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Jimmy Hart


Real Name - James Raymond Hart
Birthdate - 1/1/44
Memphis, TN

Athletic Background - none

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional BackgroundMemphis(`77; `79-`86), WWF(`86-`93), USWA(`92), New Japan(`93), WCW(`94-`02), XWF(`01), Indies(`01-), TNA(`05)

Aliases - none

Peak Years - 1981 - 1989

GroupsFirst Family (Memphis), Hart Foundation, Dungeon of Doom, First Family (WCW)

WrestlersAbdullah the Butcher, Adrian Adonis, The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass), Norvell Austin, Ox Baker, Barbarian, Ron Bass, Bruise Brothers (Troy Graham & Porkchop Cash), Brutus Beefcake, Big Boss Man, Big Bubba, Dino Bravo, Jack Brisco, King Kong Bundy, Pork Chop Cash, Dennis Condrey, Dangerous Danny Davis, Chic Dononvan, Dream Machine, Bobby Eaton, Paul Ellering, Daniel Evans, Faces of Fear (Meng & Barbarian), Wayne Ferris, Ric Flair, Jerry Flynn, Plowboy Frazier, Funk Brothers (Terry & Hoss [Dory Jr.]), The Giant, Eddie Gilbert, Glamour Girls (Lelani Kai & Judy Martin), Superstar Billy Graham, The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony), Johnny Grunge, Ian Harrison, Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart), J.R. Hart [Kenny Shane], Ali Hassan, Heartbreakers, Hulk Hogan, Honkytonk Man, Austin Idol, Iron Sheik, Masao Ito, Rufus R. Jones, Kamala, Kid Kash, Andy Kaufman, Konnan, Killer Karl Krupp, Stan Lane, Larry Latham, Jerry Lawler, Jos LeDuc, Lex Luger, Mabel, Man Mountain Link, Dutch Mantel, Mad Maxx, Masked Super Destroyer [Bill Dromo], Super-Steve McColl, Bugsy McGraw, Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & IRS), Hugh Morrus, The Mountie, Kendo Nagasaki, Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Saggs), Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon), The Naturals (Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas), New York Dolls (Rick McGraw and Troy Graham), Nightmares (Danny Davis & Ken Wayne), Ken Patera, Lanny Poffo, Tommy Rich, Dewey Robertson, Rick Rude, Sabu the Wildman [Cocoa Samoa] Randy Savage, Kevin Sullivan (Taskmaster), Sweet Brown Sugar [Koko Ware], Sweet Daddy O, Jon "Terminator" Tamm, Greg Valentine, Jimmy Valiant, Vapor (Keiji Sakoda), Jesse Ventura, Koko Ware, Tojo Yamamoto

Place in HistoryJimmy Hart is one of the most distinctive managers of the age of the WWF's national expansion. Before pro-wrestling, Hart was a successful musician with his high school band, The Gentrys, who had a hit single in the 1960s. While he was at home in Memphis in between tours, Jimmy Hart began doing promotional work for Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler. Although he had been successful before pro-wrestling, Hart jumped headlong into pro-wrestling and became the top heel in the company for the first half of the 1980s. Hart was like a cross between Lou Albano and Ernie Roth as a fast-talker who hardly weighed one hundred pounds. His "Mouth of the South" character became known in the WWF for his signature megaphone and jackets showing his latest charge. In Memphis, Jimmy Hart managed Jerry Lawler and when Lawler broke his leg in a pick-up football game, Jimmy Hart turned on him and became a hot property. In the early 1980s, Jimmy Hart established himself as one of the premier managers of the day. As Memphis's answer to Bobby Heenan, Hart was arguably the top heel from the time he turned on Lawler until he left the promotion for the WWF. His most famous angle was the running feud between Lawler and comedian Andy Kaufman. However, Hart reached another level on the national stage in the WWF. During the bulk of his tenure in the WWF, Hart mainly managed midcard talent and only had one charge pursue top star Hulk Hogan. Eventually, Hart ended up managing Hogan during his 1993 comeback in the WWF. The following year, Hogan and Hart jumped to WCW and they enjoyed a big run. Eventually, Hart turned on Hogan and joined up with Kevin Sullivan's conquest to end Hulkamania. The storyline never quite took, although it was the backdrop for introducing The Giant (Paul Wight) who became Hart's most successful charge. WCW was growing rapidly, but Hart was left in the dust as an on-screen talent. Behind the scenes, he continued to be involved in theme music and eventually booking WCW Saturday Night when the cruiserweight was enjoyed a mild rebirth. Shortly after that, WCW closed and Hart was quick to rally talent to start a new group, the XWF, based out of Florida. It never took and Hart worked with Jerry Lawler to resurrect "Memphis wrestling" with a degree of success.