(b. 1943) is a Professional Wrestling
manager, promoter and official from Jackson, MS best known for his work in Memphis and WWE
in the 1980s and later in WCW
in the 1990s. After a brief career in music as a member of the Gentrys, who had a 1965 hit with "Keep on Dancing," he started in the wrestling business in 1974. He was a top Heel
manager in Memphis into the mid-1980s as the leader of his Power Stable
the First Family. He debuted in WWE in 1985 as the manager for Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
before "Luscious" Johnny Valiant took over as the manager of the Dream Team (Valentine and Brutus Beefcake
.) Hart was in King Kong Bundy
's corner for his famous Squash
of SD Jones at the first WrestleMania
on March 31, 1985. He managed many wrestlers in WWE, including "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, the Funk Brothers (Terry
and Hoss [Dory Jr.]), the Honky Tonk Mannote
, the Hart Foundation (Bret Hart
and Jim Neidhart), the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond), Dino Bravo, The Nasty Boys
, the Natural Disasters (Earthquake
and Typhoon), Money Inc. ("The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
and Irwin R. Schyster
), the Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) and, after a face turn
in early 1993, the MegaManiacs (Hulk Hogan
and Brutus Beefcake.) Hart followed Hulk to WCW in 1994 and managed him until his match with the Giant
at WCW Halloween Havoc 95
when Hart turned heel and sided with the Dungeon of Doom
. Hart would stay with the group through it's dissolution after WCW Bash at the Beach 97
, and would manage the Faces of Fear (Meng
and The Barbarian
) and Hugh Morrus
until the FOF split. In late 1998, Hart announced that he had reunited the FOF and Morrus as the First Family. This lasted until Barbarian inexplicably turned on Meng, kicking him out of the group. Hart added Bryan Knobbs (formerly of the Nasty Boys) and Jerry Flynn to the group, but it just wasn't the same. Hart briefly managed Hail (Emory Hale) and temporarily associated himself with Hogan again in 2000. He is a 1x Southern (Memphis) Heavyweight Champion
. In 2001, he and Hulk tried to create their own promotion in Florida called the XWF but it was not successful. Hart returned to Memphis and has continued to manage. He is also the promoter for Wrestlicious
, and has worked on-and-off for TNA
going back to 2003. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
He worked behind the scenes for years in WCW composing wrestlers' entrance themes. Because many of these themes were blatantly based off of existing songs, he is the former Trope Namer
for Suspiciously Similar Song
, which was originally called The Jimmy Hart Version.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"The Tropes of the South":
- Arch-Enemy: (in Memphis): Jerry Lawler, of course. (in WWE): the Junkyard Dog, the British Bulldogs (the Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith), Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Hulk Hogan, the Legion of Doom.
- As Himself: In the Monster Mash wrestling film Monster Brawl.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He swerved the Natural Disasters leading to Money Inc. defeating the Legion of Doom for the WWE World Tag Team Titles in 1992, turning the Disasters face. Later that year, he did the same to the Nasty Boys, and they turned face too. He turned on Hogan.
- Cool Shades
- Dirty Coward/Combat Pragmatist/Loophole Abuse: He's a heel from Memphis.
- Perhaps the definitive example may have been the $50,000 battle royal that aired on the July 12, 1986 episode of WWF on MSG Network. Hart spent the entire match hiding under the ring. It came down to Greg Valentine and JYD in the ring, and they eliminated each other, giving Hart the win.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He turned face after Ted DiBiase had tried to use IRS' briefcase to hit Beefcake in his surgically repaired face.
- Evil Laugh
- Genre Savvy: Tried to stop Hugh Morrus from answering NWO member Scott Norton's challenge on the August 3, 1998 WCW Monday Nitro after Norton had interfered in the match between Psicosis and Tokyo Magnum. Of course, Norton powerbombed Morrus, proving Hart right.
- Heel: Almost always. So much so that it was jarring to see him at the side of Hulk Hogan after his face turn.
- Improbable Weapon User: His megaphone was used to knock out the opponents of wrestlers he managed.
- Large Ham
- No Indoor Voice: The Mouth Of The South. His megaphone enhances this.
- Non-Action Guy: He had some matches, but it wasn't his role.
- Older Than He Looks: Jimmy pretty much looks exactly the same as he did 20 years ago.
- Power Stable:
- (in Memphis): The First Family, which included, among others, Kamala, King Kong Bundy, The Iron Sheik, Wayne Farris (later the Honky Tonk Man), Eddie Gilbert, Rick Rude, Kevin Sullivan, The Moondogs (Rex and Spot), Jim Cornette (as Hart's understudy), Iron Mike Sharpe, Randy Savage, Andy Kaufman, Sherri Martell, Leilani Kai, Jesse Ventura, Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko B. Ware), and many more.
- The Dungeon Of Doom
- He had a version of the First Family in the XWF with Greg Valentine and the Nasty Boys.
- He created another version in Memphis with Mabel and Kid Kash, among others.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: He had a variety of jackets that were often decorated with the names and images of whoever he was managing at the time.