Big Update on the Re-Formation of The Heart Foundation

Nick Paglino


The New Hart Foundation – DH “Harry” Smith, “Stampede Kid” TJ Wilson and Natalya Neidhart – recently reunited in Florida Championship Wrestling. The group got back together at last week’s FCW taping in Tampa. Smith & Wilson wrestled FCW tag champs Joe Hennig & Heath Miller in the main event of the show, with Natalya as their manager. Wilson & Smith worked as heels even though Wilson has always been a babyface in FCW. Hennig pinned Smith with “The Perfect Plex” – his finishing move, which is a tribute to his father. At last night’s taping, the same main event took place, but Miller pinned Wilson this time around.

The faction was originally slated to be called up to the main roster around this time a year ago, but things fell apart right before their scheduled promotion. Teddy Hart was released from his developmental contract on October 11, 2007 due to behavioral issues. A week later, WWE decided to bring DH Smith on the road and call him up to the main roster, giving him a mini-push in the process. However, it was a trap set up by officials so they had a pushed wrestler to announce as failing a drug test

when the November 1, 2007 provision went into effect for the company to publicly announce drug suspensions. Smith failed a drug test the month before (for Winstrol, an anabolic

steroid), but WWE held off his suspension for a number of weeks so they could have a name to announce after November 1, 2007. They also pretended to push him so they could show people they were suspending a pushed wrestler. Smith eventually returned to the active roster, but primarily wrestled on Heat. In April 2008, he began wrestling as a tweener, alternating between face and heel roles, but his character apparently didn’t work out too well as he was written off of television following a beatdown from John Bradshaw Layfield on the May 5, 2008 Raw in Toronto. Though he’s still listed as a member of the WWE roster on the company website, Smith was sent back to developmental for retooling, where he’s been ever since. As part of the 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft, Smith was drafted to SmackDown, but he still has yet to debut on the brand.

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