Natalie Katherine Neidhart-Wilson (May 27, 1982) is a Canadian-American professional wrestler currently signed toWorld Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where she competes on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Natalya. She is a former SmackDown Women's Champion and a former Divas Champion.
Neidhart is a third-generation wrestler and member of the Hart wrestling family. She trained in the Hart family Dungeon under the tutelage of her uncles Ross and Bruce Hart. In 2000 and 2001, she worked for the Matrats promotion, before debuting for Stampede Wrestling in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, she wrestled abroad in both England and Japan. In June 2005, she became the inaugural Stampede Women's Pacific Championship, and won the SuperGirls Championship the following year in October 2006.
In January 2007, she signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to the Deep South Wrestling developmental territory, before wrestling in Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). While in FCW, she managed her cousin, DH Smith, and her boyfriend, TJ Wilson. She debuted on the main roster in April 2008 as Natalya, allying herself with Victoria. The following year, she moved to the ECW brand to manage the debuting Tyson Kidd. They were later joined by David Hart Smith to form The Hart Dynasty and moved to the SmackDown brand. In April 2010, The Hart Dynasty won the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship and were moved to the Raw brand. In September, Natalya began focusing on singles competition, which culminated in her winning the WWE Divas Championship in November. The following April, she returned to SmackDown as part of the 2011 supplemental draft.
Neidhart is the daughter of wrestler Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Ellie Hart, who is the daughter of Stu Hart, making Neidhart a third generation wrestler. She has two sisters; her older sister, Jennifer, is a gourmet chef and caterer, and Kristen (nicknamed "Muffy") is her younger sister. She is of Greek descent through a maternal great-grandmother. Neidhart cites her grandfather, Stu, and her uncle, Bret, as her inspirations, both in and out of the ring. As a member of the Hart wrestling family, she is a cousin to Harry Smith and Teddy, Matthew, and Michael Hart, who are all also professional wrestlers. She is close friends with Smith, and the two lived together for a short time as children while their fathers were wrestling as a team.
Neidhart attended Vincent Massey junior high school and Bishop Carroll High School, from which she graduated in 2000. Neidhart is trained in Jiu-Jitsu andamateur wrestling, and also participated in dance and gymnastics. She briefly worked a saleswoman for Kirby vacuum when she was eighteen.
Professional wrestling career
Training and early career (2000–2007)
Neidhart received formal professional wrestling training in the infamous Hart family "Dungeon" from her uncles Ross and Bruce Hart, becoming the first ever woman to do so. In addition to her professional wrestling career, Neidhart has received training in amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts. Neidhart is the first third-generation female wrestler in the world.
In late 2000 through 2001, she served as the host and ring announcer of the Eric Bischoff led youth-promotion MatRats. In 2003, she began working for the Hart Family's own promotion, Stampede Wrestling, beginning a long time feud with Belle Lovitz. The pair wrestled each other repeatedly, including a match for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance, where Neidhart teamed with her father, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, against Lovtiz and Apocalypse. In 2004, however, Neidhart and Lovitz formed a tag team, wrestling several intergender matches against The Meyers Brothers as well as against Anna and Ma Myers.
Neidhart also began wrestling abroad. In mid-2004 she accepted bookings for a tour in England, and in March 2005, started on a two-month tour of Japan where she used the name Nadia Hart. When she returned to Canada she promptly turned into a heel character, announcing that "Nasty Nattie" had been born. On June 17, 2005 she defeated Anna Marie, Lovitz, and Ma Myers in a four-way match to become the first Stampede Women's Pacific Championship, though she later vacated the championship. In November 2005, Neidhart damaged her cruciate ligament while wrestling in Japan, and underwent surgery in early 2006. She was sidelined for six months while she recovered.
On October 8, 2006, Neidhart won the SuperGirls Championship from Lisa Moretti at a Big Time Wrestling show held by NWA: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling in Newark, California. She held the championship for 19 days, before losing it to Nikki Matthews on October 27 in Surrey, British Columbia. Also in October 2006, she debuted in the all-female promotion, Shimmer Women Athletes. She lost to Sara Del Rey at the tapings of Volume 7, but defeated "The Portuguese Princess" Ariel at the Volume 8 tapings. The following month she competed in the tournament to determine Great Canadian Wrestling's inaugural W.I.L.D. Champion, and defeated Danyah and Aurora en route to the final, where she lost to Sirelda. She had her last match for Stampede Wrestling on January 26, 2007, after she had signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), defeating Veronika Vice. During the show, she also gave a speech thanking the fans for their support.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Development territories (2007–2008)
On January 5, 2007, Upon signing she was assigned to their developmental territory Deep South Wrestling for the first half of the year, competing against wrestlers including Krissy Vaine and Angel Williams. She was briefly transferred to Florida Championship Wrestling when it opened in June, and then moved to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), debuting in a dark match at the television tapings on July 18, 2007, where she won a battle royal. She debuted the next week as a member of the Next Generation Hart Foundation, accompanying her cousins Teddy Hart and Harry Smith for tag team matches. In September, she and the rest of the Hart Foundation were moved back to FCW. Initially, Neidhart formed an alliance with Victoria Crawford to take on The Bella Twins, but in 2008, the pair began competing against one another, either in singles matches or in tag team matches with various partners. She continued to make appearances in FCW in late 2008, after debuting on SmackDown, and managed TJ Wilson and DH Smith (Harry Smith) to the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship on October 30.
The Hart Dynasty (2008–2010)
She made her main roster debut as a villain, under the name Natalya Neidhart (later shortened to just Natalya) on the April 4, 2008 episode of SmackDown!, coming out of the crowd to aid Victoria in an attack on Michelle McCool and Cherry. Her televised in-ring debut came three weeks later, in a win over Cherry. When SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced the creation of the WWE Divas Championship on June 6, Natalya was the first Diva to qualify for the championship match. At The Great American Bash on July 20, however, Natalya lost the match to determine the inaugural champion to McCool. For the rest of the year she competed mainly in tag team matches, sporadically wrestling singles matches.
While still a member of the SmackDown brand, she made her debut for the ECW brand, via the talent exchange agreement, on February 10, 2009, managing her real life boyfriend Tyson Kidd (TJ Wilson). In her ECW in-ring debut, on the March 3 episode, Natalya defeated Alicia Fox. On April 5, Neidhart competed in a Divas battle royal at WrestleMania XXV, but the match was won by Santina Marella. On April 15 Natalya was made an official member of the ECW brand, when she was drafted there as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft. On the May 12 episode of ECW, Kidd and Natalya were joined by her real-life cousin David Hart Smith, forming The Hart Dynasty, although it was originally called The Hart Trilogy.
On June 29, 2009, Natalya was traded back to SmackDown along with the other members of The Hart Dynasty. Natalya's first match back for the brand was in a six-person mixed tag team match on the July 17 episode, when The Hart Dynasty defeated Cryme Tyme (JTG and Shad Gaspard) and Eve Torres. Natalya, Kidd, and Smith went on to feud with Torres and Cryme Tyme, with Natalya also facing Torres in singles matches and tag team matches involving other Divas. Natalya was on the winning team when the SmackDown Divas defeated the Raw Divas at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view in October. On December 4, Natalya lost in a triple threat match to determine to number one contender for the WWE Women's Championship after she was pinned by Mickie James. The match also involved Beth Phoenix.
Natalya, along with the other Hart Dynasty members, appeared at WrestleMania XXVI, helping her uncle Bret Hart during his match against Vince McMahon, turning them into faces as a result. On April 26, The Hart Dynasty won the Unified Tag Team Championship from The Miz and The Big Show. The following day, as part of the 2010 WWE Supplemental Draft, Natalya was drafted to the Raw brand, along with Kidd and Smith. On the May 24, 2010 episode of Raw, all three members of The Hart Dynasty were attacked by The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) and Tamina, who were making their debuts. This provoked a feud between the trios, with The Hart Dynasty attacking The Usos and Tamina the following week in retaliation. At the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view in June, Natalya and The Hart Dynasty defeated Tamina and The Uso Brothers in a six-person mixed tag team match, when Natalya pinned Tamina following a discus clothesline. At the next pay-per-view, Money in the Bank, Natalya helped The Hart Dynasty to retain the championship against The Usos by stopping Tamina from interfering in the match, ending the feud. In September, at Night of Champions, The Hart Dynasty lost the Tag Team Championship in a Tag Team Turmoil match.
Divas Champion (2010–2011)
On the September 27 episode of Raw, Natalya won a battle royal to become the number one contender to the WWE Unified Divas Championship, and began feuding with self-professed co-Divas Champions Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool and Layla). On the October 1 episode of SmackDown, Natalya won an eight-Diva tag team match for her team when she made Maryse submit. At the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on October 3, she defeated Michelle McCool via disqualification in a match for the championship, which meant that McCool retained the championship. She received another championship match three weeks later at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view, where she lost to Layla after McCool interfered. On the November 1 episode of Raw, she once again became number one contender to the Unified Divas Championship after defeating Michelle McCool in a non-title match. The Hart Dynasty split on November 15 after weeks of tension, when Kidd attacked Smith.
At the Survivor Series pay-per-view on November 21, Natalya defeated McCool and Layla in a two-on-one handicap match to win the WWE Divas Championship for the first time. After the match she was attacked by Lay-Cool until Beth Phoenix came to her aid, with the pair forming an alliance. On the December 6 edition of Raw, Natalya defeated Melina in a non-title match, and was later attacked by LayCool after the match ended. At the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, Natalya and Phoenix defeated Lay-Cool in the first Diva's Tag Team Tables match in WWE history. The following night on Raw, Natalya was on commentary while Melina defeated Eve Torres and Alicia Fox in a #1 Contender's Match, and entered the ring to congratulate Melina on her victory, only to be slapped by Melina, who turned heel in the process. The two fought for the title on the January 24, 2011 edition of Raw, and the result saw Natalya victorious over Melina. Natalya was scheduled to defend her championship against Lay-Cool in a two-on-one handicap match at the Royal Rumble, but the match was changed to a fatal four-way, also involving Eve. Eve went on to pin Layla and become the new Divas Champion. On the February 14 edition of Raw, Natalya failed to recapture the title in a Lumberjill Match against Eve.
On April 26, Natalya was drafted back to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2011 supplemental draft. In her return match for the brand, she was defeated by then Divas Champion Brie Bella in singles competition. In May, Natalya began acting as the on-screen mentor to the Chickbusters (AJ and Kaitlyn), giving them advice and managing them during their matches. Natalya and the Chickbusters feuded with Alicia Fox, Tamina, and Rosa Mendes throughout mid-2011.
Heel Turn and Divas of Doom (2011-2012)
On the August 1 edition of Raw, Natalya competed in a Divas battle royal to determinate the number one contender to Kelly Kelly's Divas Championship at SummerSlam, which was ultimately won by Phoenix; Phoenix turned heel afterwards, when she attacked Kelly and stated stating that the days of the "perky blonde little bimbo" were over. Four days later on SmackDown, Natalya faced her protégé AJ in singles competition in a winning effort, and also turned heel after brutally attacking AJ post-match and aligning herself with Phoenix. Natalya and Phoenix officially debuted together as "The Divas of Doom" on the August 12 edition of SmackDown defeating the Chickbusters, who they continued to assault after the match. At SummerSlam Axxess on the following day, the evil Natalya competed in a losing effort against AJ in a singles match. The two started a feud with Alicia Fox, Eve Torres, and Kelly Kelly and on the August 30 SuperSmackDown, defeated Fox and Kelly in a tag team match. On October 2 at Hell in a Cell, Natalya helped Phoenix defeat Kelly to win her first Divas Championship, after Natalya hit Kelly with the microphone. On the October 17 edition of Raw, Natalya was accompanied by Phoenix on commentary in a match against Eve Torres who was accompanied by Kelly Kelly in a losing effort. At Survivor Series, Natalya accompanied Beth Phoenix to a successful Lumberjill Divas Championship match against Eve Torres. On January 29, 2012, at the Royal Rumble, the Divas of Doom and the Bella Twins defeated Alicia Fox, Eve, Kelly Kelly, and Tamina in an eight diva tag team match. Towards the end of her run with Phoenix, Natalya was involved in an infamous angle where she had a problem with flatulence, but this was not well received by fans. The angle ended on the March 2 edition of SmackDown, where Natalya was defeated by Eve Torres. Natalya and Phoenix then quietly ended their alliance, with Natalya turning tweener, and on the March 22 edition of Superstars, Natalya teamed up with Tamina Snuka in a losing effort to Eve and Phoenix.
In April, Natalya started occasionally appearing on NXT Redemption, defeating her former protégé Kaitlyn via submission while Tyson Kidd on commentary, doing so after Natalya turned heel during the match. On the April 25 edition of NXT Redemption, Natalya continued portraying a heel and began a feud with Kaitlyn when she thought Kaitlyn was flirting with Kidd, which lead to a diva tag team match with Maxine against Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka in a losing effort. On the June 13 edition of NXT Redemption, Natalya was defeated by Kaitlyn in singles competition. On the July 12 edition of WWE Superstars, Natalya reunited with Beth Phoenix as they teamed together in a losing effort against her rival Kaitlyn and Alicia Fox after Kaitlyn pinned Phoenix. On July 15 at Money in the Bank, Natalya, Beth Phoenix, and Eve Torres were defeated by Kaitlyn, Layla, and Tamina Snuka in a six-diva tag team match. On the August 20 Raw, Natalya competed in a number one contender Divas battle royal for the Divas Championship, but was inadvertently eliminated by Tamina Snuka. After a twitter war against Kaitlyn, the two squared off in singles competition on the August 31 edition of SmackDown, in which Natalya was unsuccessful in winning the match, thus ending their feud.
Face Turn; Various Feuds (2012-2013)
On the November 2 edition of SmackDown, Natalya appeared backstage watching The Great Khali defeat David Otunga in his return match, and would afterwards thank Khali for defeating him, beginning a relationship between the two and a face turn for Natalya. On the December 6 edition of WWE Superstars, Rosa Mendes attacked Hornswoggle with a bouquet of flowers as a measure of revenge for an incident the previous month on Raw, but was in turn assaulted by Natalya. On the December 7 edition of SmackDown, Natalya accompanied Khali and Hornswoggle, where they defeated Mendes' allies, Primo and Epico. During the match, Natalya once again assaulted Mendes. On December 16, during the pre-show TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Natalya participated in a "Santa's Little Helpers" battle royal, which was won by Naomi. On the January 4, 2013 edition of SmackDown, Natalya teamed up with Khali and Hornswoggle to defeat Mendes, Epico and Primo in a mixed-tag-team match. On the January 25 edition of SmackDown!, Natalya defeated Mendes in a singles match via submission after a distraction from Hornswoggle.
In April, Natalya was involved in a storyline where a secret admirer would send gifts to Divas Champion Kaitlyn; Natalya would have Khali go under cover to try and find Kaitlyn's admirer. On the May 27 edition of Raw in her home town of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Natalya (who was celebrating her birthday) teamed up with Kaitlyn in a losing effort to The Bella Twins in tag-team action when Brie pinned Natalya after Kaitlyn inadvertently speared Natalya. Natalya faced off against Divas Champion AJ Lee due her dislike of AJ's recent acts of humiliation against Kaitlyn and her disrespect of the entire Divas division on June 21 edition of SmackDown, where Lee emerged victorious after Lee forced her to submit to the Black Widow. Natalya once again faced off against Divas Champion AJ Lee in a non-title match on the June 28 SmackDown, where Natalya emerged victorious following the distraction by Kaitlyn.
Total Divas; Managing Kidd and Cesaro (2013-2015)
Following the debut of Total Divas, Natalya began a feud with the Bella Twins on the July 29 edition of Raw, after they called themselves the stars of the Divas Division and Natalya an "ugly duckling". Later that night, Natalya faced Brie Bella in a losing effort due to a distraction from her sister Nikki. On the August 12 edition of Raw, Natalya and Khali defeated AJ Lee and Big E Langston in a mixed-tag team match, with Natalya submitting the Divas Champion for the win. Six days later at SummerSlam, Natalya, with The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) in her corner, defeated Brie Bella via submission, who had Eva Marie and Nikki Bella in her corner, in a singles match.
AJ interrupted the celebration over Brie Bella's victory in a rematch against Natalya on August 26, 2013 on Raw, cutting a worked shoot promo on the cast of Total Divas. On the following episode of Raw, AJ interfered in a triple threat match between Natalya, Naomi, and Brie Bella, which was to determine the #1 contender for her Divas Championship, leading to the match being stopped and her getting beat down afterwards. Later that night, Stephanie McMahon announced that AJ would defend her Divas Championship in a fatal four-way match against Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella at Night of Champions. At Night of Champions, Natalya was unsuccessful in winning the title, after being forced to tap to the Black Widow by AJ. On the October 7 episode of Raw, Natalya teamed with rookie divas JoJo and Eva Marie in a winning effort against Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, and Aksana in a six diva tag-team match. On the October 11 episode of Smackdown!, Natalya teamed with Kaitlyn and Eva Marie in a losing effort to The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) and Brie Bella, with Naomi pinning Kaitlyn in a six Diva tag team match.
Alongside long-time ally The Great Khali, she would enter a feud with Fandango and Summer Rae, leading to a mixed tag match between the two duos at Hell in a Cell, where she and Khali lost. The next night on Raw however, she would defeat Summer in singles competition. On the November 1 edition of SmackDown, she would team with the Bella Twins to defeat WWE Divas Champion AJ, Tamina Snuka and Alicia Fox, with Natalya forcing AJ to submit to the Sharpshooter. On the November 4 episode of Raw, Natalya continued her winning streak, teaming with her husband Tyson Kidd to defeat Fandango and Summer Rae. On the November 13th edition of Main Event, Natalya would challenge WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee for the title, picking up a win due to disqualification, after Tamina Snuka interfered. Two days later on SmackDown, Natalya defeated Tamina via submission. At Survivor Series, Natalya and Nikki Bella were the Sole Survivors in a 7-on-7 Divas Elimination Match after Natalya made AJ submit to the Sharpshooter. The next night on Raw, Natalya was eliminated by AJ in a rematch from Survivor Series, which the Total Divas also won.
In December, Natalya unsuccessfully challenged Paige for the NXT Women's Championship. After pinning AJ again in a six-Diva tag team match on Raw, Natalya was named number one contender to the WWE Divas Championship, but failed to capture the title at Tables, Ladders and Chairs. In April 2014, at WrestleMania XXX, Natalya was a participant in the Divas Championship Invitational match, in which AJ retained the championship. In May, Natalya was entered into a tournament to determine the new NXT Women's Champion. She defeated Layla and Sasha Banks en route to the final at NXT TakeOver, in which she lost to Charlotte.
In late 2014, Natalya entered a storyline with her real-life husband Tyson Kidd, in which their relationship was openly acknowledged on-screen. She regularly accompanied Kidd to the ring, where he often used her as a distraction to win his matches. In November, Natalya was part of Alicia Fox's team at Survivor Series; the team was victorious in a clean sweep. At Fast Lane on February 22, 2015, Natalya was at ringside as Kidd and Cesaro defeated The Usos to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship.
The following night on Raw, Natalya interfered during a rematch for the titles, resulting in The Usos winning via disqualification and Kidd and Cesaro retaining. As a result, Natalya turned heel in solidarity with the duo, and she would go on to defeat Naomi in singles action four days later on SmackDown, but she was pinned by Naomi in a six-person tag team match on the March 2 edition of Raw. Natalya continued portraying a heel on the March 5 edition of SmackDown, when she tripped up El Torito, allowing Kidd and Cesaro to defeat Los Matadores. Natalya would turn face once again, along with Kidd and Cesaro, due to their feud with The New Day, who became heels en route to defeating Kidd and Cesaro for the tag titles.
Various storylines (2015-2016)
After a three-month absence from television due to Tyson Kidd's spinal injury, Natalya made her return on the September 21, 2015 episode of Raw, as a face, confronting the villainous Paige over her actions during Charlotte's WWE Divas Championship celebration. Later that evening, she was defeated by Naomi in a singles match. After multiple confrontations between the two, Natalya would defeat Paige on the October 5 episode of Raw. Three days later, onSmackdown, Natalya teamed with Charlotte and Becky Lynch and the three defeated Team Bella (Alicia Fox, Brie and Nikki Bella). On the October 15 episode ofSmackdown, while Paige saved Charlotte and Becky from an attack by Team Bella, Natalya, after a backstage altercation with Paige, would be attacked. In the end of October, Natalya started a feud with Team B.A.D. (Naomi, Tamina and Sasha Banks), after the three distracted her during her match with Paige, and attacked her, but Natalya went on to gain revenge over the team by defeating Naomi and Tamina in two singles matches before the feud quietly ended.
In January 2016, Natalya revealed that she had been working through a broken ankle, which was mistaken for a simple sprain and after two months of inactivity, she made her official return during a live event on January 3. Few weeks later, Natalya returned to WWE television, on the January 18 episode of Raw, where she defeated Brie Bella, with her former rival Paige in her corner. Upon her return, Natalya started competing in various singles and tag team matches, ending on both winning and losing sides. On March 12, at Roadblock, Natalya unsuccessfully challenged Charlotte for the Divas Championship.
On the March 22 episode of Main Event, alongside Alicia Fox she accompanied Paige to her match against Naomi, accompanied by Tamina and Lana. Later in the match, she and Fox were viciously attacked by Summer Rae and a returning Emma, distracting Paige as they aligned themselves with Lana and Team B.A.D. The following week, she along with Brie Bella and Fox accompanied Paige to her match against Emma on the March 28 episode of Raw, where she was defeated after Lana attacked Paige. Post-match, she along with her allies were attacked by Emma, Summer, Lana, Tamina and Naomi, before they were saved by a returning Eva Marie. As a result, a 10-Diva tag team match between the Total Divas team (Brie, Fox, Natalya, Eva and Paige) and the newly dubbed team B.A.D. & Blonde (Naomi, Tamina, Lana, Emma, and Rae) was announced for the WrestleMania 32's pay-per-view pre-show. At the event on April 3, Natalya's team won after Naomi submitted to Brie Bella. After confronting Charlotte during her championship celebration the following night, she challenged Charlotte to a championship match on the April 11 episode of Raw, in which she was unsuccessful in capturing the WWE Women's Championship. On the April 18 episode of Raw, Natalya confronted Charlotte during an interview and revealed that Shane McMahon had booked them in a rematch for the Women's Championship at Payback and that her uncle Bret Hart will be at her corner. At the event, she was defeated after match referee Charles Robinson, ended the match as Charlotte held her in the Sharpshooter submission hold, Natalya's signature finishing move, even though she had not submitted making reference to the infamous "shoot screwjob" the Montreal Screwjob. After the match, both Natalya and Hart applied their finishing maneuver the Sharpshooter on Charlotte and Ric Flair, respectively. The following month at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, she was once again defeated by Charlotte in a submission match in which Ric Flair was banned from ringside, however, she was helped by Dana Brooke while dressed as Flair allowing Charlotte to get the victory.
On June 19 at Money In The Bank, Natalya teamed with Becky Lynch in a losing effort against Charlotte and Dana Brooke. After the match, Natalya turned on Lynch and attacked her, turning into a villainess in the process. Followed by multiple continuous attacks between both women, it was announced that they would face off on July 24 at Battleground. At the event, she defeated Lynch
After being drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2016 WWE Draft Lottery which took place on July 19, Natalya made her first appearance for the brand on July 26, where she was defeated by Becky Lynch. On the August 2 episode of SmackDown, Natalya attacked Carmella, which led to a match on the August 9 episode of SmackDown, in which Carmella was victorious. The following week on the August 16 episode of SmackDown, Natalya teamed with Alexa Bliss in a losing effort to the team of Carmella, and Becky Lynch, after a distraction provided by Eva Marie, and Naomi, one day later, a six-woman tag team match was announced for SummerSlam between Natalya, Bliss, and Marie against Naomi, Lynch, and Carmella, but following Marie's suspension on August 18, her place was taken by the returning Nikki Bella, and Natalya's team would ultimately win the match at the pay-per-view. At Backlash, on September 11, Natalya competed in a six-pack elimination challenge to determine the inaugural WWE SmackDown Women's Champion, where she would eliminate Naomi before being eliminated by Nikki Bella.
Later that month on the October 25 episode of SmackDown, Natalya demanded to be the team captain of the SmackDown women's team at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, but was defeated by Nikki Bella for the spot, and was instead appointed as the team coach by SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon. At Survivor Series, she ended up replacing team captain Nikki Bella against Team Raw in a losing effort after Bella was attacked by an unknown villainess moments before the match. At the TLC pay-per-view, Carmella stated that she was not Nikki Bella's attacker at Survivor Series, but that it was her fellow Total Divas co-star Natalya. After weeks of denying these accusations, on the December 20 episode of SmackDown, after Carmella again revealed more secrets about Natalya to Nikki Bella, Natalya would attack Carmella then admit to attacking Nikki at Survivor Series, revealing her pent-up jealousy of her success for years. Nikki would call out Natalya on the January 3 episode of SmackDown, calling her the nothing of the Hart family, and would attack Natalya after she tells Nikki she is going to die alone. They would compete in a match on the January 10 episode of SmackDown, but the match would not officially start when the two would brawl it out, with referees coming to break them up. At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Natalya competed in a six-woman tag team match alongside Alexa Bliss and Mickie James against Nikki Bella, Naomi, and Becky Lynch, however her team was on the losing end after Naomi pinned Bliss. On the January 31 episode of SmackDown, the SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that Natalya will face Nikki Bella in singles competition at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, which ended in a double count-out at the event. The two were set to finally end their feud in a Falls Count Anywhere match on the February 21, 2017 edition of SmackDown Live, which Natalya won.
On April 16, 2018 Natalya was drafted to Raw as part of the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up . There she formed an alliance with her friend and trainee Ronda Rousey. On May 21 Natalya defeated Dana Brooke, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan in a Fatal Four-Way Money in the Bank qualifying match. At Money in the Bank 2018, Natalya was unable to capture the Money In The Bank contract as it was won by Alexa Bliss.
At SummerSlam 2018, Natalya returned after taking a personal leave due to her father recently passing away and wore her father's jacket during her entrance as a tribute to him. She watched as her friend Rousey defeated Alexa Bliss to become the new WWE Raw Women's Champion.
The Raw after Hell in a Cell 2018,in a backstage segment Ronda asked Natalya and The Bella Twins how to do an open challenge. Later on in the night, Ronda issued an open challenge for her Women's Championship. Natalya initially accepted the challenge but was attacked backstage by The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan) Natalya was beaten, injured and dragged onto the stage. The following Raw, Natalya teamed with The Bella Twins in a match against the Riott Squad but were defeated after Natalya took a Riott Kick from Ruby Riott. The Bellas & Rousey defeated The Riott Squad at Super Show-Down 2018.
The Raw after Super Show-Down. The Bellas turned on Rousey. Off-camera, Natalya comforted the shocked and injured Rousey after she was laid out by The Bellas. The following week, Natalya competed against Ruby Riott in a singles match accompanied by Bayley and Sasha Banks. Natalya had Riott locked in the Sharpshooter before Sarah Logan chop blocked her knee resulting in Natalya winning the match via DQ. It was then announced that at Evolution 2018 Natalya would team with Banks and Bayley against the Riott Squad. At Evolution, Natalya's team defeated the Riott Squad.
The Raw after Evolution, Natalya teammed with Banks, Bayley, Lita and Trish Stratus in a 10 women tag team match against The Riott Squad, Mickie James and Alicia Fox. Natalya picked up the win for her team after making Fox submit to the Sharposhooter. The following week Natalya teamed with Bayley and Sasha Banks once again to face The Riott Squad in an Evolution rematch where the winners get a spot on the Raw women's Survivor Series team at Survivor Series 2018. The match ended in a no-contest after Ruby Riott destroyed Natalya's father's glasses she wore in honor of him. Alexa Bliss was chosen by acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin as the team captain Raw women's Survivor Series team to which Alexa would be tasked with selecting five women to be on the team. Alexa selected Nia Jax, Tamina, Mickie James, Ruby Riott and Natalya. However, Ruby Riott and Natalya would get into a fight before Survivor Series to which Alexa removed them from the women's Survivor Series team. The next night on Raw Natalya defeated Ruby in a singles match.
Natalya has appeared in eight WWE video games. She made her in-game debut at WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 and appears in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, WWE 12, WWE 13 (DLC), WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17.
Neidhart has known TJ Wilson since she was 12 years old, and they began dating in November 2001. The pair married on June 26, 2013. Their wedding was featured on the first season of Total Divas. She owns a home in Calgary, but resides in Tampa, Florida with Wilson.
On October 1, 2016, Neidhart had her two front teeth knocked out during a house show match in Las Vegas.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Backbreaker submission
- Bow and arrow stretch
- Canadian backbreaker rack
- Fireman's carry takeover
- Handstand kip-up
- Michinoku Driver II
- Alabama Slam
- Running stomp to a seated opponent's back, followed by a low front dropkick to the opponent's face
- Rear naked choke
- Slingshot atomic drop
- Pin-Up Strong (Modified inverted surfboard with double wrist lock)
- Wrenching abdominal stretch, sometimes transitioned into a chin lock
- Wrestlers managed
- "The Anvilette"
- "Nattie by Nature"
- "The Fiery Third-Generation Diva"
- "The Queen of Harts"
- "The Dungeon Diva"
- "The Best There Is, The Best There Was, And The Best There Ever Will Be"
- Tag Teams
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked her #19 in the 2008 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #25 in the 2009 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #29 in the 2010 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #4 in the 2011 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #12 in the 2012 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #13 in the 2013 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #9 in the 2014 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #19 in the 2015 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #7 in the 2016 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #7 in the 2017 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #20 in the 2018 PWI Top 100 Females
- PWI ranked her #7 in the 2019 PWI Top 100 Females
- Stampede Wrestling
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- Hart family
- Hart House (Alberta)
- TJ Wilson
- David Hart Smith
- The Hart Dynasty
- Bret Hart
- Jim Neidhart
- British Bulldog
|2009 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Mickie James • Angelina Love • Melina • MsChif • Tara • Awesome Kong • Beth Phoenix • Michelle McCool • Maryse • Taylor Wilde • Sara Del Rey • Cheerleader Melissa • Gail Kim • Mercedes Martinez • ODB • Daizee Haze • Sarita • Daffney • Madison Rayne • Katie Lea Burchill • Nikki Roxx • Angel Orsini • Velvet Sky • Sojo Bolt • Natalya • Rain • Amber O'Neal • Jillian Hall • Jetta • Lufisto • Madison Eagles • Nevaeh • Wesna Busic • Kelly Kelly • Portia Perez • Danyah • Ariel • Jennifer Blake • Nicole Matthews • Serena Deeb • Allison Danger • Malia Hosaka • Lexie Fyfe • Jamie D • Amy Lee • Annie Social • April Hunter • Cherry Bomb • Jessie McKay • Rosa Mendes|
|2010 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Michelle McCool • Angelina Love • Mercedes Martinez • Cheerleader Melissa • Eve Torres • Madison Rayne • Beth Phoenix • Mickie James • MsChif • Maryse • Tara • Sara Del Rey • Gail Kim • Awesome Kong • Madison Eagles • Sarita • Alicia Fox • Taylor Wilde • Daffney • Hamada • Velvet Sky • ODB • Nikki Roxx • Jillian • Portia Perez • Kelly Kelly • Rain • Angel Orsini • Natalya • Serena Deeb • Nicole Matthews • Amber O'Neal • LuFisto • Daizee Haze • Allison Danger • Layla • Kellie Skater • Tiffany • Jennifer Blake • Jazz • Melissa Coates • Cat Power • Malia Hosaka • Cherry Bomb • April Hunter • Jessicka Havok • Brittany Force • Naomi Night • Cindy Rogers • Roxie Cotton|
|2011 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Madison Eagles • Mercedes Martinez • Mickie James • Natalya • Madison Rayne • Cheerleader Melissa • Beth Phoenix • Tara • MsChif • Sara Del Rey • Eve Torres • Angelina Love • Layla • Sarita • Kelly Kelly • Serena Deeb • Velvet Sky • Ayako Hamada • LuFisto • Winter • Brie Bella • Angel Orsini • Melina • Daizee Haze • Nikki Roxx • Gail Kim • Jazz • Maryse • Christina Von Eerie • Portia Perez • Rosita • ODB • Nicole Matthews • Rachel Summerlyn • Jessicka Havok • Brittany Force • Kellie Skater • Tina San Antonio • Melanie Cruise • Cherry Bomb • Sassy Stephie • Tasha Simone • Alicia Fox • Amber O'Neal • Allison Danger • Kacee Carlisle • Brittney Savage • AJ Lee • Melissa Coates • Jessica James|
|2015 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Nikki Bella • Paige • Sasha Banks • Santana Garrett • Gail Kim • Charlotte • Naomi • Cherry Bomb • Courtney Rush • Taryn Terrell • Bayley • Brie Bella • Sexy Star • Cheerleader Melissa • Lufisto • Nicole Matthews • Becky Lynch • Kimber Lee • Natalya • Jessicka Havok • Awesome Kong • Candice LeRae • Brooke • Athena • Ivelisse • Jade • Madison Rayne • Leva Bates • Barbi Hayden • Angelina Love • Emma • Saraya Knight • Veda Scott • Velvet Sky • Madison Eagles • Kay Lee Ray • Marti Belle • Kellie Skater • Nikki Storm • Evie • Heidi Lovelace • Tessa Blanchard • Portia Perez • Alicia Fox • Cat Power • Crazy Mary Dobson • Xandra Bale • La Rosa Negra • Malia Hosaka • Vanessa Kraven|
|2016 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Charlotte Flair • Sasha Banks • Asuka • Becky Lynch • Bayley • Jade • Natalya • Gail Kim • Sexy Star • Sienna • Ivelisse • Madison Eagles • Nicole Savoy • Rosemary • Allie • Nicole Matthews • Kimber Lee • Candice LeRae • Paige • Heidi Lovelace • Evie • Cheerleader Melissa • Nia Jax • Santana Garrett • Naomi • Dana Brooke • Madison Rayne • Kay Lee Ray • Alexa Bliss • Lufisto • Amber Gallows • Marti Belle • Emma • Taylor Made • Vanessa Kraven • Su Yung • Ember Moon • Tessa Blanchard • Jessicka Havok • Shayna Baszler • Crazy Mary Dobson • Malia Hosaka • Thunder Rosa • Carmella • KC Spinelli • Veda Scott • Jessica James • Xandra Bale • Kaitlin Diemond • Eva Marie|
|2017 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Asuka • Charlotte Flair • Alexa Bliss • Sasha Banks • Bayley • Io Shirai • Natalya • Sienna • Naomi • Kairi Sane • Mercedes Martinez • Shayna Baszler • Rosemary • LuFisto • Mayu Iwantani • Mia Yim • Allie • Ember Moon • Becky Lynch • Madison Eagles • Nicole Savoy • Nia Jax • Candice LeRae • Toni Storm • Hiroyo Matsumoto • Chelsea Green • Saraya Knight • Shazza McKenzie • Kay Lee Ray • Mickie James • Dakota Kai • Nicole Matthews • Alex Windsor • Deonna Purrazzo • Abbey Laith • Risa Sera • Viper • Carmella • Ruby Riot • Nikki Cross • Vanessa Kraven • Santana Garrett • Tessa Blanchard • Arisa Nakajima • Lady Lory • Shotzi Blackheart • Veda Scott • Alpha Female • Marti Belle • Zoey Skye|