Interview with Former WWE & WCW Wrestler, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart

Reported by Paul Nemer of
On Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 12:28 PM EST

Interview with Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
Conducted on: January 17, 2003
Conducted by: Paul Nemer of

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart in Ottawa, Canada at the Border City Wrestling show. I asked Jim about his Hart Foundation days, his favorite match, his short stay in WCW, The Survivor Series, and more. As you will see, the interview was cut a little short (not short short), because The Anvil had to run for his match against Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

Paul Nemer: You've been in many wrestling angles/storylines, from the Original Hart Foundation, to the new Hart Foundation, to the Hart foundation in 1997. Which one would you say was your favorite?

Jim Neidhart: Well, number one, I am the Hart Foundation.

Paul Nemer: *Laughs* of course.

Jim Neidhart: Of course Bret and I, we've had some pretty good tag matches. I like the group we did in 1997, with Bret, Owen, Pillman and Bulldog. That was a lot of fun. Then I had that year where I fought Bret around the world as a single and that was interesting. I thought it was going to be easy but it wasn't, it was really hard.

Paul Nemer: You and Bret were no longer a tag team in the very early 90's, how did that come about?

Jim Neidhart: The promoter had a different idea.

Paul Nemer: Vince McMahon?

Jim Neidhart: Yea.

Paul Nemer: What would you consider one of your greatest matches?

Jim Neidhart: WrestleMania 3 in front of 94,000 people in the Pontiac Silverdome. We've had some pretty good matches in the Montreal Forum, in Ottawa and Toronto.

Paul Nemer: Speaking of Montreal, I am pretty sure you get this question every time you're being interviewed. What are your thoughts on the Survivor Series 1997 in Montreal?

Jim Neidhart: Oh Yea, I wish that night had never happened. Well you know, some times wrestling isn't as planned as people think it is. It's pretty real, just very real sometimes, that's what people don't understand. Sometimes you're fighting for your life out there.

Paul Nemer: Shortly after the Survivor Series, you were involved in an angle for one night with D-generation X, where they had you joined them, and then Chyna low-blowed you and they spray painted "WCW" on your back. How did all that come about? Did you feel comfortable doing that?

Jim Neidhart: Not really, but Chyna was very weak and her little legs were going like this *shaking* But I think I was the first person where she ever put a wrestling move on.

Paul Nemer: *laughs* Alright. Confusion, frustration and mis-used, would those be the words to describe your short stay in WCW?

Jim Neidhart: Yea. They should have used me and Davey boy better with Bret and people were waiting for that and they never did it. That's why they aren't in business now.

Paul Nemer: Yea, I mean fans had better storylines than WCW at times, it's a shame.

Jim Neidhart: Yea, well WCW is a broadcasting company where the WWE is a wrestling company.

Jim had to run because his match with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan was only a couple of minutes away.

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