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Nattie Neidhart talks WWE deal
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


Nattie Neidhart
- photo by Kristin Burns, courtesy http://www.nattieneidhart.cjb.net/

Small time wrestling events at the local Legion hall will soon be a distant memory for Nattie Neidhart.

The young Calgarian -- daughter of Jim (The Anvil) Neidhart and granddaughter of the late great Stu Hart -- has signed a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment.

"I'm representing the Hart family," Neidhart told the Calgary Sun in one of her last interviews not supervised by WWE reps. "I'm the first female in our family to be stepping into these uncharted territories. It's exciting that this is finally all happening for me."

But the signing isn't just a first within Calgary's legendary grappling clan. Wrestling has never had a third generation female star, putting Neidhart in the record books before she even appears as an official WWE diva.

"Ooh, I feel kind of silly being called a diva already," she said with a laugh. "But I guess it's what I am now, a WWE diva.

"I feel I can bring something unique to the table, though. I have that sense of athleticism and grittiness that I learned in the Hart Dungeon from working in Japan. I'll bring that to WWE."

But before she is booked on Raw or Smackdown, Neidhart's first stop will be Deep South Wrestling in Georgia, one of WWE's developmental territories.

"In Deep South, their main focus is getting you in the best overall ring shape," Neidhart said. "The trainers also work on ring entrances, speaking, promos, everything to make sure you're camera-ready. They even help decide what roster you're going to be on."

But no matter where Neidhart ends up in the WWE -- and she's already travelled the globe wrestling independently -- Calgary will always be the place she calls home.

"I love Calgary, it's where my Harts are," she said with a laugh. "The Hart family is kind of like a little wrestling cult. We may be a little crazy at times, but I have an amazing family and I think Calgary played a big part in who we all are today. I feel I'm representing Calgary, representing women and representing my family."

Speaking of family, what does the Anvil think of his little girl becoming a wrestling vixen?

"He wasn't sure about it, at first," Neidhart said. "Most dads want their daughters to marry doctors, not get into wrestling. But now that things are starting to happen for me, he's really excited for me."

Nattie even has hopes of working with her dad at some point down the road.

"Maybe my dad can come out there and take a baseball bat to Torrie Wilson's kneecaps," she said. "We can do a Nancy Kerrigan thing, take the father-daughter tag team to the next level."

RELATED LINKS

  • Nattie Neidhart story archive
  • Nattie Neidhart's official website