-throwing contest - and $500 - at the Calgary Stampede. Like Neidhart and Bret Hart, Volkoff was trained by Stu Hart. As pointed out by Uproxx, Bret Hart is now that version of the group's last surviving member, as Brian Pillman, Owen Hart, and Davey Boy Smith all passed away between 1997 and 2002. After leaving WWE in 1997, Neidhart wrestled briefly for WCW.

Neidhart has made multiple appearances on the E! network reality show, Total Divas alongside his daughter.

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