Bret Hart and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart made up what was quite possibly the perfect combination of power and technical wrestling. During a time when
the tag team division in the WWF was the strongest it had ever been, The Hart Foundation was one of the top teams. The Hart Foundation first enjoyed
success as a heel team, backed by their manager Jimmy "The Mouth of the South" Hart, and then eventually became huge crowd favorites after losing the
manager. As with all great tag teams, the Hart Foundation had a fantastic finishing move. In those days, a tag team finisher meant that both members
of the tag team played helped to execute it. Today, the tag team finisher is largely a thing of the past.
In 1985 Bret achieved national exposure in the United States, when he joined the WWF, as a hardworking scientific wrestler, but he was relegated to
low card status (it was the early days of Hulkamania). Manager Jimmy Hart saw Bret's potential, and decided to team him with Jim Neidhart, forming the
rule breaking Hart Foundation. Many consider this to be one of the best tag teams ever, because of the successful mix of scientific skill and speed,
with stunning power and brutality. The Hart Foundation won the WWF tag team titles, in 1987, from the British Bulldogs, with a little help from the
referee Danny Davis, who Jimmy Hart had paid off. Bret and Neidhart continued their feud with the Bulldogs for a short while, before they continued
their destruction of every team in their way.
Actually the Hart Foundation lost their title to the Rougeau Brothers, September 26, 1987, but the title was given back the next day, since Raymond
hit Bret with Jimmy Hart's megaphone and covered him for the win when he was not the legal man. The Hart Foundation were champs for nine months, until
they ran into Strike Force, who defeated the Hart Foundation for the titles. At WrestleMania IV, Bret and Neidhart were in a 20 man battle royal. Bret
and Bad News Brown were the last two men in the ring, together they had eliminated the competition, Brown double crossed Bret, and eliminated him.
This incident started the Hart Foundation's face turn, Bret feuded for a short while with Bad News Brown in some singles action, where he showed some
of the stuff, which is his trademarks today.
When the Hart Foundation dropped Jimmy Hart as their manager, because he sold their title shot to the Fabulous Rougeaus Brothers, Jimmy Hart swore
revenge, and he got it through Demolition, who defeated the Hart Foundation at Summer Slam 1988. But Jimmy Hart wanted more, and since he still had
the contracts on the Hart Foundation, which meant, that he got a part of their money, which he gladly gave to his new team, the Fabulous Rougeaus
Brothers, this started a feud between the two teams, with the Hart Foundation victorious. Between 1988 and 1990 the Hart Foundation wrestled every tag
team, that the WWF put in front of them including Power & Glory (Hercules & Paul Roma) and the team of Greg Valentine and the Honky Tonk Man, with
whom they feuded after Honky Tonk Man smashed his guitar to bits on the head of Bret Hart.
Until 1990 the Hart Foundation was a major player in the tag team scene, but they didn't receive many title shots, but they managed to defeat
Demolition for the title, at Summer Slam 1990, in a 2 out of 3 falls. Bret and Neidhart held on to them for seven months, before dropping them to the
Nasty Boys, who were under the guidance of Jimmy Hart. During their seven month regain, they also battled the Rockers, who won the titles, but since
the top rope broke during the match, the title change wasn't acknowledged by the WWF. In addition, they were easily identifiable by their pink and
black trunks and awesome entrance music. Bret Hart used his success in The Hart Foundation to propel himself to superstardom and become agruably the
best singles wrestler of all time. Neidhart didn't enjoy the same success as Bret, staying as a mid-card and tag team wrestler, even teaming with
Bret's brother Owen in later years. However, The Anvil always was one of the most recognizable faces in wrestling, whether he was on a tag team or