Natalya Opens Up About Her Father’s Passing & Using His Death As Part Of WWE Storyline

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Natalya Neidhart is one proud women’s wrestler. Currently, she is embroiled in a vicious feud with Ruby Riott over a very sensitive subject, the passing of Natalya’s father. Natalya’s dad was Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, a former WWE Tag Team Champion and sure-fire Hall Of Famer.

Recently, Nattie spoke to Yahoo about the sensitivity of the subject and how her father would feel about it. Below are some highlights:

Natalya On Her Father’s Passing Being Used As Storyline:

“A lot of people have asked me, girls that I work with backstage, other superstars, people at home, if I’m OK with this storyline and how do I feel about it,” Neidhart told Yahoo Sports.

“For me, this is what is going on in my life, this is the elephant in the room.”

Natalya On What Her Father Would Say About The Storyline:

“My dad was a professional wrestler,” Neidhart said. “He was a WWE superstar, he was a WWE legend before he passed away and I feel like in some crazy way this is like my dad is having one last run.

“I feel like if I asked my dad right now, ‘Daddy, how do you feel about me doing this storyline?’ My dad would say go for it. He understood pro wrestling, he understood how, for fans to become emotionally invested in stories, there has to be emotionally charged content.”

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Natalya On Her Closeness With Her Father:

“My dad and I were really close. Anybody who watched [the show] or followed me on Instagram would see that,” Natalie Neidhart said. “When I wasn’t wrestling I was home with my family and spending so much time with my dad, we had this really incredible bond and relationship.”