It Came From YouTube: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart- Color Commentator extraordinaire

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Following the breakup of The Hart Foundation; in early 1991 Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart joined Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan to provide color commentary for WWF Wrestling Challenge for who knows what reason.

And boy oh boy




I don’t know who (maybe it was “Who”?) thought this was a good idea, but boy was he a 5th wheel in the commentary booth.

Fortunately, by the fall of 1991 he decided to get back into the ring which meant he only annoyed us for a few minutes a week instead of for an entire hour.

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6 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart- Color Commentator extraordinaire"
  1. Bone White says:

    He didn’t add much did he

  2. Alan says:

    Bret Hart wrote about Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart in his book “Hitman: My Real Life In The Cartoon World Of Wrestling”. IIRC, it was Vince McMahon’s idea to put Neidhart in the booth.

  3. Jack Mehoff says:

    Mike McGuirk > Lilian Garcia

  4. Wrestling Sickness says:

    The reason Jim Neidhart was put in the Box had nothing to do with his commentary ability or lack thereof. It was because Anvil owed Vince money. Vince fronted Neidhart’s legal bills when he sued US Airways over his false arrest, with the agreement being that Neidhart would pay McMahon back when he received his settlement. In typical Jim Neidhart fashion, he blew through the money in record time without paying Vince back a single dime. At the time, Vince was ready to give Bret his singles push, and since he didn’t see a future for Neidhart outside of the Hart Foundation yet couldn’t fire him because of the debt, Vince decided to make Neidhart a commentator and garnish the money out of his wages. Thankfully this didn’t last long, as Bret would later suggest to Vince that he rehire Owen and team him with Neidhart, and thus the New Foundation was born.

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