Any loss can be heartbreaking, and when it’s someone we grew up looking up to, then it’s even more saddening and hard to bear. This is exactly what WWE fans are facing right now after the demise of the legendary wrestler, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, at the age of 63, on August 13, 2018. May he rest in peace!
Jim Henry Neidhart, professionally known as Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart was an American wrestler, best known for appearing in WWE and WWF during the 1980s and 90s. He and Bret Hart were two-time WWF Tag Team Champions.
He was much more than just the one who conquered the WWE ring, he was an inspiration to millions of people both in and out of his wrestling fan base. Paying tribute to him, today, we are taking a look at some of the facts every wrestling fan should know about him.
#5. World Class Athlete
Before he became a professional wrestler, Jim had a career in the NFL, where he played practice matches with Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. Following his departure from the Cowboys, he traveled to Calgary, Alberta, where he got to train with Canadian wrestling legend and footballer, Stu Hart. Training with Hart not only stemmed his passion for wrestling but also helped him find the love of his life as he went on marrying one of Hart’s daughters, Elizabeth.
During his time in Canada, he wrestled in Stampede Wrestling from 1978 to 1983. While he was in Newport Harbour High school, Jim set a record in the shot put from 1973 until 1985 in Orange County, California.
#4. Nickname “The Anvil”
Without a doubt, Jim’s nickname “The Anvil” is one of the coolest in the wrestling world. He received this nickname by throwing an anvil for a distance of 11 feet and 2 inches. His nickname “The Anvil” was given to him by his mother-in-law, Helen Hart, replacing his previous moniker "The Animal."
#3. Accidentally Created Signature Look
Among the wrestling fans, Jim was mostly known for two things: his hysterical laugh and his signature goatee. We have heard some stories of how other WWE stars got their trademark looks, but Jim's case is simple enough. He didn't put much thought into it.
It was his pal, Barry "Smash" Darsow, who gave him the idea for a symmetrical goatee when they were wrestling together in Florida. Before having his goatee, Jim was rocking a full beard, and he did hesitate when suggested to change his style. At last, he relented and settled for the goatee.
#2. Shared a Roof with Charles Manson
Jim had been arrested many times before he became a wrestling star. While he was still in high school, he got himself arrested for attempted extortion. His school filed a warrant claiming he was collecting scholarship money even though he hadn’t attended school for six months.
While he was serving time in Los Angeles County Jail, he saw infamous criminal Charles Manson walking by with several guards. This might be one of his most chilling experiences.
#1. Rejected Jimmy Page’s Request for an Autograph
Prior to one of his matches in WWF, Jim blew off the Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page’s request for an autograph. Page, who wanted the autograph for his son, was shocked when Jim ignored his request and said he’d maybe write it down later. This must have been the first time that Jimmy Page got ignored in the 80s.
Apart from some negligible flaws in his career and life, Jim's contribution to the wrestling world remains crucial and will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in peace, Anvil!
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