UPDATE x 2: Deadspin has an article up, discussing a recent interview from the Legends of Wrestling event in Miami, FL. The video features Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, and here is what they wrote about Neidhart’s appearance in the video…
“It’s unclear what Neidhart had gotten into that night—he was arrested in 2010 for possessing 55.6 grams of Oxycontin and 17.4 grams of methadone, a portion of which he stole from his neighbor, and is an ex-wrestler—but he is pretty tweaked and has a hard time doing anything but spasm and sway. He sounds like a chain-smoking machine gun when he talks.”
UPDATE: Just to update our report from below – there are interviews from just several months ago where Jim Neidhart acts completely normal and NOTHING like what you see in the video below. That seems to rule out Parkinsons disease and close friends say it’s drug abuse and not any sort of disease other than addiction. The twitching, licking of the lips and sweating are all signs of drug abuse as well. We reported several months ago that people close to Jim claim he’s been in rough shape for years now. Neidhart’s daughter, WWE Diva Natalya and other family members have tried numerous times to intervene but it hasn’t worked as you can see below. When he was arrested last year, numerous family members including Natalya refused to bail him out of jail in hopes that he would be able to sober up while behind bars.
On March 15, 2012, we reported the following:
Jim Neidhart was arrested yesterday at the Hilsborough County Court in Florida for contempt of court. Neidhart was in a hearing for previous theft and possession of a controlled substance charges that were brought against him in 2010. Neidhart was taken into custody and at this time, is still incarcerated. Neidhart doesn’t have any bond set yet or a release date.
Neidhart was arrested on Labor day back in 2010 in Thonotosassa, Florida after deputies were alerted to him being loud and yelling as he attempted to open a pill bottle while pumping gas. Neidhart started to argue with authorities, which led to them searching him and them finding 28 methodone tablets and 95 oxycotin pills.
Police also found numerous pill bottles in Neidhart’s possession belonged to a neighbor who had recently reported them stolen. Due to the neighbor stating that she knew neidhart, but had not given him permission to take their prescription medication and her back door had been recently forced open, Neidhart was charged with the following: burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grant theft (third degree – $300-$3,000), trafficking in illegal drugs (Methadone), possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (Methodone), trafficking in illegal drugs (oxycotin) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (Oxycontin).
While this is not confirmed yet, the Hillsborough County Sheriff website indicates that Judge Espinosa sentenced Neidhart to 5 months and 29 days for the First Degree Theft and Possession of Controlled Substance charges. No word yet if the jail sentence was suspended or if Neidhart must do the full 5 months and 29 days. We hope to have an official update soon.
If you’re interested, you can click here to view his latest mugshot. He’s gained some weight for sure.
As seen in the video below, the look on Bret Hart’s face says it all. This is truly a sad story and we hope Jim gets the help he needs ASAP before it’s too late. The person in question needs to want the help before anything can be done though. Get well soon, Jim.
ORIGINAL: As noted earlier here on the website, numerous pro wrestling legends were in attendance at Marlins Park for last night’s Florida Marlins MLB Game. Among the legends in attendance were Bret Hart, Bill Goldberg and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. MLB.com did an interview with Bret Hart backstage and Jim Neidhart seems shockingly out of it. You have to see this video guys. Really, REALLY sad stuff. You can view the video at this link or below. Hopefully Jim gets himself better soon before it’s too late.