WWE News: Jim Neidhart on Hart Foundation, Montreal Screwjob and more
Jim Neidhart opens up on the Montreal Screwjob, Bret Hart and getting paid to do nothing in WCW.
WWE Legend and former Tag team champion Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart was on episode 298 of Chris Jericho’s online podcast, “The Talk is Jericho”. Neidhart talked about the dynamics of teaming with Bret Hart, forming the legendary Hart Foundation, the infamous Montreal Screwjob and how WCW paid him to literally do nothing.
Neidhart revealed that he and Bret never had any disagreements on the creative content of a match. Both had been trained by the legendary Stu Hart in the Hart Dungeon and had developed a sense of camaraderie that went a long way in forming the Hart Foundation.
“Bret was a really, really great partner. I got along really well with Bret. In fact, we still are proud of this little thing, where no matter what happened out there, we never got in an argument and we never disagreed about anything.”
Neidhart divulged that the Hart Foundation’s trademark pink colour was in fact inspired by Adrian Adonis, who was a client of their manager Jimmy ‘The Mouth of the South’ Hart.
Neidhart recalled that he and Bret had detailed discussions about how Vince loved colourful attires on wrestlers and no body had taken the pink colour back then. He mentioned that Vince loved the colour scheme that they had picked for their wrestling gear and so they ran with it.
Neidhart also spoke about the infamous Montreal Screwjob saying that it left a bitter taste in the mouth for all who were involved in it. He said that he did not understand what was happening when Vince had gone to ringside and asked for the bell to be rung. Neidhart said:
“I was like everybody else. I was going, 'what the hell's going on here?' So I basically just came out to the ring and watched Bret's back a little bit and that was about it.”
He professed his support for the Hitman when the latter knocked out Vince McMahon in the locker room after the incident.
Jim Neidhart pointed out that after Bret left for WCW, he wanted to leave as well. Bret had talked him up to Bischoff and they had offered him a lucrative contract. He revealed that his stint with WCW in 1998 was the best time of his career.
In fact, Neidhart said that he was literally being paid for doing nothing. He could just sit in the locker room, drink beer and collect his pay check at the end of the month.
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