Bow down to the Queen of Harts! WWE superstar Natalya "Nattie" Neidhart is definitely a force to be reckoned with both in and out of the ring. Wrestling fans tune in every Tuesday night to watch her dominate on SmackDown and they also keep up with her on the hit E! reality TV series Total Divas, where she gives fans an intimate look into her personal life. Just like her besties Nikki Bella and Brie Bella, Nattie has been one of the main cast members on the show since its premiere in 2013, but now that Season 7 is gearing up to be her biggest storyline yet, fans are dying to know more about Nattie. Keep scrolling below to learn more about her!
She comes from a long line of wrestling royalty.
Nattie's maternal grandfather was the late Canadian pro wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart. Nattie's mother Ellie Hart married Nattie's dad Jim Neidhart, who wrestled under the name of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Jim also was part of a tag team with Nattie's uncle — and WWE Hall of Famer — Bret "The Hitman" Hart. They wrestled together as The Hart Foundation in the 1980s and the 1990s (when the WWE was known as the WWF) and they were two-time WWF Tag Team Champions.
She is also a decorated wrestler.
Over the course of her decade-plus career in the WWE, Nattie has held two separate titles. In 2010, Nattie held the WWE Divas Championship for 70 days. Season 7 of Total Divas will document Nattie's journey to her second title reign as the Smackdown Women's Champ, which she won from her co-star Naomi at SummerSlam 2017. She held that title for 86 days.
Her husband is also in the wrestling business.
In 2013, Nattie tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend TJ Wilson, who also wrestled in the WWE under the name Tyson Kidd. But TJ was forced into early retirement in 2016 after he suffered a very scary and very serious neck/spinal injury during a 2015 match. But they got through it together, and Nattie and TJ's marriage is still going strong today. Nattie is constantly posting photos of her and her hubby on Instagram.
She's obsessed with cats.
Nattie is a proud cat mom and she has two cats named after the late hip-hop star Tupac Shakur, 2Pawz and Makaveli — and they even have their own Instagram!
She played a big role in the WWE's women's revolution.
Together with the rest of the WWE's female roster, Nattie helped prove that women's wrestling is just as important as men's wrestling. In the history of the WWE, women wrestlers were referred to as "divas" while their male counterparts were and are still referred to as "superstars," and the sexist nature of the female wrestler's moniker was a reflection of how women were treated unequally in the WWE — many of their matches were shorter than the men's matches and sometimes it would be cut from the Raw and SmackDown programs entirely.
But by working hard and improving their skills, the women showed they deserved just as much TV time as the male wrestlers, and it lead to WWE executive Stephanie McMahon to change the name of the Diva's division to the Women's division which led to more opportunities — like the first-ever women's Money in the Bank ladder match last June.
She is super proud of her Women's Champ title reign.
In an exclusive interview with Life & Style, Nattie gushed over how life changed for her after she won her second title belt in the WWE.
"Every time I go through airport security with my championship, I have like a freak-out moment. I can't believe I'm the champion. I love it when people are like, 'What is that?' It's a great conversation piece — I feel so much pride, even at 4:45 a.m.," she gushed. "For me, especially being able to document the journey on Total Divas, since day one that's something I've always said on Total Divas that I wanted to do. I wanted to win the women's championship. I finally got to do that and I never gave up on my dream. It's been a journey but a great message to men and women, and anybody that watches our show that if you believe in yourself, and you fight hard enough and stay the course — if you don't give up, all of your dreams will come true."
She's still besties with Naomi.
"Naomi is one of my closest friends at work, but we had a very competitive match at SummerSlam and she definitely unleashed the beast inside of me, and she gave me one of the most challenging matches of my entire WWE career," the 35-year-old exclusively revealed to Life & Style and she admitted that her hubby is rooting for Naomi! "I have to say, my husband's favorite women's wrestler is Naomi. He said that she is the most impressive athlete in the WWE and that she is his favorite, which pissed me off, to be honest, because I was like, 'TJ, I should be your favorite because I'm your wife.' He was like, 'Sorry, but Naomi is my favorite.'"
"With all that being said, she's just an incredible performer," Nattie continued. "She was very proud and very happy for me to win it because she also knew my journey. We had similar journeys. While I know it was bittersweet because she felt sad about losing the title, she's also happy to see a dream come true for me. I'm always going to be grateful for the match and she gave me because it really was another peg in this incredible women's group we have in the WWE right now. We actually said before the match, 'This match has to be phenomenal because we're representing women around the world that want to do this, and only a handful of women on the planet get to do what we do. Whether you're holding up a championship or not, we are part of this women's revolution and our match, our performances, will be continuing and moving forward.'"
There's only one thing she regrets filming in the four years she's been on Total Divas.
"When I drunk dialed my boss, Stephanie McMahon, I still, to this day, regret doing that. I'm like, 'Why did I do that?'" she revealed exclusively to Life & Style. "But Steph and I still laugh about it. She's like, 'Nattie, I get asked to this day about why you did that.' But I don't know, I didn't know the tequila was going to hit me the way that it did. I mean, I just had one skinny margarita."
But she's down to do her own spin-off!
"I would absolutely love to do that," Nattie exclusively revealed to Life & Style. "I think the reason why the Bellas do so well with Total Bellas is because they have a colorful family and a lot of stuff going on. They have material to do that. They have material to do their own spin-off and I feel like with [my] family being this big, crazy, wild, wonderful, wacky bunch, I feel like if the opportunity ever presented itself, it's definitely something I would love to do and I think — if you watch my dad on Total Divas people think my dad needs his own reality show."