Audio: Jim Neidhart talks Vince McMahon, Owen Hart, WCW, and more
Jun 20, 2014 - by Steve Gerweck
Recap of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart on In Your Head Wrestling Radio, 06/11/2014
by Vic Schiavone
Hosts Jack E. Jones and One Inch Biceps welcomed former two-time WWF Tag Team Champion Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart to IYH Wrestling Radio.
Highlights included the following:
* What was the story behind your ‘Who’ gimmick in the WWF?
“Oh brother; I’ll tell you, that was some real BS. I think it was more like a little punishment thing. I think they found some of that horrible devil weed in my system, and finding the devil weed they suspend you, let you go home for a couple of weeks to rest up. They threw me back on the road and said OK, we’re going to torture him a little bit; we’re going to take that pink and black off you and throw you in a yellow mask as a single…If you never worked with a mask on before, wow. It’s a big, big difference; you can’t see. You had no peripheral vision…If you’re wrestling with that mask on; you have to look at your opponent constantly. It’s way, way harder to wrestle with a mask on than it is without, because you have to tell the people what you’re doing a little bit without actually looking at them; you have to use way, way more body language, which is really different. I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody, walking into a big venue sold out and you’re trying to do a single with a mask on and you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”
* What were your feelings on your WCW run (after the Montreal Screwjob)?
“I’ve never made so much money doing absolutely f**king nothing. It was ridiculous. I made almost $300,000 in twelve months to do absolutely nothing, and accomplish nothing. They didn’t know what they were doing; it was ridiculous…It’s a shame; they had so much talent going through there but they didn’t have anybody that knew what the hell they were doing. Eric Bischoff, I guess, was in charge with Hogan and that crew, and I thought the nWo thing was kind of cute, but they never had any real direction toward it.”
Other topics discussed included:
* Where was his favorite place to wrestle?
* When the WWF split up The Hart Foundation, did Vince McMahon have big ideas for him as a singles star?
* What did he consider was the biggest match of his career?
* How were you treated in the WWF after Bret left?
* Was he ever the victim of one of Owen Hart’s famous ribs (practical jokes)?
* What were his thoughts on working in Japan?
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart will be appearing at the New England Pro Wrestling FanFest 2014 on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island. In addition, that night he will be inducted into the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. For additional information, go to http://nepwhof.weebly.com/.
This interview is available for listening at http://www.iyhwrestling.com/viewnews.php?autoid=24798 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAoLzHf1UUY
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