The true stories of wrestling's most unique nicknames

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March 11, 2013

Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart

When I wrestled in Calgary [Alberta], back in 1980, one of the big annual events that took place there was the Calgary Stampede. It was certainly one of the biggest rodeos in the world. There were off-shoot events there as well, and my father-in-law, Stu Hart, decided that he was going to enter me in a celebrity anvil throwing contest at the Stampede that year. So here I was, pitted against hockey players, football players and rodeo guys. I threw this hundred-pound anvil, and just won the event by about an eighth of an inch.

So after all was said and done, Helen Hart remembered my success at the Stampede. When I went to wrestle for Bill Watts, he wanted to give me a nickname, like “The Animal.”  But I didn’t feel like I was an animal. I spoke with Helen and she said to me, “Why don’t you call yourself ‘The Anvil’?” I had the flat top, the long beard and the sunglasses, and it sounded different, but good. So I used it, and it stuck. 

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