Jimmy "The Mouth of the South" Hart

This WWE Hall of Famer returns to the show with many new announcements and will talk a little of the recent death of Johnny Grunge. He will also talk about the Road to Wrestlemania tour as well as the Naked Ladies of Wrestling and many other projects. He may just be the hardest working man in wrestling today.


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Statistics
Ring name(s) Jimmy Hart
The Mouth of The South
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 166 lb (75 kg/11.9 st)
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Born January 1, 1943 (1943-01-01) (age 65)
Memphis, Tennessee
Resides Tampa, Florida
Billed from Memphis, Tennessee
Debut March 31, 1985 (WWE)

Jimmy Ray Hart (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer, and musician. He has worked in the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, Continental Wrestling Association, Memphis Wrestling, United States Wrestling Association, X Wrestling Federation, WrestleXpress, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He has managed many notable professional wrestlers, including The Iron Sheik, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Ted DiBiase, and The Honky Tonk Man.

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[edit] Early career

Before wrestling, Jimmy was part of a band in the 1960s called 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 wouldn't succeed in the music industry. Later, after the leader of the group Larry Raspberry left, Jimmy took over and they had a few minor hits.

After being asked to sing back-up with Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jimmy was asked to be an announcer and then to manage Jerry. He also managed King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Lanny Poffo, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Ox Baker, Kamala, Randy Savage, and "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert; this stable was known as "Hart's First Family of Wrestling", or simply "The First Family". After Lawler broke his leg, Jimmy brought in talent to take the title from Jerry. In 1982, Hart earned national headlines doing a program with comedian and television star Andy Kaufman. Hart, "The King," 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 the popular hit "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.; a music video was also made featuring Lawler, announcer Lance Russell, and wrestlers such as Savage, Handsome Jimmy Valiant, Dutch Mantel, Tommy Rich, and Rufus R. Jones, along with footage of "The King" beating Hart and his "First Family" (a young Brian Christopher also made an appearance as a young child and another youth is seen wearing a replica of Tully Blanchard's West Texas State football jersey). Then in 1983 and 1984, Hart led Austin Idol, Masao Ito, and Gilbert to CWA/AWA International titles. After this success, Hart was hired by the WWE/WWF, shortly after he was given his trademark megaphone, thus giving him the name "The Mouth of the South".

[edit] World Wrestling Federation

[edit] 1980s

While in the WWF, Jimmy managed many wrestlers. His first acquisition was Greg "The Hammer" Valentine in 1985, then the Intercontinental Champion. At WrestleMania, Hart managed King Kong Bundy as he defeated S.D. ("Special Delivery") Jones, allegedly in 9 seconds. Jimmy Hart would later trade King Kong Bundy's contract to Bobby “The Brain” Heenan for The Missing Link and Adrian Adonis.

Also in 1985, Jimmy managed Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. After Valentine lost the Intercontinental Title to Tito Santana, Hart briefly co-managed the Dream Team (Valentine & Beefcake), until he was phased out and gave full control to "Luscious" Johnny Valiant. In 1986, Hart took the Funk Family under his wing. The Funks included Terry, Hoss, and Jimmy Jack Funk (Jesse Barr). Then, Jimmy managed Adrian Adonis and helped him establish the gimmick of “Adorable” Adrian Adonis. That year also marked the appearance of Bret "The Hitman" Hart; Jimmy 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 titles. Hart led the Hart Foundation and former referee Dangerous Danny Davis over the British Bulldogs and Tito Santana at WrestleMania III in the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. When The Honky Tonk Man turned heel, Hart became his manager. The Honky Tonk Man called Hart “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 in Buffalo, NY .

Later in 1987, Hart was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Manager of the Year, an award he won again in 1994. Also in 1987, Jimmy Hart managed the WWF Women’s Tag Team champions Judy Martin & Leilani Kai, known as the Glamour Girls. At WrestleMania IV, Jimmy Hart received a haircut from Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. When Jimmy dropped the Hart Foundation in 1988, Hart managed The Fabulous Rougeaus 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 Harts wrestled. At SummerSlam 1988, Jimmy Hart accompanied Demolition & Mr. Fuji to help retain their WWF Tag titles against the Hart Foundation. Ax used Hart's megaphone as a foreign object to strike Bret and secure the victory. The Megaphone became a significant trademark of Hart's throughout the years and was extensively used as a foreign object by the wrestlers he managed and by himself. 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, Jimmy and Dino invited a large 460 pound man from the audience into the ring to sit on the contestants' backs. That large man would later be known as Earthquake, and Jimmy groomed him to be the man to beat Hulk Hogan for the WWF title.

[edit] 1990s

In 1990, Hart managed the short-lived team Rhythm and Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine) to feud with his former tag team, the Hart Foundation. He also managed The Mountie, Jacques Rougeau.

On March 24, 1991, Hart led the Nasty Boys past the Hart Foundation for the WWF World Tag Team titles at WrestleMania VII in Los Angeles, CA. Hart added another tag team to his stable, the Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon), but Hart turned on the Natural Disasters to manage Money Inc. ("The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and IRS). Hart took Money Inc. to two WWF World Tag Team title reigns. In 1992 The Natural Disasters got their revenge on Jimmy, but their reign was short. Hart also managed The Mountie, in a short lived I.C championship reign in early 1992.

Also in 1992, Hart lost the Nasty Boys due to his ties with Money Inc. because they felt he was not helping them and was only focusing on his champions. Finally in 1993, Hart managed Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake after he came to the aid of Beefcake following an attack by Money Inc. At WrestleMania IX, Jimmy Hart managed the Mega Maniacs, Hulk Hogan & Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, who lost to Money Inc. by disqualification. After being disqualified, Hogan and Beefcake were going to "beat up" the ref. Jimmy told them not to do it and stepped in. He grabbed the ref, and tossed him outside of the ring. Jimmy Hart, Hogan, and Beefcake then stood in the ring and taunted, while Hogan's theme song "Real American" played. Later that night, Hulk Hogan returned to defeat Yokozuna for the WWF title. At King of the Ring 1993, Hart was in Hulk Hogan's corner as he lost the WWF title back to Yokozuna. This would be Hart's last WWF appearance, as both he and Hulk Hogan departed the company.

[edit] World Championship Wrestling

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

At Halloween Havoc 1995, Jimmy Hart, longtime manager and friend to Hulk Hogan, turned on Hogan to help The Giant. By doing that, Jimmy Hart would become the manager of the evil faction, The Dungeon of Doom, created by Kevin Sullivan. Members included Hugh Morrus, The Barbarian, Meng, Kevin Sullivan, Lex Luger, and The Giant. After the demise of the Dungeon of Doom, Hart created The First Family: Brian Knobbs, Jerry Flynn, The Barbarian, and Hugh Morrus. After the demise of the First Family, Hart was placed in charge of booking TBS' WCW Saturday Night show prior to the program's cancellation. At Spring Stampede 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.

[edit] Memphis Wrestling

In 2003, Hart restarted his feud with Jerry Lawler by buying, for the XWF, part of the upstart Memphis Wrestling promotion. Hart is now Lawler's manager.

[edit] Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

On June 19, 2005 at Slammiversary, 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. Hart acted as the manager of The Naturals until October 3, 2005. Hart was never under contract to TNA, or any wrestling organization for that matter and his schedule meant that he could no longer devote the time needed to help TNA.

[edit] In wrestling

  • Signature foreign object
    • Megaphone: It was given to him by Vince McMahon who had just returned from touring Japan. McMahon told him that from then on he had to carry it to ringside with him. To this day, it has been associated with Hart's gimmick.
  • Wrestlers managed

[edit] Championships and accomplishments

  • Inductee into the WCWA Hall of Fame on October 6 2006
  • Manager of the Year in 1983
  • Best Interviews in 1984

[edit] Behind the scenes

Jimmy was also responsible for many of the wrestler’s theme songs in the WWF and WCW. Some of the wrestlers he composed music for were: Honky Tonk Man, Jimmy Snuka, Hulk Hogan, and The Wolfpac. One of Hart's most notable compositions is Shawn Michaels entrance theme "Sexy Boy".[1]

In 1995, Hulk Hogan released the album Hulk Rules.[2] 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.[2]

In an interview in 2003 on Bubba the Love Sponge Show, Jimmy Hart revealed he had the rare, sought-after demo of Randy Savage and Elizabeth singing their wedding song "Together" (written by Jimmy) in his possession.[3]

Since the demise of WCW, he became a part owner and one of the founders of the X Wrestling Federation (XWF) along with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Brian Knobbs. He also played a key role behind the scenes in the British based WrestleXpress promotion. He had an administrative position in TNA and was seen from time to time at Universal Studios promoting TNA Impact!.

In 2005, Jimmy Hart was included in the video game WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 as a playable legend who can be unlocked for use in Exhibition.[4]

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.

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ (July 2007) "Amazing But True...". WWE Magazine (13): 23.?
  2. ^ a b Hulk Hogan. Hollywood Hulk Hogan (p.256)
  3. ^ Calvin Martin (October 8, 2003). Jimmy Hart talks about Hogan/TNA, managing, music, and more. Lords of Pain. Retrieved on 2007-06-09.
  4. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWE_SmackDown!_vs._RAW_2006

[edit] References

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

[edit] External links


 

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Jimmy Hart
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Jimmy Hart

Statistics
Ring name(s) Jimmy Hart
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Billed weight 166 lb (75 kg)
Born January 1, 1943
Memphis, Tennessee
"The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart (also known as "The Colonel") (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer and musician. He has worked in Memphis Wrestling, the WWF, WCW, XWF, WrestleXpress and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He has managed many notable professional wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ric Flair and The Honky Tonk Man.

Contents [hide]
1 Early career
2 WWF career
2.1 1980s
2.2 1990s
3 WCW
4 The Legacy of the Megaphone
5 Behind the scenes
6 Memphis Wrestling
7 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
8 In wrestling
8.1 Finishing and signature moves
8.2 Quotes
8.3 Wrestlers managed
9 Championships and accomplishments
9.1 Wrestling Observer Newsletter
9.2 World Wrestling Entertainment
10 Books
11 External links


[edit] Early career
Before wrestling, Jimmy was part of a band in the 1960s called 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 wouldn't succeed in the music industry. Later, after the leader of the group Larry Raspberry left Jimmy took over and they had a few minor hits.

After being asked to sing back-up with Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jimmy was asked to be an announcer and then to manage Jerry. He also managed King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Lanny Poffo, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Ox Baker, Kamala, Randy Savage, and Eddie Gilbert; this stable was known as "Hart's First Family of Wrestling", or simply "The First Family". After Lawler broke his leg, Jimmy brought in talent to take the title from Jerry. In 1982, Hart earned national headlines doing a program with comedian and television star Andy Kaufman. Hart, "The King," 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 the popular hit "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.; a music video was also made featuring Lawler, legendary announcer Lance Russell, and wrestlers such as Savage, Jimmy Valiant, Dutch Mantel, Tommy Rich, and Rufus R. Jones, along with footage of "The King" beating Hart and his "First Family" (a young Brian Christopher also made an appearance as a young child and another youth is seen wearing a replica of Tully Blanchard's West Texas State football jersey).[1] Then in 1983 and 1984, Hart led Austin Idol, Masao Ito, and Gilbert to CWA (Championship Wrestling Association) International titles. After this success, Hart was hired by the World Wrestling Federation.


[edit] WWF career

[edit] 1980s
While in the WWF, Jimmy managed many wrestlers. His first acquisition was Greg “The Hammer” Valentine in 1985, then the Intercontinental Champion. At Wrestlemania I, Hart managed King Kong Bundy as he defeated S.D. ("Special Delivery") Jones, allegedly in 9 seconds. Jimmy Hart would later trade King Kong Bundy's contract to Bobby “The Brain” Heenan for the Missing Link and Adrian Adonis.

Also in 1985, Jimmy managed Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. After Valentine lost the Intercontinental Title to Tito Santana Hart briefly co-managed the Dream Team (Valentine & Beefcake), until he phased out and gave full control to “Luscious” Johnny Valiant. In 1986, Hart took the Funk Family under his wing. The Funks included Terry, Hoss, and Jimmy Jack. Then Jimmy managed Adrian Adonis and helped him use the gimmick of “Adorable” Adrian Adonis.

Also in 1986, with the appearance of Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Jimmy teamed him up with Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart to form The Hart Foundation. On January 26, 1987, Hart guided his new tag team past the British Bulldogs for the WWF World Tag Team titles. Hart led the Hart Foundation and former referee Dangerous Danny Davis over the British Bulldogs and Tito Santana at Wrestlemania III in the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. When the Honky Tonk Man turned heel, Hart became his manager. The Honky Tonk Man called Hart “The Colonel” in a reference to Tom Parker, the manager of Elvis Presley. With Hart in his corner, on June 2, 1987 the Honky Tonk Man captured the Intercontinental title from Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.

Later in 1987, Hart was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Manager of the Year, an award he won again in 1994. Also in 1987, Jimmy Hart managed the WWF Women’s Tag Team champions Judy Martin & Leilani Kai, known as the Glamour Girls. At Wrestlemania IV: Jimmy Hart received a haircut by Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. When Jimmy dropped the Hart Foundation in 1988, Hart managed the Fabulous Rougeaus to feud with his former team. At SummerSlam 1988: Jimmy Hart accompanied the Demolition & Mr. Fuji to help retain their WWF Tag titles against the Hart Foundation. Ax used Hart's megaphone as a foreign object to strike one of the Hart Foundation members to secure the victory. The Megaphone became a significant trademark of Hart's throughout the years and was extensively used as a foreign object by the wrestlers he managed and by himself.


[edit] 1990s
In 1989, Hart brought Dino Bravo into his stable after the departure of Frenchy Martin. Then at a push-up contest, Jimmy and Dino invited a large 460 pound man from the audience into the ring to sit on Dino’s back. That large man would be later known as the Earthquake; and Jimmy groomed to be the man to beat Hulk Hogan for the WWF title. In 1990, Hart managed the short-lived team Rhythm and Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine) to feud with his former tag team, the Hart Foundation. He also managed The Mountie, Jacques Rougeau.

On March 24, 1991, Hart led the Nasty Boys past the Hart Foundation for the WWF World Tag Team titles at Wrestlemania VII in Los Angles, CA. Hart added another tag team to his stable; the Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon), but Hart turned on the Natural Disasters to manage Money Inc. ("The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and IRS). Hart took Money Inc. to two WWF World Tag Team titles. In 1992 The Natural Disasters got their revenge on Jimmy, but their reign was short.

Also in 1992, Hart lost the Nasty Boys due to his ties with Money Inc. because they felt he was not helping them. They thought he was only focusing on his champions. Finally in 1993, Hart managed Hulk Hogan and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake after he came to the aid of Brutus Beefcake after being attacked by Money Inc. At WrestleMania IX: Jimmy Hart managed the Mega Maniacs, Hulk Hogan & Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, but lost to Money Inc. by disqualification. After being disqualified, Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake were going to "beat up" the ref. Jimmy told them not to do it and stepped in. He grabbed ref, and tossed him outside of the ring. Jimmy Hart, Hulk Hogan, and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake then stood in the ring and taunted, while Hogans theme song "Real American" played. Later that night, Hulk Hogan returned to defeat Yokozuna for the WWF title. At King of the Ring 1993, Hart was in Hulk Hogan's corner as he lost the WWF title back to Yokozuna. This would be Hart's last WWF appearance, as both he and Hulk Hogan departed the company.


[edit] WCW
Then Hogan and Jimmy briefly toured Japan. After their return, Jimmy wrote music and occasionally appeared on Hogan's television show, "Thunder in Paradise". Hulk Hogan then had Jimmy manage him when they went to WCW. At Bash at the Beach 1994, Hart managed Hulk Hogan to win his first WCW World title by defeating “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

At Halloween Havoc 1995: Jimmy Hart, longtime manager and friend to Hulk Hogan, turned on Hogan to help the Giant. By doing that, Jimmy Hart would become the manager of the evil faction, The Dungeon of Doom, created by Kevin Sullivan. Consisting of Hugh Morrus, The Barbarian, Meng, Kevin Sullivan, Lex Luger, The Giant, and many more. After the demise of the Dungeon of Doom, Hart created The First Family: Brian Knobs, Jerry Flynn, The Barbarian, and Hugh Morrus. 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 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.


[edit] The Legacy of the Megaphone
People often wonder where Jimmy Hart got his megaphone. It was given to him by Vince McMahon who had just returned from touring Japan. Vince bought the megaphone and gave it to Jimmy and told him that from then on he was to carry it to ringside with him. Jimmy had no problem with doing this, and even today, Jimmy brings it everywhere he goes. Thus, "The Mouth Of The South" was born.


[edit] Behind the scenes
Jimmy was also responsible for many of the wrestler’s theme tunes in WWF and WCW. He composed: “The Honk Tonk Man,” “Honky Love,” “Sexy Boy,” “Road to Destruction,” Randy and Liz’s Wedding song, “What a Rush,” “We’re All American Boys,” “I’m the Mountie,” “It’s All about the Money,” “Snuka,” “American Made,” the Wolfpac song and many more.

Since the demise of WCW, he became a part owner and one of the founders of the X Wrestling Federation (XWF) along with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Brian Knobbs. He also played a key role behind the scenes in the British based WrestleXpress promotion. He had an administrative position in TNA, and was seen from time to time at Universal Studios promoting TNA Impact.

On February 3, 2005, Jimmy Hart was announced as one of the Class of 2005 inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame, and was inducted on April 2, 2005 by Jerry Lawler.


[edit] Memphis Wrestling
In 2003, Hart restarted his feud with Jerry Lawler by buying, for the XWF, part of the upstart Memphis Wrestling promotion. Hart is now Lawler's manager.


[edit] Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
The Naturals with Jimmy Hart in mid-2005.On June 19, 2005 at Slammiversary, 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. Hart acted as the manager of The Naturals until October 3, 2005, when he was taken off TNA television after appearing on WWE Homecoming.

Rumor has it that Hart was fired for attending WWE Homecoming and was later brought back as a figurehead, but this is not the case. He was actually asked by TNA CEO Dixie Carter not to appear for WWE, but it was entirely his choice to do so. Due to Hart's open contracts, no promotion can put a no-compete clause on him. Instead, Hart does promotional in-park appearances at Universal Studios prior to TNA IMPACT! tapings, but does not take part in the actual tapings at Soundstage 21.


[edit] In wrestling

[edit] Finishing and signature moves
Low blow
Headlock
Signature Foreign object:Megaphone

[edit] Quotes
"Never Trust A Midget"
"Now listen here, Daddy-O"
"I am the Mouth of The South Jimmy Hart"
"Get em' Honky!!!" (While managing Honky Tonk Man).
"Work on him, baby, work on him!" (his usual ringside advice to his wrestlers)
"Hey Ref, quit pickin' your nose and do your job!"

[edit] Wrestlers managed
Ox Baker
The Barbarian
Brutus Beefcake
Dino Bravo
King Kong Bundy
Dungeon of Doom
The First Family (Memphis)
The First Family (WCW)
Ric Flair
Jerry Flynn
Dory Funk, Jr.
Terry Funk
The Giant
Adrian Adonis
Eddie Gilbert
The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart)
Hulk Hogan
Austin Idol
Masao Ito
Kamala
Konnan
Larry Latham
Jerry Lawler
Lex Luger
Meng
Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster)
Hugh Morrus
Kendo Nagasaki (Kazuo Sakurada)
The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags)
The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon)
The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas)
The New York Dolls (Rick McGraw and Troy Graham)
Lanny Poffo
Rhythm & Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine)
Jacques Rougeau
Raymond Rougeau
Rick Rude
Randy Savage
Kevin Sullivan
Andy Kaufman
Leilani Kai
Kid Kash
Koko B. Ware
Mabel
Big Boss Man
Johnny Grunge
Abdullah the Butcher
Tommy Rich
Dewey Robertson

[edit] Championships and accomplishments
Jimmy won the Mid-Southern Heavyweight Title from Jerry Lawler in 1981 and gave it to one of his wrestlers, Chick Donovan, shortly after.
Hart won 2 Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Manager of the Year Awards in his career. He won them in 1987 and 1994.
Despite being a manager, Jimmy Hart ended up winning a battle royal back in the 80's.
One of his all time greatest accomplishments was being in the band known as "The Gentrys".
Jimmy Hart ended up singing his own song, "Eat Your Heart Out Rick Springfield".

[edit] Wrestling Observer Newsletter
1983 Manager of the Year
1984 Best Interviews

[edit] World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee

[edit] Books
Jimmy's autobiography, The Mouth of the South: the Jimmy Hart Story became available in 2004.


[edit] External links
Official Site
TNA profile
WrestleXpress profile
WWE Hall of Fame profile
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Hart"
Categories: Professional wrestling managers and valets | People from Tennessee | American male singers | Professional wrestling executives | 1943 births | Living people | X Wrestling Federation | People from Memphis | Total Nonstop Action Wrestling alumni | World Championship Wrestling alumni | World Wrestling Entertainment alumni


MY PAL SAL ... I have known promoter Sal Corrente long before he got into the wrestling business. Sal was a huge fan back in the glory days of Bruno Sammartino, Chief Jay Strongbow, Ivan Putski and so many others. His passion for the business eventually saw him work his way in and he learned every aspect of the game from putting up rings, to refereeing,managing, and eventually to promoting. He has never lost his feeling for the "good old days" or the great stars that created a flavor that can never be duplicated. Along with longtime associate Rob Russen, Sal brought the legends of those days back to us in two WrestleReunion events and I was fortunate enough to be CO-host of both of them along with Diamond Dallas Page. Now Sal has taken another step to keep the tradition of the legends alive. On Sunday, March 5, 2006 Sal brings a wrestling show and legend's reunion to the Hard Rock Live, in Orlando, Florida. The Wrestling event will feature over 30 of the greatest wrestlers of all time in 12 huge bouts including Bruno Sammartino, Diamond Dallas Page, Big Poppa Pump, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, Rick Steiner, and more. For more information email WWLegends@aol.com or WWLgnds@aol.com. Sal, from someone who really appreciates those great days -- thanks for continuing to bring them back (by the way, it was Sal who came up with the name of this column and my ring segments -- Apter's Alley)!



Manager: Jimmy Hart
Real Name: Jimmy Hart
Birthday: January 1, 1943
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 5?10 - 166 lbs
Trained by:
Debut:
Titles:
Previous Gimmicks: Mouth of the South
The Colonal (by Honky Tonk Man)
Notable Feuds: Jerry Lawler (Memphis)
Tommy Rich (Georgia)
The Hart Foundation
Brutus Beefcake
Hulk Hogan
Macho Man
Fit Finlay

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Wrestlers that "Jimmy Hart" has managed:
Jerry Lawler
Austin Idol
Masao Ito
The First Family (Memphis)
Randy Savage
Rick Rude
Eddie Gilbert
Lanny Poffo
Kamala
King Kong Bundy The Funk Brothers
King Kong Bundy
The Glamour Girls
Rougeau Brothers
Rhythem & Blues
Earthquake
Dino Bravo
Money Inc
Nasty Boys
Natural Disasters Hulk Hogan
Brutus Beefcake
The Dungeon of Doom
The Giant
Kevin Sulligan
Lex Luger
Ric Flair
Konnan
Meng
Barbarian
The First Family WCW
Brian Knobbs
Hugh Morrus
Jerry Flynn
Barbarian


Memphis Wrestling:

Jimmy Hart was in a popular rock band called "The Gentrys", before stepping anywhere near a wrestling ring..
Jimmy Hart was brought into wrestling in Memphis by Jerry "the King" Lawler, who Jimmy began managing, and later feuded with..
1982: Jimmy Hart earned national headlines doing a program with TV star the late Andy Kaufman..
1983-84: Jimmy Hart went on to manage Austin Idol, Masao Ito & Eddie Gilbert to the CWA title..

World Wrestling Federation:

1985: Jimmy Hart was recruited by the WWF, when close friend Hillbilly Jim recommended Jimmy Hart to Vince McMahon..
WrestleMania I: Jimmy Hart leads King Kong Bundy to defeat Special Delivery Jones in a record of 9 seconds..
~~~Jimmy Hart also managed Greg Valentine to retain the Intercontinental title against the Junk Yard Dog..
Jimmy Hart would later sell King Kong Bundy's contract to Bobby Heenan..
Jimmy Hart briefly co-manages the Dream Team (Beefcake & Valentine), until he phases out and gives full control to Johnny V..
WrestleMania II: Jimmy Hart leads Adrian Adonis to defeat Uncle Elmer and Funk Brothers to beat the Junkyard Dog & Tito Santana..
January 26, 1987: Jimmy Hart manages the Hart Foundation to dethrone the British Bulldogs for the WWF Tag Team titles..
Jimmy Hart adds referee-turned-wrestler "Dangerous" Danny Davis to his stable..
Jimmy Hart began managing newcomer, the Honky Tonk Man, who began calling him the ?Colonel?..
WrestleMania III: Jimmy Hart leads the Hart Foundation & Danny Davis to defeat the British Bulldogs & Tito Santana in a six man tag..
~~~Also on the card, the Honky Tonk Man defeats Jake ?the Snake? Roberts..
June 2, 1987: Colonel Jimmy manages the Honky Tonk Man to win the Intercontinental title by defeating Ricky ?the Dragon? Steamboat..
Jimmy Hart also managed the WWF Womens Tag Team champions Judy Martin & Leilani Kai, known as the Glamour Girls..
December 1987: Jimmy Hart was awarded the PWI Manager of the Year for 1997..
WrestleMania IV: Jimmy Hart receives a haircut by Brutus Beefcake!
1988: The Hart Foundation turned face and severed ties with Jimmy Hart..
1988: Jimmy Hart then began managing the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers to feud with the Hart Foundation..
SummerSlam 1988: Jimmy Hart accompanies Demolition & Mr. Fuji to help retain their WWF Tag titles against the Hart Foundation..
~~~Ax used Jimmy Hart's megaphone as a foreign object to whack one of the Hart Foundation members to secure the victory..
1989: Jimmy Hart brings Dino Bravo into his stable after the departure of Frenchy Martin..
Jimmy Hart managed the team of Rhythem & Blues (Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine) for short feud with the Hart Foundation..
Jimmy Hart also leads the Earthquake in the biggest feud of 1990 against Hulk Hogan..
WrestleMania VII: Jimmy Hart leads the Nasty Boys to beat the Hart Foundation for the WWF Tag Team titles..
Jimmy Hart adds another tag team to his stable; the Natural Disasters - Earthquake and Typhoon..
1992: Jimmy Hart manages the Natural Disasters into a feud against the Legion of Doom..
Jimmy Hart turns on the Natural Disasters to manage Money Inc (Ted DiBiase and IRS)..
Jimmy Hart leads Money Inc. to win the WWF Tag Team titles..
1992: Jimmy Hart loses the Nasty Boys due to his ties with Money Inc..
1993 - RAW: Jimmy Hart turns face when he comes to the aid of Brutus Beefcake after being attacked by Money Inc..
WrestleMania IX: Jimmy Hart manages Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake to defeat Money Inc. by Disqualification..
~~~Later that night, Hulk Hogan returned to defeat Yokozuna for the WWF title..
King of the Ring 1993: Jimmy Hart was in Hulk Hogan's corner as he loses the WWF title back to Yokozuna..
~~~This would be Jimmy Hart's last WWF appearance, as both her and Hulk Hogan departed the company..

Keeping Busy:

Jimmy Hart & Hulk Hogan briefly toured Japan and worked together on the TV Series "Thunder in Paridise"..

World Championship Wrestling:

Bash at the Beach 1994: Jimmy Hart manages Hulk Hogan to win his first WCW World title by defeating Ric Flair..
Jimmy Hart is one of two managers to manage a World Champion in both the WWF and WCW (the other is Elizabeth)..
December 1994: Jimmy Hart is awarded his second PWI Manager of the Year..
October 29, 1995: Jimmy Hart, longtime manager and friend to Hulk Hogan, turns on Hogan at Holloween Havoc to help the Giant..
Jimmy Hart would become the manager of the evil faction known as The Dungeon of Doom, created by Kevin Sullivan..
Jimmy Hart composed most of the entrance themes for WCW and is responsable for such great tunes like.. Well.. I can't think of any!
2000: Jimmy Hart recreated the First Family in WCW with a brand new crop of wrestlers..

In The Meantime:

Jimmy was a part owner and one of the starters of the XWF (Xtreme Wrestling Federation) along with Greg Valentine & Brian Knobbs..
March 6, 2003 - Smackdown!: Jimmy Hart was backstage and may be considered for a position in the production department..
March 27, 2003 - Smackdown!: Jimmy Hart makes a short appearance on WWE TV entering the arena with Hulk Hogan and Hulk's son..
April 16, 2003: Jimmy Hart is not a WWE contracted employee, nor are they interested in bringing him at this point..

Total Nonstop Action:

October 15, 2003 - NWA^TNA: Jimmy Hart does a phone interview and says Hulk Hogan will eventually show up in TNA for revenge..
November 12, 2003 - NWA^TNA: Sting & AJ Styles w/Jimmy Hart defeated Lex Luger & Jeff Jarrett w/Don Callis..
November 19, 2003 - NWA^TNA: Video is shown of Jeff Jarrett attacking Jimmy Hart during an appearance on the John Boy radio show..
June 4, 2004 - TNA Impact (debut): Jimmy Hart is apparantly on board with TNA in some kind of administrative position..

Total Nonstop Action & Buffalo Brawl:

July 17, 2004--Buffalo Brawl: Jonny Puma & Jimmy Hart NC Charisma & Puff (local sports talk host feuding with Jimmy Hart to build up the show)..
December 26, 2004--Memphis Wrestling: Eugene (from WWE) & Cory Maclin vs Jerry Lawler & Jimmy Hart ended in a NO CONTEST..
January 21, 2005--Border City Wrestling: Dave Lockbaum & Tyson Dux defeated Jimmy Hart & Eddie Venom..
April 2, 2005 - Hall of Fame Ceremony: Jimmy Hart was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame along with 6 others in Los Angeles..
June 19, 2005 - Slammiversary: The Naturals w/Jimmy Hart defeated Team Canada (Williams/Young) to retain the Tag Team titles..
June 26, 2005--Warrior-1-Wrestling: The Highlanders w/Jimmy Hart defeated Kamala & Crazy Steve
June 26, 2005--Warrior 1 Wrestling: Raven defeated Samoa Joe w/Jimmy Hart when Mick Foley used the claw on Samoa Joe)..
July 1, 2005--Memphis Clash of the Legends: Jerry Lawler & Renee w/Jimmy Hart beat Scufflin Hillbillies (Jethro & Maybel)..
~~~Later in the same card: Jerry Lawler w/Jimmy Hart vs Dutch Mantel w/Jimmy Valiant ended in a NO CONTEST..
July 8, 2005 - TNA Impact: Lance Hoyt & The Naturals w/Jimmy Hart defeated Eric Young & Bobby Roode & Alistair Ralph..
July 22, 2005--Border City Wrestling: They had a Hart Foundation Reunion with Jimmy Hart and Jim Neidhart and Bret Hart..
August 13, 2005--Ballpark Brawl: Jimmy T (Local DJ) & Kamala defeated Jimmy Hart & Lanny Poffo..
September 10, 2005--Wrestle Reunion: Greg Valentine beat Tito Santana to win the IWA title when Jimmy Hart threw in Brass Knux..
October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Jimmy Hart participated in a Legends Ceremony which included roughly 24 Legends..
November 19, 2005--CCW Tribute to Starrcade: The Masked Superstar defeated The Barbarian w/Jimmy Hart..
January 29, 2006--BANG Wrestling: The Claw defeated Lexie Fyfe with the help of the "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart..
~~~Dory Funk presented Jimmy Hart the Funking Conservatory Fighting Heart Award for outstanding performance in wrestling..
March 5, 2006--World Wrestling Legends PPV: "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka defeated Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/Jimmy Hart..
October 21, 2006--FPWA: Modern Day Theory w/Jimmy Hart) beat Rod Steel & Bruce Santee w/Amy Love to win the Tag Team titles!
April 1, 2007 - WrestleMania 23: HOFer Jimmy Hart made a brief cameo during a backstage dance party started by Cryme Tyme..
April 27, 2007--Memphis Wrestling: Jimmy Hart formed a new "First Family" with Bobby Eaton, Koko Ware and Slick..


 


 

The Mouth of the south made his mark in Music and then in wrestling. He has worked very hard in this business to establish new stars and put over legends. He was in volved in some of the biggest and best angles the sport has ever seen. He was a one of a kind manager who know what to do and how to do it to get the job done. From Memphis to NY every one knows the name of Jimmy Hart

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the greatest wrestling’ manager of all? Well you are Jimmy Hart. And mirror mirror on the wall, Mr. Bob Geigel, big time wrestling’ promoter, Mr. Tight Pockets, is about to have an awful awful big fall. Y’know, The Grapplers, the greatest team in the history of Professional Wrestling’ called my office last week and they told my secretary, they said "Please, tell Mr. Hart to call us back immediately, we’re having some problems up here in Kansas City". More...



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There isn’t much that Jimmy Hart hasn’t done in his long career. From writing music to working everywhere to traveling the roads with Hulk Hogan to booking, Hart has earned his place in wrestling history as one of the all-time great managers. Hart talked all about right here in this RF Video shoot interview. From Memphis and Andy Kaufman to WWF to WCW, Hart became an open book and went into detail about everything. If you liked the Jim Cornette shoot interview, this one is a must for you. “The Mouth Of The South” will keep you on the edge of your seat with lots of great stories and information. Here is what he discussed:

-Going to high school with Jerry Lawler and starting in the wrestling business.
-His music career.
-Early memories of Lawler, Jerry Jarrett and all the Memphis legends.
-How did he and Jim Cornette get along?
-Hart talks about learning the business and who taught him what.
-Who was Hart’s favorite and least favorite to manage?
-Hart goes into detail about the classic Memphis angles he was involved in.
-All the details on working with Andy Kaufman and what Kaufman was like outside the ring.
-How did Kaufman change business?
-Could that angle work today?
-Working with Tommy Rich, Fabulous Ones, and all the top Memphis stars.
-Hart tells lots of road stories.
-Lots of talk about going to WWF.
-Hart discusses his first impressions and how the locker room treated him.
-What was Vince McMahon like?
-The differences between WWF and Memphis.
-Working with Honky Tonk Man.
-How did he feel about Honky Tonk Man refusing to job for Randy Savage.
-Hart goes into detail about working with all the big names from the 80s like The Funks, Hart Foundation, Wendy Richter, Junkyard Dog, Rogeou Brothers, British Bulldogs, Greg Valentine, Jake Roberts and others.
-How did he become friends with Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake?
-Hart talks a lot about Hogan.
-Working on the first Wrestlemania.
-Memories of Roddy Piper.
-What happened when Nailz attacked Vince McMahon?
-How did he get along with Bobby Heenan?
-Hart talks more about the top WWF stars at the time like the Steiner Brothers, Ted Dibiase and Andre The Giant.
-Why did he comeback to manage Hulk Hogan?
-What was the deal with Hogan refusing to job to Bret Hart?
-Hart talks about writing theme music.
-How did Vince change over the years?
-Hart talks about his favorite angles.
-Hart gives the scoop on what things were like in the WWF locker room when the sex scandel broke.
-He talks about Thunder In Paradise.
-Hart discusses Hogan going to WCW.
-What was working with Hogan in New Japan like?
-Hart gives the scoop on how he ended up in WCW.
-Memories of Eric Bischoff.
-What are the biggest misconceptions of Hogan?
-Hart talks all about the Dungeoun of Doom.
-The differences between WWF and WCW.
-Hart discusses his behind the scenes roles.
-The politics in WCW.
-How things changed when Kevin Nash and Scott Hall came in.
-Why everything with the Ultimate Warrior failed.
-Lots of behind the scenes stuff on the how’s and why’s of everything Hogan did.
-Hart talks about Goldberg, The Giant and many more of the top stars.
-Hart really goes into detail on all the behind the scenes business in WCW.
-His relationship with Randy Savage.
-What was it like when Eric Bischoff was demoted and Vince Russo came into power?
-Thoughts on when Bill Busch took over.
-His view on the Radicalz jumping to WWF.
-How did Hogan and Bret Hart get along when Hart came to WCW?
-His responsibilities in WCW at the end.
-The sale of WCW and what he thinks of Brad Siegel.
-Hart talks about lots more!!!
-Also includes classic Hart footage!!! .


Neech Stuff

Mike, here's some info for jimmy hart that i was able to remember. I hope it helps.
1. him and jim cornette early in thier careers were a tag team known as the spiders or something like that.
2. Jimmy hart was apart of that whole jerry lawler andy kaupman feud. He was andy's accomplish. I remember how they devise a plan where it looked like andy and jimmy had a falling out and andy was helping lawler. But it was all a setup by jimmy and andy.
3. When jimmy was in the group the gentry's thier song " keep on dancing " was number 4 on the billboard charts.
4. on both wrestling albums he sang on the first 1 back in 1985- " eat your heart out rick springfield " and on the second 1 in 1987 the piledriver album he sang " crank it up "
5. he was at the first 9 wrestlemania's
6. at wrestlemania 4 brutus beefcake cut his hair
7. at wrestlemania 6 the pink cadilac that he, honky, greg the hammer and the honky girls was driven by none other the diamond dallas page
8. at wrestlemania 3 alice cooper held him while jake the snake put damian on him
9. these are all the guys he has managed- greg the hammer, king kong bundy, terry and dory funk( in the wwf he was known as hoss funk) jimmy jack funk, danny davis, bret hart, jim neidhart, adrian adonis, bob orton, honky tonk man, earthquake, typhoon, nasty boys, rougeou brothers, dino bravo, ted dibiasi, mike rotundo( then known as i.r.s., ) the mountie, kevin sullivan, the giant, ming, the barbarian, hugh morris, hulk hogan, brutus beefcake,
10. at wwe 2004 hall of fame he inducted greg the hammer valentine
11. sine you've been talking about sherri martel did you know that gorilla monsoon and jimmy hart were the annocncers when she won the woman's wwf title against moolah?
12. all the champions he managed- wwf tag team champions- hart foundation, nasty boys, money inc.- intercontinetal champions- greg valentine, honky tonk man, the mountie, -wwf champion- hulk hogan- wcw champion- hulk hogan, the giant. wcw hardcore champion- brian knobs.
13. he was onced diguised as peggy sue when the honky tonk man faced brutus beefcake.