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Natalie Katherine NeidhartD.O.B: 27 May, 1982
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Trained By: Bruce Hart, Ross Hart, Tyson Kidd, Tokyo Joe, Clive Lewellin
Family Ties: Jim Neidhart (Father), Tyson Kidd (Husband), Bret Hart (Uncle), Bruce Hart (Uncle), Owen Hart (Uncle), Dean Hart (Uncle), Diana Hart (Auntie), Ross Hart (Uncle), Smith Hart (Uncle), Stu Hart (Grandfather), Harry Smith (Cousin), Teddy Hart (Cousin)
Natalie Katherine “Nattie” Neidhart is a professional wrestler currently working for WWE under the ring name Natalya.
She is the first third-generation female wrestler in the business, and a member of the legendary Hart family.
She trained in the infamous Hart Family Dungeon under her uncles Ross and Bruce.
She then began working for the Matrats promotion before moving on to Stampede Wrestling in 2003. She wrestled abroad in 2004 and 2005 and became the inaugural Stampede Women’s Pacific Champion in 2005. She would win the SuperGirls Championship the following year.
She signed for WWE in 2007, spending time in their developmental territories before debuting on the main roster in 2008.
Since 2013, she has been a main cast member of Total Divas.
Natalie Neidhart is the daughter of Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart and Ellie Hart, who in turn is the daughter of Stu Hart, which makes Natalie a third-generation wrestler. She has two sisters, Jennifer and Kristen.
She says her inspirations for getting into the wrestling business were her grandfather Stu and her Uncle Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.
She attended Vincent Massey junior high, and Bishop Carroll High School. She graduated in the year 2000. She is trained in Jiu-Jitsu, as well as being an accomplished amateur wrestler. She has also participated in gymnastics and dance.
Natalie has known TJ Wilson, otherwise known as Tyson Kidd since she was 12 years old, they began dating in 2001 and were married in 2013. Their wedding was featured on Total Divas.
Professional Wrestling Career
Stampede Wrestling (2003-2004)
In 2003, Neidhart began working for Stampede Wrestling, which was the Hart Family’s own promotion.
She immediately began a large feud with Belle Lovitz. The two would wrestle each other on numerous occasions, one such match featured Natalie team up with her father Jim to take on Lovitz and Apocalypse, in a match for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance.
In 2004, Neidhart and Lovitz formed an alliance and began competing in several inter-gender matches.
Wrestling in England and Japan (2004-2006)
In mid-2004, Neidhart began accepting bookings from England and in 2005, she went on a two month tour of Japan, where she wrestled under the name Nadia Hart. Upon her return to Canada, she turned heel and began referring to herself as ‘Nasty Nattie.’ On June 17th 2005, she defeated Anna Marie, Ma Myers and Lovitz in a four-way match to become the inaugural Stampede Women’s Pacific Champion. She later vacated the title.
In November 2005, whilst wrestling in Japan, Neidhart injured her cruciate ligament and underwent surgery, which kept her out of action for six months.
Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (2006)
Great Canadian Wrestling (2006-2007)
The next month, Neidhart competed in a tournament to crown Great Canadian Wrestling’s inaugural W.I.L.D. Champion. She defeated Danyah and Aurora to reach the final of the tournament, but she lost to Sirelda.
Her last match for Stampede Wrestling came on January 26th, 2007, when she defeated Veronika Vice. During the show, Neidhart took the microphone and thanked the fans for their support, as she was leaving the promotion for WWE.
WWE Developmental Territories (2007-2008)
On January 5th, 2007, Neidhart was signed by WWE and assigned to their developmental territory, Deep South Wrestling. She would remain there for the first half of the year and compete against Angel Williams and Krissy Vaine, before being transferred to Florida Championship Wrestling.
Her stint with FCW was relatively short and she was moved to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she made her debut in a dark match on July 18th, 2007, winning a battle royal.
Her official debut for OVW came the following week, where she was announced as being a member of the Next Generation Hart Foundation, along with her cousins Teddy Hart and Harry Smith. In September, Neidhart, along with the rest of the Next Generation Hart Foundation were moved back to FCW.
Neidhart would also form a brief alliance with Victoria Crawford to feud with The Bella Twins. However, in 2008, Neidhart and Crawford began competing against each other in both singles and tag team matches.
Around this time Neidhart began appearing on Smackdown.
WWE Main Roster; Smackdown! (2008-2009)
On the April 11th 2008, episode of Smackdown, Neidhard made her WWE main roster debut. She introduced herself as the daughter of Jim Neidhart, using the name Natalya Neidhart. She accompanied Victoria in her match against Michelle McCool. She would then begin aiding Victoria in her matches and in attacks against McCool.
Three weeks later, Natalya made her in-ring debut in a victory over Cherry, which she won using the Sharpshooter.
On the June 6th episode of Smackdown, Vickie Guerrero announced the creation of the WWE Divas Championship. Later in the show, Natalya won a Golden Dreams Match to earn her place in the first ever WWE Divas Championship match at The Great American Bash. She lost the match to Michelle McCool.
At Backlash, Natalya teamed with Victoria, Jillian Hall, Layla, Beth Phoenix and Melina to defeat Mickie James, Maria Kanellis, Michelle McCool, Ashley Massaro, Cherry and Kelly Kelly in a 12-Divas tag team match.
In October, Natalya and Victoria began feuding with the Bella Twins, after Victoria was defeated by the debuting Brie Bella. On November 7th, Natalya accompanied Victoria to the ring for her match with Brie Bella, which, once again, Brie won. After the match Brie ran and hid under the ring to escape Natalya and Victoria. But, both Natalya and Victoria grabbed under the ring and came out with a leg, when they pulled, it was revealed that both Brie and Nikki Bella were under the ring apron.
The feud between the two teams would come to an end on the November 28th episode of Smackdown, when Natalya, Victoria and Maryse defeated Michelle McCool and The Bella Twins.
On the January 16th 2009, episode of Smackdown, Victoria retired from WWE, which officially ended the alliance between Natalya and Victoria.
The Hart Dynasty (2009-2010)
On February 10th, 2009, Natalya, whilst still working on the Smackdown brand, made her debut for the ECW brand as a part of the talent exchange agreement. She managed her real life boyfriend, Tyson Kidd to the ring. Her in-ring debut for ECW came on March 3rd, when she defeated Alicia Fox.
On the 15th April, Natalya was made an official member of the ECW roster after she was drafted there as a part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft. On the May 13th episode of ECW, Natalya and Kidd were joined by her real-life cousin David Hart. The group became known as The Hart Dynasty.
At Bragging Rights, Natalya was a part of the successful Smackdown Divas team as they defeated their RAW counter-parts.
On the May 24th 2010, episode of RAW, The Hart Dynasty were attacked by the debuting Usos and Tamina Snuka. This led to a feud between the two teams, with The Hart Dynasty attacking The Usos and Tamina the following week. At Fatal 4-Way, The Hart Dynasty defeated The Usos and Tamina, when Natalya pinned Tamina.At Money In The Bank, Natalya helped Kidd and Smith retain the Tag Championships against The Usos. This ended the feud.
At Night of Champions, The Hart Dynasty lost their titles in a tag team turmoil match. This led to dissension between Kidd and Smith. This came to a head on the November 15th episode of RAW, when Kidd refused to tag in during a WWE Tag Team Match against The Nexus. Instead Kidd attacked Smith, setting up a match between the two, which was won by Smith. Although, Kidd would pick up a victory over Smith the following week, officially ending the alliance between The Hart Dynasty.
WWE Divas Champion (2010-2011)
Following the break-up of The Hart Dynasty, Natalya embarked on a singles run, beginning on the September 27th episode of RAW, when she won a battle royal to become the number one contender for the WWE Divas Championship. This led to a feud with the so-called ‘co-holders’ of the championship, Lay-Cool. At Hell In A Cell, Natalya defeated Michelle McCool via disqualification in a match for the Divas Championship, this meant that McCool retained the championship. At Bragging Rights, Natalya received a rematch for the championship, this time however, she lost to Layla, after McCool interfered.
On November 1st, Natalya defeated McCool in a non-title match to once again become the number one contender.
She would receive her title shot at Survivor Series, in a 2-on-1 handicap match against both Layla and Michelle McCool. Natalya won the match to become the new WWE Divas Champion. After the match, she was attacked by Lay-Cool until Beth Phoenix appeared and made the save. This led to an alliance between Natalya and Phoenix.
At TLC, Natalya and Phoenix defeated Lay-Cool in the first ever ‘Divas Tag Team Tables Match.’ At the Royal Rumble, Natalya was scheduled to defend her title in another 2-on-1 handicap match against Lay-Cool, but the match was changed into a Fatal 4-Way match, which also included Eve Torres. Torres won the match by pinning Layla.
On April 26th, Natalya was drafted back to the Smackdown brand as a part of the 2011 Supplemental Draft. Her return to the brand saw her face Brie Bella for the Divas Championship in a match that was won by Brie.
In May, Natalya began acting as a mentor for The Chickbusters, and began accompanying them during their matches.
The Divas of Doom (2011-2012)
On August 1st 2011, Natalya competed in a battle royal on RAW, to determine the number one contender for the Divas Championship. The match was won by Beth Phoenix. After the match, Natalya attacked Kelly Kelly, stating that her:
Days as the perky, cute, blonde little bimbo were officially over.
On the next episode of Smackdown, she attacked her protége, AJ Lee and declared war on her. She then aligned herself with Beth Phoenix, with the air calling themselves, The Divas of Doom. They immediately entered into feuds with the Chickbusters, Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly.
At SummerSlam, Natalya accompanied Phoenix to the ring during her Divas Championship match with Kelly Kelly. Phoenix failed to win the match. Phoenix would go on to win the title however, at Hell In A Cell, when she defeated Kelly Kelly with the help of Natalya.
Throughout November, The Divas of Doom went on a winning streak over the Chickbusters. Kaitlyn then began showing annoyance at AJ Lee, and eventually turned on her and joined the Divas of Doom. However, this was cut from broadcast and never actually recognized by WWE.
In early 2012, Natalya began a ridiculous gimmick, wherein her character became notable for flatulence.
The Divas of Doom officially split up after the Elimination Chamber, when Phoenix defended her title against Tamina Snuka. On the 22nd March episode of Superstars, Phoenix teamed with Eve Torres in a defeat to Natalya and Tamina, this match officially ended the Divas of Doom’s alliance.
Various Storylines (2012-2015)
At NXT Redemption, Natalya aligned herself once more with Tyson Kidd, and began feuding with Kaitlyn, who Natalya thought was paying too much attention to Kidd. After several matches between the two, they faced-off on opposite teams at Money In The Bank, when Natalya was on the losing team. The feud came to a head on the August 31st episode of Smackdown, when Kaitlyn defeated Natalya.
On the March 27th episode of NXT, Natalya lost to Kaitlyn for the Divas Championship.
Natalya then became a cast member of the WWE raelity TV show, Total Divas, which led to a feud between the cast of Total Divas and the other Divas on the roster, led by AJ Lee.
At Night of Champions, Natalya was involved in a Fatal 4-Way match for the Divas championship, which was won by AJ lee. At the same time, Natalya and Khali began feuding with Fandango and Summer Rae, which led to a mixed tag team match at Hell in a Cell, which was won by Fandango and Summer.
In December, Natalya challenged Paige for the NXT Women’s Championship, but lost the match. She was then named the number one contender for the Divas Championship, but would fail to win the title at TLC.
At Wrestlemania XXX, Natalya participated in the Vickie Guerrero Invitational Battle Royal for the WWE Divas Championship. The match was won by AJ Lee.
Throughout September, Natalya began acting as a mentor for Rosa Mendes, which led to a feud against The Slayers. Natalya and Mendes would suffer several defeats in tag team matches due to miscommunication. On the September 29th episode of RAW, Natalya and Tyson Kidd accompanied Rosa to the ring for her defeat to Layla. This led to the association between Natalya and Rosa Mendes being quietly forgotten about.
At Survivor Series, Natalya was a part of Alicia Fox’s team, they won the match with a clean sweep.
On the January 5th, 2015, episode of RAW, Natalya defeated WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella in a non-title match. After the match, Brie and Nikki attacked Natalya, until Paige appeared and made the save. This led to a tag team match between the two teams at the Royal Rumble, which was won by the Bella Twins.
The Brass Ring Club (2014-2015)
In mid-2014, Natalya and real-life husband Tyson Kidd’s relationship began being openly acknowledged on screen. Natalya would often provide the distraction for Kidd, allowing him to pick up victories. As part of the storyline, and to tie-in with the Total Divas footage of Natalya and Kidd having marriage difficulties, Kidd began an angle which saw him being disrespectful towards Natalya.
At Fastlane, Cesaro and Kidd won the WWE Tag Team Championships. The following night on RAW, they successfully defended the titles against The Usos, with help from Natalya, thus turning heel in the process. On the February 26th episode of Smackdown, Natalya defeated Naomi in a singles match to end the feud.
At the Wrestlemania 31 pre-show, Natalya accompanied Cesaro and Kidd as they retained their championships.
Natalya would continue by the side of Kidd and Cesaro, whilst competing in the occasional in-ring match, until the 7th June, when it was announced that Tyson Kidd had suffered a serious neck injury when taking a ‘Muscle Buster’ from Samoa Joe. Several weeks later, it was announced that Kidd would be out of action for over a year. This meant that Cesaro and Kidd would be inactive and Natalya would largely remain off television in order to aid in his recovery.
Natalya made her return to WWE TV after a three month absence, on the September 21st, 2015 episode of RAW, when she confronted Paige over her recent on-screen actions. Later that night, Natalya was defeated by Naomi. Over the next few weeks, the confrontations between Natalya nad Paige would continue, culminating in a match between the two on the October 5th episode of RAW, which was won by Natalya. On the October 15th episode of Smackdown, Natalya and Paige once again had a confrontation, and Natalya was attacked, but it wasn’t revealed who was responsible.
The end of October, saw Natalya enter a feud with Team B.A.D. after they had attacked her during a match with Paige. Natalya picked up wins over both Naomi and Tamina, before the feud was quietly ended.
In January 2016, it was revealed that Natalya had been working through a broken ankle, which had caused her absence from TV. She returned to TV on the January 18th episode of RAW, when she defeated Brie Bella. In a strange turn of events, Natalya was accompanied to the ring for this match by Paige.
On the March 22 episode of Main Event, Emma, alongside Summer Rae attacked Alicia Fox and Natalya during a match between Paige and Naomi. This aligned Emma and Summer with Naomi, Tamina and Lana, with the group calling themselves Team B.A.D. & Blonde.
The following week on RAW, Emma defeated Paige in her return match. After the match Team B.A.D. and Blonde once again attacked, this time however, Eva Marie evened up the sides, causing a 10-Diva Tag Team match to be set for Wrestlemania 32.
At Wrestlemania 32, the Total Divas defeated Team B.A.D. & Blonde, after Naomi tapped-out to Brie Bella’s Yes-Lock.
The following night on RAW, Natalya confronted Charlotte during her celebration and challenged her for the newly introduced WWE Women’s Championship. On the April 11 episode of RAW, that match took place, with Natalya failing to win the match.
At Payback, Charlotte defeated Natalya after referee Charles Robinson called for the bell with Natalya in the Sharpshooter, even though Natalya didn’t tap out. After the match, Natalya put Charlotte in the sharpshooter, whilst Bret did the same to Ric Flair.
On June 13, it was announced that Natalya would team with Becky Lynch to take on Charlotte and Dana Brooke at Money In The Bank.
At Money in the Bank, Natalya and Becky lost to Charlotte and Dana Brooke via pinfall after Charlotte hit the Natural Selection Natalya. After the match, Natalya turned her back on Becky and attacked her.
Natalya has appeared in seven WWE Video Games, her debut being WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2010. She has since appeared in WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2011, WWE 12, WWE 13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15 and WWE 2K16.
She has also been a full cast member of WWE reality TV show Total Divas.
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