Monday Night Open Mic

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Unfortunately it’s another sad day in the wrestling world as we lost Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart today. Neidhart is, of course, one half of one of the best tag teams in wrestling history. As his nickname would indicate he was the power half of the Hart Foundation and, in my opinion, a very underrated worker and athlete in that role. He was also an incredibly underrated promo and one of those guys who I really enjoyed more from a promo when he was a babyface because he (and Bret for that matter) didn’t change their character much, they were just fan favorites. There are a couple of promos that stick out. One was a “25 percent” promo after the Hart Foundation split from Jimmy Hart.

And another one was the post-match promo after Summerslam 90 when the Harts took the titles from Demolition. They are doing a joint promo with the Legion of Doom and Neidhart just goes into his maniacal laugh for about 10-15 seconds and it cracks me up every time.

As for matches. Well you can take your pick from anything the Harts did with the British Bulldogs or the Rockers from that era and it’s all good. One of my favorite matches is a random non-title match against Bulldogs on Superstars. It goes less than five minutes and they put together quite a nice little match:

The match against Arn and Tully at Summerslam 1989 is terrific. The match against the Nasty Boys at Wrestlemania VII continues to get better with age. And even though Bret Hart was definitely the worker, Neidhart was great in his role and more than held his own end. Neidhart did a tag team with Owen Hart for a hot minute and later came back as Owen’s muscle when the younger Hart had a great heel run in 1993-1994. He was also part of the Hart Foundation stable in 1997 and participated in the greatest 10-man tag match ever. Even though he slowed down considerably in the 90s, Neidhart was definitely the more enjoyable characters of the WWE/F during his time. In recent years Neidhart made cameos on Total Divas, usually at his daughter, Natalya’s, house out in suburban Tampa, Florida. Natalya posted a gracious thank you to the support she’s received through her Twitter.

Moving on RAW is live tonight and it’s the Summerslam go home match so expect plenty of talk about Brock-Roman and Rousey-Alexa. There’s also a triple threat match for the tag titles and the wonderful Renee Young will be on commentary tonight as Jonathan Coachman is being phased out has previous engagements.

Keep it clean!