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Nattie Neidhart

Natalya on Raw in November 2008
Ring name(s) Nadia Hart
Natalie Neidhart
Natalya[1]
Natalya Neidhart
Nattie Neidhart[2]
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[3]
Billed weight 135 pounds (61 kg)[3]
Born May 27, 1982 (1982-05-27) (age 27)[2]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada[2][3]
Resides Tampa, Florida[4]
Billed from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Trained by Bruce Hart[5]
Ross Hart[5]
TJ Wilson[5]
Tokyo Joe[4]
Clive Lewellin[3]
DSW staff
Debut 2000[2]

Natalie "Nattie" Katherine Neidhart[2] (born May 27, 1982)[2] is a Canadian professional wrestler. She is currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment on its SmackDown brand under the ring name Natalya.[1] She is the cousin of David Hart Smith and is the real-life girlfriend of Tyson Kidd, who both happen to be her teammates in The Hart Dynasty.

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Professional wrestling career

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Early career

Neidhart received formal professional wrestling training in the infamous Hart family "Dungeon" from her uncles Ross and Bruce Hart.[6][7] In addition to her professional wrestling career, Neidhart has received training in amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts.[3][8] Neidhart is the first third-generation female wrestler in the world.[7] In late 2000 through 2001, she served as the host and ring announcer of the Eric Bischoff led youth-promotion MatRats.[9] In 2003, she began working for the Hart Family's own Stampede Wrestling, beginning a long time feud with Belle Lovitz. The pair wrestled each other repeatedly, including a match for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance, where Neidhart teamed with her father, Jim Neidhart, against Lovtiz and Apocalypse.[10] In 2005, however, they joined forces against the Myers Family.[2]

Neidhart also began wrestling abroad, with the intention of honing her skill. In the summer of 2004 she accepted bookings for a tour in England, and in March 2005, started on a two month tour of Japan where she used the name Nadia Hart.[6] When she returned to Canada she promptly turned into a villainous character, announcing that "Nasty Nattie" had been born. On June 17, 2005 she defeated Anna Marie, Belle Lovitz, and Ma Myers in a four way match to become the first Stampede Women's Pacific Championship, though she later vacated the title.[11] In November 2005, Neidhart damaged her cruciate ligament while wrestling in Japan, and underwent surgery in early 2006.[12] She was sidelined for six months while she recovered.[3][12] On October 8, 2006, Neidhart won the SuperGirls Championship from Lisa Moretti at a Big Time Wrestling show held by NWA: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling in Newark, California, losing it to Nikki Matthews on October 27 in a three-way match that also involved Veronika Vice.[13] She had her last match for Stampede Wrestling on January 26, 2007, after she had signed with WWE, defeating Veronika Vice.[14] During the show, she also gave a speech thanking the fans for their support.[14]

World Wrestling Entertainment

Development territories

Neidhart at an FCW event in 2007

On January 5, 2007,[2] Neidhart signed a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE),[15] making her the first third generation female wrestler in the history of WWE.[16] Upon signing she was assigned to their "developmental territory" Deep South Wrestling for the first half of the year before being transferred to Florida Championship Wrestling when it opened in June.[17] Neidhart debuted in Ohio Valley Wrestling in a dark match at television tapings on July 18, 2007. She debuted the next week as a member of the Next Generation Hart Foundation, accompanying her cousins Teddy Hart and Harry Smith for tag team matches.[18] In October she, along with the rest of the Hart Foundation, were moved to Florida Championship Wrestling.[19]

SmackDown and ECW (2008-present)

She made her main roster debut as a villain, under the name Natalya Neidhart (later shortened to just Natalya)[20] on the April 4, 2008 episode of SmackDown!, coming out of the crowd to aid Victoria in an attack on Michelle McCool and Cherry.[21] Her televised in-ring debut came three weeks later, in a win over Cherry.[22] When SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced the creation of the WWE Divas Championship on June 6, Natalya was the first Diva to qualify for the title match.[23] At The Great American Bash on July 20, however, Natalya lost the match to determine the inaugural champion to McCool.[24] For the rest of the year she competed mainly in tag team matches, sporadically wrestling singles matches.[25][26] Allied with Victoria, she was also involved a feud with The Bella Twins.[27][28] She made appearances in FCW in late 2008, managing TJ Wilson and DH Smith (Harry Smith) to the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship on October 30.[29]

David Hart Smith (left), Natalya (center) and Tyson Kidd (right) as The Hart Dynasty.

While still a member of the SmackDown brand, she made her debut for the ECW brand, via the talent exchange agreement, on February 10, 2009, managing her real life boyfriend Tyson Kidd (TJ Wilson).[30] In her ECW in-ring debut, on the March 3 episode, Natalya defeated Alicia Fox.[31] On April 5, Neidhart competed in a Divas battle royal at WrestleMania XXV, but the match was won by Santina Marella.[32] On April 15 Natalya was made an official member of the ECW brand, when she was drafted there as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft.[33] On the May 13 episode of ECW, Kidd and Natalya were joined by her real-life cousin David Hart Smith, forming The Hart Dynasty, although it was originally called The Hart Trilogy.[34][35][36]

On June 29, 2009, Natalya was traded back to SmackDown along with the other members of The Hart Dynasty.[37] Natalya's first match back for the brand was in a six-person mixed tag team match on the July 17 episode, when The Hart Dynasty defeated Cryme Tyme (JTG and Shad Gaspard) and Eve Torres.[38] Natalya was on the winning team when the SmackDown Divas defeated the Raw Divas at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view.[39] On December 4, Natalya lost in a triple threat match to determine to #1 Contender for the WWE Womens Championship after she was pinned by Mickie James. The match also involved Beth Phoenix. On February 19, The Hart Dynasty defeated Matt Hardy, The Great Khali, and Maria when Natalya Pinned Maria.

Personal life

Neidhart is the daughter of wrestler Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Ellie Hart, who is the daughter of Stu Hart, which makes her a third generation wrestler.[4][7] She has two sisters; her older sister, Jennifer, is a gourmet chef and caterer, and she also has a younger sister, Kristen (nicknamed "Muffy").[40] Neidhart cites her grandfather, Stu, as her inspiration, both in and out of the ring.[5] As a member of the Hart wrestling family she is cousin to Harry Smith and Teddy Hart, who are both professional wrestlers as well.[7] She is close friends with Smith, and the two lived together for a short time as children while their fathers were wrestling as a team.[41]

Neidhart graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in 2000.[5] She owns a home in Calgary, but currently resides in Tampa, Florida.[4] Neidhart is trained in Jiu-Jitsu.[8]

She has been dating fellow wrestler TJ Wilson since November 2001,[42] and the two have lived together for over five years.[42]

In wrestling

Neidhart using the Sharpshooter on Ariel at Shimmer Volume 8

Championships and accomplishments

Neidhart at a live event in Adelaide, Australia

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