Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Passes Away, Aged 63
We open today’s news episode with the sad passing of wrestling legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who died in his home yesterday at the age of 63. Neidhart will be best remembered as one half of the Hart Foundation with Bret Hart, who captured the WWF Tag Team Championships on two occasions. He also worked for several other independent promotions, WCW and for New Japan in the 1992 G1 Climax. His brother-in-law Ross Hart revealed that Neidhart died from a grand mal seizure related to his alzheimer’s disease.
Several notable names from the world of wrestling shared their thoughts on Neidhart’s passing yesterday, with his long-time tag team partner Bret Hart tweeting, “Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now.” Ric Flair shared, “My Good Friend Jim Neidhart, A World Class Athlete And A Man Among Men. Rest In Peace.” Demolition Smash, who Neidhart defeated at Summerslam 1990 to win the WWF Tag Team Championships posted, “It is terrible I just heard Jim Neidhart passed away. I just pray for his family to get through this.Jim was a great friend and I will really miss him.” Mauro Ranallo – who dated Neidhart’s daughter Jennifer a few years ago – shared, “I’m not in the mood to write much. I just wanted to publically show my support for Ellie, Jenni, Muffy, @NatbyNature & @TJWilson I was honored to be allowed into the inner sanctum of the Hart family. Jim Neidhart always showed me love.”
Neidhart’s daughter Natalya was scheduled for a non-title match with Alexa Bliss on Raw last night, but instead flew home to be with her family. She shared on Twitter, “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… 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.”
On behalf of the WrestleTalk team, we would like to send our thoughts out to Jim Neidhart’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Enzo Amore Reveals His Wrestling Future
Since being fired by WWE back in January, there has been a question mark hanging over the head of Enzo Amore’s wrestling career. He has teased a potential return in the past, but also posted on Instagram an image of him literally hanging up his boots from the wrestling world a few months ago. Despite being announced for a House of Glory show this coming Friday, Enzo has now told TMZ Sports that he won’t be stepping back into a wrestling ring as he can make more money from his rap career as Real1. When asked about getting back in the ring Amore answered, “Not in a million years. There ain’t nobody who’s got enough money to put me back in the ring.”
Hmm, that’s a double negative. WWE return confirmed!
Amore revealed that he has been worked on a new album with “some big names” as well as “a ton of television content right now”. He added that he would like to work with Michael B. Jordan on the Creed franchise.
Roman Reigns Shoots On WWE?
Someone who won’t be leaving the wrestling world anytime soon, however, is the number one contender to the WWE Universal Championship, Roman Reigns . Reigns challenges Brock Lesnar for the title at Summerslam this Sunday – a match that is rumoured to be Lesnar’s last in the company before he heads back to UFC. And it seems that Reigns wants to win the Universal Championship for more than just kayfabe reasons, telling Sporting News, “It’s killing us [not having the Universal Championship on TV]. It makes for better storytelling. It would be a better product. It would be a better show.” He adds, “it’s a driving force for live events. It’s a driving force for our Friday, Saturday and Sunday [non-televised events] when we don’t have a network special or a pay-per-view.”
Now it’s worth noting that this of course all could be said in character – though not sure why characters would be talking about better storytelling – but it has been reported that a lot of the promo work from Reigns about Lesnar and his feelings on him as an absent Champion have been drawn from real life. Either way, we’re going to find out who walks out of Summerslam as Champion come Sunday.
Impact Announce Huge Matches For Wrestling Media Con
And once that is done and dusted, Oli, Laurie and myself will be heading to Wrestling Media Con on September 8th and 9th – where we will face off against the dingleberries from Cultaholic live on stage . The show will also feature the first ever Wrestling Media Con Hall of Fame, Jushin “Thunder” Liger defending his British J Cup, live podcasts and the stars of Impact Wrestling taking on the best of the UK. And two of those matches have now been announced, with LAX defending their Impact Tag Team Championships against British wrestling legends Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm, while “The Death Machine” Sami Callihan takes on Jimmy Havoc in a battle of the hardcore icons – which I’m sure won’t be for the faint of hearts. Also confirmed for Wrestling Media Con are Eli Drake, Moose, Rich Swann, Su Yung and more. Tickets are available from www.ringsideworld.co.uk .