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Jimmy Hart
Ring name(s) Jimmy Hart[1]
The Colonel[1]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 166 lb (75 kg)[1]
Born January 1, 1943 (1943-01-01) (age 67)[1]
Jackson, Mississippi
Resides Tampa, Florida[2]
Billed from Memphis, Tennessee[1]

Jimmy Ray Hart[2] (born January 1, 1943) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer, and musician[1] best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling under his nickname The Mouth of the South. He has managed many professional wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Ted DiBiase, and The Honky Tonk Man. He is also a one-time AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion. He is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

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Professional wrestling career

Early career

Jimmy Hart was brought into wrestling by Jerry "The King" Lawler, with whom he had attended Memphis Treadwell High School. Having been asked to sing back-up with Lawler, Hart became an announcer and eventually the Lawler's manager. Later, the two split and Hart tried to take the CWA title from Lawler.

Hart created a stable known as Hart's First Family of Wrestling to attack Lawler, which among others included King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing Rick" Rude, Lanny Poffo, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Ox Baker, Kamala, Randy Savage, and "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, The Iron Sheik and Kevin Sullivan.

In 1982, Hart earned national headlines doing a program with comedian and television star Andy Kaufman. Hart, Lawler and Kaufman would continue this feud for over a year. Around this time, Hart became known as "The Wimp", a nickname given to him by Lawler and chanted by fans, and was the subject of the song "Wimpbusters," which was sung by Lawler to the tune of "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.; a music video was also made featuring Lawler, announcer Lance Russell, and wrestlers such as Randy Savage, Jimmy Valiant, Dutch Mantel, Tommy Rich, and Rufus R. Jones, along with footage of Lawler beating Hart and his "First Family".

In 1983 and 1984, Hart led Austin Idol, Masao Ito, and Gilbert to CWA/AWA International titles.

World Wrestling Federation (1985–1993)

In 1985, Hart's friend Hillbilly Jim recommended him to WWF owner Vince McMahon, who hired him. He was termed "The Mouth of the South" after his trademark Megaphone. Throughout the years, Hart used the megaphone to instruct and encourage his proteges, to discourage and annoy opponents as well as announcers (especially Gorilla Monsoon) and also as a weapon.

Hart's first acquisition in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) was Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, then the Intercontinental Champion. After Valentine lost the Intercontinental Title to Tito Santana, Hart briefly co-managed the Dream Team (Valentine and Beefcake), until he was phased out and gave full control to "Luscious" Johnny Valiant.

At Wrestlemania, Hart managed King Kong Bundy as he defeated S.D. ("Special Delivery") Jones. Hart later traded Bundy's contract to Bobby “The Brain” Heenan for The Missing Link and Adrian Adonis. He helped the latter to establish his "Adorable Adrian" gimmick. Also in 1985, Hart managed Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.

In 1986, Hart took the Funk Family under his wing. The Funks included Terry, Hoss, and kayfabe brother Jimmy Jack Funk.

1985 also marked the appearance of Bret "Hitman" Hart. Jimmy Hart teamed him up with Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart to form The Hart Foundation. On January 26, 1987, Hart guided the Hart Foundation past the British Bulldogs for the WWF World Tag Team title. Disgraced-referee-turned-wrestler Danny Davis also was managed by Jimmy Hart. Davis and the Hart Foundation wrestled the Bulldogs and Tito Santana at WrestleMania III.

When The Honky Tonk Man turned heel, Hart became his manager. In this position, Hart was nicknamed "The Colonel" in a reference to Tom Parker, the manager of Elvis Presley. With Hart in his corner, The Honky Tonk Man captured the Intercontinental title from Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat on June 2, 1987 and held it until August 1988.

Also in 1987, Hart managed the WWF Women’s Tag Team champions Judy Martin and Leilani Kai, known as the Glamour Girls.

Hart was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Manager of the Year in 1987, an award he won again in 1994.

At WrestleMania IV, Hart received a haircut from Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.

When he dropped the Hart Foundation in 1988, Hart managed The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers to feud with his former team; the angle was that Hart still retained the managerial rights to his former team and gave it to the Rougeaus, giving them the right to appear at ringside whenever the Hart Foundation wrestled. At SummerSlam 1988, Hart accompanied Demolition and Mr. Fuji to help retain their WWF Tag Team title against the Hart Foundation. Ax used Hart's megaphone as a foreign object to strike Bret and secure the victory.

In 1989, Hart brought Dino Bravo into his stable after the departure of Frenchy Martin. Then at a push-up contest between the Ultimate Warrior and Bravo, Hart and Bravo invited a large 460 pound man from the audience — later known as Earthquake — into the ring to sit on the contestants' backs. In 1990, Hart groomed Earthquake to be the man to beat Hulk Hogan.

Hart continued his war with his former tag team, the Hart Foundation. In 1990, he combined his proteges Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine into the short-lived team of Rhythm and Blues. In 1991, he managed the The Nasty Boys to defeat the Hart Foundation for the WWF World Tag Team title at WrestleMania VII, this time using a motorbike helmet as a weapon.

When the Nasty Boys lost the title to the Legion of Doom at SummerSlam 1991, Hart sent The Natural Disasters, a team formed out of Earthquake and his former opponent Typhoon, to disposses the new champions. When the Disasters failed, Hart formed a new team in early 1992: Money Inc., comprised of Hart's protege I.R.S. and "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Money, Inc. defeated the L.O.D. Their title win led to the split between Hart and the Natural Disasters, who as faces feuded with Money Inc. and exchanged the tag team titles twice in 1992.

In 1991, Hart had also brought in The Mountie, who had a short reign as Intercontinental championship in early 1992. Hart would also occasionally manage Ric Flair at house shows, when Mr Perfect had commitments elsewhere.

Late in 1992, Money Inc. regaining the tag team titles from the Natural Disasters led to the Nasty Boys turning on their manager, as he had repeatedly substituted them for Money Inc. in title matches.

Hart broke with Money Inc. early in 1993 and turned face when the team attacked Brutus Beefcake. He managed both Beefcake and Hulk Hogan, who at WrestleMania IX lost to Money Inc. by disqualification. At King of the Ring, Hart was in Hogan's corner as he lost the WWF title back to Yokozuna. This appearance was Hart's last in the WWF, as both he and Hogan departed the company.

World Championship Wrestling (1994–2001)

Following their departure from the WWF, Hogan and Hart briefly toured Japan. After their return, Hart wrote music and occasionally appeared on Hogan's television show, Thunder in Paradise. Hogan then had Hart manage him when they went to World Championship Wrestling (WCW). At Bash at the Beach in 1994, Hart managed Hogan to win his first WCW World title by defeating “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

At Halloween Havoc in 1995, Hart turned on Hogan to help The Giant. Hart also became the manager of the evil faction, The Dungeon of Doom, created by Kevin Sullivan. During that era, he managed Ric Flair to a 12th world title victory over Macho Man Randy Savage. After the demise of the Dungeon of Doom, Hart recreated The First Family. After the demise of the First Family, Hart was placed in charge of booking TBS's WCW Saturday Night show prior to the program's cancellation. At Spring Stampede in 2000, Hart faced radio personality Mancow. The two had a rematch later in the year at Mayhem. In February 2001, Hart joined WCW's booking committee.

Independent circuit; Wrestlicious (2001–present)

Hart posing with Lance Hoyt

After the sale of WCW to the then rival WWF, Hart and a close consortium of wrestlers and investors decided to create a wrestling organization—the Xcitement Wrestling Federation (XWF)—that would replace WCW as well as take wrestling back to early 1990s style of fun, family-oriented entertainment with minimal story lines and more solid wrestling. In 2003, Hart restarted his feud with Jerry Lawler by buying, for the XWF, part of the upstart Memphis Wrestling promotion.

In 2007, Hart appeared at the PMG Clash of Legends. On November 7, 2008, Hart appeared at the Jerry "The King" Lawler 35th anniversary event. He also made a few appearances with Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory, as a color commentator in 2008. He made multiple appearances for Axxess during the week leading up to The 25th Anniversery of WrestleMania.

On January 19, 2010, Hart announced that his all-female wrestling promotion Wrestlicious would be premiering on MavTV and BiteTV on March 1, 2010.[3]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003, 2005, 2010)

In October 2003 Hart made his debut for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), hyping a match between Hulk Hogan and Jeff Jarrett, which was eventually scrapped as Hogan decided to return to WWE instead.[1] On June 19, 2005 at Slammiversary pay-per-view, The Naturals were assisted in a title defense against Team Canada by Hart, who ran to ringside and threw his megaphone to Chase Stevens, who hit Petey Williams with it and pinned him.[1] Hart acted as the manager of The Naturals until October 3, 2005.

On February 14, 2010, at Against All Odds Hart made his return to TNA as a heel by helping The Nasty Boys defeat Team 3D in a tag team match.[4]

Other media

Music

Before wrestling, Hart, as a teenager, was a vocalist in the 60s band The Gentrys who had a million selling record "Keep on Dancin." Before becoming The Gentrys, there were known as just "The Gents." Their production manager told them that if they did not change their name, then they would not succeed in the music industry. Later, after the leader of the group Larry Raspberry left, Hart took over and they had a few minor hits most notably "Why Should I Cry" and a cover of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl". Hart and the band were successful in the Memphis area nightclub circuit. The group was under contract to Stax Records at the time of its bankruptcy, and Stax could not properly promote them.

During his years in the professional wrestling business, Hart composed many theme songs for wrestlers in the WWF and WCW. Some of the wrestlers for whom he composed music were Honky Tonk Man, Jimmy Snuka, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, The Rockers, The Hart Foundation, Crush, the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, Dusty Rhodes, the Legion of Doom, the Nasty Boys, Ted DiBiase, the Mountie, Hulk Hogan, the nWo Wolfpac, and 3 Count. One of Hart's most notable compositions is Shawn Michaels's entrance theme, "Sexy Boy."[5]

In the late 1980s, Hart released a music album (also available on cassette tape) entitled Outrageous Conduct. The release consisted of comical songs done in character; such as "Barbra Streisand's Nose" and "Eat Your Heart Out Rick Springfield." In 1995, Hulk Hogan released the album "Hulk Rules."[6] Hart, as well as Hogan's then wife Linda, were a part of the band The Wrestling Boot Band and helped write and sing many of the album's songs.[6]

Television appearances

In September 2007, Hart appeared on an episode of The People's Court as a witness for a defendant.

Hart is a close friend of Hulk Hogan and is featured on many episodes of Hogan's VH1 reality series, Hogan Knows Best. Hart was also a judge on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.

Hart also appears in hair restoration advertisements for Medical Hair Restoration, as a client.

In wrestling

  • Teams and stables managed

Championships and accomplishments

Hart at a signing in Toronto in December 2009

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/j/jimmy-hart.html. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Jimmy Ray Hart on USSearch". USSearch.com. http://preview.ussearch.com/preview/newsearch?searchtab=people&adID=10002101&adsource=34&comjsessionid=cF1kQ-B8k577KLM3965C8g**.node2&searchFName=jimmy&searchMName=r&searchLName=hart&searchCity=&searchState=FL&searchApproxAge=555&x=0&y=0. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Mike (2010-01-19). "Wrestlicious issues official press release touting TV clearances". PWInsider. http://www.pwinsider.com/article/44446/wrestlicious-issues-official-press-release-touting-tv-clearances.html?p=1. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  4. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-02-14). "CALDWELL'S TNA AGAINST ALL ODDS PPV REPORT 2/14: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe, Nastys vs. 3D". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/PPV_Reports_5/article_39033.shtml. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Amazing But True..". WWE Magazine (13): 23. July 2007. 
  6. ^ a b Hulk Hogan. "Hollywood Hulk Hogan" (p.256)
  7. ^ "Hart Foundation Profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/h/hart-foundation-original.html. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Bret Hart". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/hart-bret.html. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  9. ^ "The Naturals profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/n/naturals.html. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 

References

  • Hogan, Hulk (2002). Hollywood Hulk Hogan. World Wrestling Entertainment. pp. 352. ISBN 0743456904. 

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