Planet: It's probably best to start with
the obvious: you're a member of the long line of Hart family
wrestlers. Do you ever feel the pressure of having to live
up to the standards set by your uncles, grandfather and
Neidhart: Well, I am obviously aware that I do
come from a really talented wrestling family, but I know
that they worked hard to get where they are. I believe that
although I do have big boots to fill, I can achieve success
in this business by earning it a paying my dues.
the pressure all of the time, but I let that pressure charge
me in a good way. Sometimes it can be overwhelming because
sometimes I feel like when I walk out to the ring, people
are going to expect to see excellence. I feel like if I
don't deliver, they will be disappointed. Then I rationalize
to myself, that my family never got there overnight, and
it took years of growth for them to reach the top.
to push myself harder and drive myself more and more, all
of the time. I want to make my family proud, but more than
that, I have high expectations for me and I try to focus
What was it like growing up around the business? Are you
glad to have your cousins in the business at the same time?
I had a really good childhood. I was always surrounded by
wrestling, and it wasn't unusual to go to Randy Savage's
house for a party, or Hulk Hogan's or have Brutus Beefcake
and Hawk and Rick Rude come to our house and spend time
Harry Smith understands this too, because Davey and Diana
lived so close to us in Florida, and usually we went to
these parties or gatherings together. Wrestling was a daily
discussion because it was my grandfather's livelihood and
his children's. My dad was gone a lot, but when we did spend
time with him, we enjoyed ourselves.
It is nice that some of my cousins are involved in the
business of pro wrestling. Ted and Harry have both been
involved for a long time, and they are great to get advice
from. Harry has loved wrestling for so long, and sometimes
when he gets in the ring, I watch him move and it inspires
me to be a better wrestler. We all have a little bit of
competitiveness in us, but that only makes us work harder.
Tell me about your training. What was it like training under
has found success in Japan...
I didn't do all of my training under Tokyo Joe.As well as
Joe, I have worked with my uncles Bruce and Ross, TJ Wilson,
an amateur wrestling coach, a mixed martial artist, and
many Japanese woman wrestlers.
helped me a great deal with my wrestling by focusing on
the smallest of small details, and he really helped me emphasize
my strengths. I don't know who could top his training. My
uncle Bret thinks he might be the best trainer in the world,
as he trains with a science.
just teach me about wrestling, though. He taught me that
a lot of what you learn in wrestling, you can apply to your
life. He changed the way I look at so many things. He has
endured a lot, and he has taught us that in order to make
it to the top in this business you have to be extraordinary.
He emphasizes so much that wrestling is real, and it is
hard work and you have to show your guts and never give
Planet: OK, enough of that. Let's get on to what
you've been doing. You started with MatRats, that famed
small group that brought out folks like Jack Evans, Teddy
Hart and Harry Smith. Tell us about your time there.
Well, MatRats only lasted for a short time, but it did influence
my life greatly because it was what got me involved with
wrestling. I hosted the show, and I was having a great time
with that. Then, just for fun, I wanted to get in the ring,
and try some stuff. I fell in love with wrestling and I
gained so much confidence. I look back on those times, because
they were a lot of fun. Just being with my best friends
and cousins and just having a dream and feeling inspired
by the idea that people really wanted to see us.
first tapes I saw of your work was from the feud against
Belle Lovitz (I seem to remember that being her name). That
seems like it went on for a while, didn't it? What did you
learn about working a long program from that feud?
feud did go on for a while. That was because there was only
us. We were the only girls. I loved working with Belle and
I still do. I could see a lot of growth from each of our
matches. We had high expectations, and I think with each
bout, we rose to new challenges and really pushed each other.
working a program with her challenged us to be creative
and insightful while telling a story. We came a long way
together and the fans could see our evolution, so to speak.
Planet: You've worked Japan, including working
against legends like Kyoko Inoue. Did you like working Japan?
How would you say it differs from working Stampede or other
I loved working in Japan. It was an experience of a lifetime
and something I would never trade in. Japan reminded me
a lot of Tokyo Joe. I took a lot of Joe's advice and I held
on to it tightly when I was over there because I needed
all of his training to get me through it out there. Joe
taught us to be mentally tough, and with the cultural barrier,
I think Japan made me so much stronger. The wrestlers were
so good, and each girl I worked raised me to a higher level.
Over there, you have to earn respect.
say it differs from NA because the style is of its own and
the girls are really unique. Sometimes their psychology
may seem a little funny, but it is their own style. They
pretty much invented their own style out there. They don't
take any nonsense and they are all business in the ring.
in North America, the style is not as intense and the matches
are a lot more tame. But styles differ everywhere, and you
have to be the one to make the most of it, wherever you
Planet: You've also worked against guys having
good matches with the likes of Asian Cougar. How much different
do you find it working against a guy instead of another
vs. Asian Cougar
I like to work both, because I have to. There are not enough
women, so when I work with a guy, I don't mind at all. I
am up for the challenge and you have to be able to diversify
and change your style or your mindset. I can hit guys a
little harder, and not be scared that I am going to hurt
if I had to pick, I would choose women, because then it
is more realistic.
You've also worked the UK, where there's a core of fans
that are simply rabid for the stuff. How did it effect your
work? You want to work there again? Any thoughts of trying
to get in on the Italian circuit that's so hot right now?
I very much enjoyed working in the UK. I worked for ALL
STAR WRESTLING, I learned about letting go of my inhibitions
and having a character in the ring. I never really knew
how to involve the crowd or entertain people until I went
to England. I made some great friends over there and I learned
more than I expected. I would love to work there again very
like to go to Italy. Maybe in the summer if there is interest
for me. My uncle Bret stays there often and I have heard
that the Italian fans are great.
What direction do you see the future of your career going?
Do you see WWE/TNA in your plans, or would you rather stay
indy and work dates internationally? Is there any chance
of Hart Foundation: The Next Generation with you, Teddy
and Harry? That would be so totally sweet!