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[from various e-mails I have received]
It has been eleven years since our Eddie left us, but his memory
is as vivid today as it when he was with us. Lots of things have
changed since he has been gone. The whole wrestling world has
changed, but he would have changed with it. His second love
was politics. In his memory I decided to go into the political
world in our city election last year. I ran for Alderman Ward I,
Lexington, TN, and won by a landslide. I am now Alderman,
Vice Mayor and Police Commissioner. I enjoy it very much,
and know that he would be very proud. His dad is semi-retired
now, and Doug still does a little wrestling on week-ends. Life
goes on for us, but a day never passes that Eddie isn't on our
Today marks the 13th anniversary of Eddie's death. Sometimes it just doesn't seem real that he should be gone from our lives. Not a day passes that I don't think of him in some way and it is always with a smile! I have so many fond memories of Eddie and he left us way too soon. But I do know that he is in a much better place than we are and we all be together again someday! R.I.P., my friend!!
Just want to thank you for making this website. When I was a kid I watched a lot of wrestling. My mother would always ask me what was I doing and I would say watching my favorite wrestlers Eddie Gilbert & Missy Hyatt. I love them. Just thinking back to those days makes me cry because you have two people giving the fans their bodies. I would always talk to the TV and say please be safe because wrestlers can get hurt easily. Eventhough I never met my hero, he was always in my heart. I just hope that he is up there having fun look down on us, and wrestling all of the other people who passed away too.
Thank you so much Eddie you helped me when I was a kid to stay on the right path. For that, I will always be your fan of The True King Eddie Glibert & His Queen Missy Hyatt.
I had the pleasure of knowing Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert from his time in Georgia. I met a lot of pro wrestlers working at a local drug store from Eddie to Brian Pillman, but my all-time favorite and the one person who always had a smile or a hug for a fan was Hot Stuff. I miss the old days from when wrestling was more action then talk and when you could see real wrestlers not these fake personas on TV today. Eddie is so very badly missed and will always be loved and he is a Hall of Famer in my eyes.
Hi my name is Ralph, Iím a big fan of wrestling and I've have the honor and privilege of meeting Mr. Eddie Gilbert while he was competing in Puerto Rico. In my opinion Mr. Eddie Gilbert was and will be a legend and an icon to the sport of wrestling. I was very sad and extremely concerned about his death, but I believe he will be in a better place with God. I still remember the first time I spoke to Mr. Gilbert. I was buying some groceries at a pharmacy near the place where he used to stay and at that moment I didnít know what to do. I said to myself well you have two options: I could get a handshake or I could get beat up, so I took a chance and I asked him about his wrestling match against Hurricane Castillo Jr. with the ring surrounded with fire. He told me it was pretty rough. Then he asked me if I liked wrestling and I told him, since I was born I loved wrestling. At that moment, we were having a conversation and I told him that me, my brother and my grandfather would sit and enjoy wrestling shows. I also told him about the time when his father Thomas Gilbert would introduce Eddie Gilbert at the wrestling show in Puerto Rico. What a moment that was! We talked for almost 4 hours, but unfortunately, he was going to tape some interviews at the Capitol Sports Promotions office and he also told me he had to be at the Coliseum where he would be wrestling. So say no problem, Iíll be there. So he shook my hand and I was very happy knowing that Iíd met my favorite wrestler.
Thank you so much and long live the true wrestling legend Mr. "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert.
Loved you website. I went there because my sister, Darla, had submitted photos to you. Really brought back some good old memories of Eddie. I watch wrestling now, but honestly, it's not the same. Give me the old school wrestlers any day.
Thank you so much for giving all of his fans a wonderful place to go. He truely was and always will be, a great wrestler.
Hi Pat, this is Eric. I was reading on your site about Eddie. I had the chance to work with Eddie before he passed on, I am a retired ref from the USWA in Nashville, TN. I worked with Eddie a lot. He was a really great guy to be around. I also worked with him when he became The New Fabulous Ones with Tommy 'Wildfire' Rich managed by Jackie Fargo. I was at the match in Nashville when the news came about him passing. I was supposted to have been the ref for his brother Doug's match when they came into the dressing room and told all of the guys/women that they had found Eddie dead in his motel room in Puerto Rico. We were all devistaed to hear the news. It makes me and my wife "happy" (both of us being wrestlers and fans) that one fan is so dedicated to keep Eddie's name and career alive 10 years after his death. Keep up the good work and if you need any help keeping Eddie's tribute together, feel free to email me anytime.
Thanks for so much dedication to Eddie, we are sure that he is grateful. He loved all his fans very much. If you have questions about Eddie or any other superstar you may be researching, if we can help, please let us know.
Thanks: Eric (the ref) & Misty Heat (wrestler, Eric's wife and fan of Eddie's)
My name is Susan McGovern, but I was Susan Wesson when I met Eddie through his father when we were both 14 years old in Memphis. I read all of your history, and although I think you left out that he was a photograper ringside in Mphs. right before he started training with Tommy. I was there at the Coliseum from Nov. 3, 1975 until they quit the Coliseum. Wrestling was my love like it was Eddie's. And we both idolized Jerry Lawler, who is also a good friend.
We became each other's first boy and girlfriend and remained friends until the end. I saw him for the last time in April the year before he died. He was all dressed up & I was very pregnant & he said "Lord girl, you've done it again."
I talked to his mother a few weeks ago as I visit his grave when I can & like to keep in touch with Tommy & Peggy. They want us to come up for a visit. I need to get to the cemetary tomorrow as I didn't get to go today.
I wanted you to how much I appreciate your sweet website, the tribute is perfect. Alot of folks miss him and will never forget. To me, he was a great friend.
I would like to know if there's a way to get in touch with Ken Wayne, whom I also know very well, as well as his father. If there is and you could let me know, I'd appreciate it.
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years already but it sorta seems like a lifetime. I hope he's at peace.
Hello! I'm Ron McFarlane. I worked with Eddie on many occasions, including dropping both the Tri -State Tag Team belts and the North American Tag Team Belt to him. This website brings back a lot of memories.
Yours truly, Ron McFarlane
Hey. I just found your webpage today and I wanted to thank you for putting a tribute to one of the greatest of all time on the web.
I am 21 and grew up watching some older Hot Stuff stuff (no pun intended) and he inspired me to train and to want to become a professional wrestler. He had charisma and damn good in-ring skills and could draw heat or be a babyface at the snap of the finger better than just about anyone in the business.
I have always been a huge fan and want to incorporate some Eddie Gilbert into my wrestling gimmick and just once again wanted to thank you for allowing Eddie Gilbert's memory to never die.
My name is Tabitha R. Howard and I'm 33 years old. I've been a wrestling fan since I was 5 years old. I remember Eddie in the UWF and WWF. Your website is fantastic.
I saw the link to Eddie's page on Kayfabe. I was huge Hot Stuff fan from the first time I saw him on UWF television. Now I know that I missed a lot of his best work on Mid-South TV, but I was never able to get a station that carried Mid-South as I live in Michigan. When he signed with Crockett back in late 88 or early 89 I was thrilled. I have the match with Eddie and Steamboat against Flair and Windham on tape and love to watch it.
I never got to meet Eddie, but would truly have loved to. After reading about Eddie's ideas for booking, I think WWE could have used someone like him.
Thank you for the page
I sorely miss Eddie Gilbert.
I was born and once lived in Dothan, Alabama for over a decade where Eddie booked for David Woods and as you know Woods ran the territory into the ground after Eddie left. Dothan hasn't been the same since. Aside from having the occasional WCW show, the territory was virtually dry during the 1990's. However, there have been having monthly shows at The Houston County Farm Center on a monthly basis since Vince McMahon bought WCW.
However, there's no telling how long this monthly novelty will last since what's left of the wrestling business is slowly being absorbed into the motion picture industry.
I was surfing the Internet about Memphis Wrestling and Eddie Gilbert and found this website. My husband, kids and I all live in Lexington, TN. I grew up watching Memphis wrestling and sometimes watching Eddie. My husband works with and is friends with, Eddie's sister, Kim. My sister was married (before her husband was killed) to one of Doug Gilbert's best friends (Tim). So even though I didn't know Eddie personally, I feel like I know him through these connections.
Doug is wrestling tonight in Lexington, and I am going to speak to him about this website. We found out a lot of stuff we didn't know about Eddie by reading this website. It's a great thing to keep his memory alive. Keep up the good work!
Hey guys. My name is Matt Groves I am from Memphis, TN. I heard about Eddie through my best
friend Josh Clark, who is also Eddie's cousin. I just wanted to say that you guys are doing a great job perserving Eddie's history. I really enjoy the site a lot.
Through an Internet link sent to me by a friend today, I was just visiting your site dedicated to Eddie Gilbert and I had to stop and say thank you.
My name is Lisa and I live in Portland, Oregon. I moved here from Memphis, Tennessee about 3 years ago. Eddie was one of my dearest friends and seeing the photos and reading the information on your site has been bittersweet for me. I still talk to Peggy and the family often although I'm living on the other side of the country now. People like you are what keeps her spirits high....she loves to know that people haven't forgotten about Eddie.
I just wanted to say thanks. After all these years I still think about Eddie almost every day. He was like a brother to me and we called each other "Cuz". I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your site and I appreciate the memories that you brought back.
Have a wonderful day.
I was really young the first time I saw Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert wrestle in the farm center in Dothan, Alabama. I remember the way he would throw balls of fire into the faces of his victims.
I'm 26 years old now and just started my wrestling career in the same place where Eddie wrestled. Eddie, I got the flame throwing down brother and I promise I will burn you into the memories of my victims as well!!!!
I am a 22 year old wrestling fan and a huge fan of the late great Eddie Gilbert. I grew up in Indiana. How I got started watching Eddie was that my first cousin lived in Kentucky and when I would visit him I would see the great USWA promotion and I would see Eddie. The greatest feud ever in wrestling was that of Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert vs. Jerry The King Lawler. My cousin's name is Jamie Daugherty. He at one one time was training to be a wrestler for the USWA promotion and he introduced me to Eddie Gilbert and Jeff Jarrett. Eddie was not as big as some of the other wrestlers, but he made up for that with skill. I loved his personality so much. He didn't let his size get in the way of conquering great things and this is why Rddie is a role model to people like me. I can't get enough of Eddie. I have tons of USWA footage on him and some from the WWF. One thing you could tell about the Gilberts (speaking of his father Tommy, Eddie and his brother Doug) wrestling was a way of life. It was in the blood. Good work on keeping a true legend alive. May his spirit live on forever.
Eddie - RIP.
A true fan,
Hi my name is Josh. I am Eddie's 4th or 5th cousin. I didn't really know him, but my mother did. She told me stories about him, her and his sister Kim about when they ran around together and got into trouble. She also told me that he would get my mom and Kim in trouble and they would get him in trouble.
There are so many memories that people have share about Eddie, but I wanted
to talk about one night at the house of Joe Pedicino. Eddie had just been
given the book for the GWF, and was coming over to put together the first
show. I'll never forget what a nice evening it was for one reason. Here was
one of the genius minds in the wrestling business, and he was truly grateful
to be given the opportunity to put together a show. It was that simple. He
loved the creative side of the business. He let me come up with a character
and helped me develop it for Barry Horowitz (The Winner!) All the while, he
was just so happy to be doing what he loved.
A couple of weeks later - he and Debbie came over for a spaghetti dinner. I
probably am the worst cook in the world, but he and Debbie were so wonderful
making me feel like I was being a great host.
Yes, Eddie is remembered by many for his many demons. But he had his angels
following him as well. I think those were the days he was most happy... and
I believe he's sitting up there right now wondering just how to get one of
his many friends to laugh - as he made me laugh in our brief time working
Rest well, Dear Eddie!
The Announcer formerly known as Craig Johnson
flying colours television
Thank you so much for keeping the memory alive. We are four days away from
the seventh anniversary of the date that Eddie left us. The last seven years have been very lonely, but with the grace of God, family and all the wonderful fans and friends of Eddie's we have sustained. We thank God each day for all of his faithful fans and friends. We are still trying to reach our goal for the Scholarship Fund, and it looks better each day.
Eddie loved his fans, Wrestling was his life. Brian Hildebrand, Dennis Coralluzzo, Dick Murdock and Owen Hart have joined him in Heaven, and I am sure they are having a good time. Since we lost Eddie, we have also lost both of his grandfathers. His grandaddy Gilbert passed away Dec. 14, 1998 and his PaPa Davis passed away Oct. 11, 2000.
Eddie would be so proud of his nephew Casey, he is in the 10th grade and plays both offense and defense on the Lexington High football team. Cody the 12 yr. old just got tested for the gifted program in his school. He is smart, just like his Uncle Eddie, his mom, Kim, and Uncle Doug. Tommy and I keep busy by working each day, we do fairly well as long as we keep our minds occupied with work. Thanks again and Love to all the Fans
I have wanted to write for a long time now. I married into the wrestling business. I am married to Greg, Buddy Wayne's middle son. I had the honor of riding the road and being friends with Eddie. He took care of me and made sure that all of the guys respected me. You know, I see that this section is for fan contributions and I was in my early life a huge fan of the Gilbert's. I haven't had the opportunity to really get to know Tommy and Peggy though I have met them and I know Doug and haven't been able to keep in touch. I don't wrestle anymore due to health problems. I am just so glad to be able to visit this site and reminisce about the great friend I have. Eddie you are truely missed. Love and miss ya "Vicious"
Your page on Eddie Gilbert is so good, thanks for keeping him alive in CyberSpace
Thank you so much for doing this web-site on Eddie. I met Eddie in June
of 1979 in Memphis at the WFIA wrestling fans convention. After Eddie
wrestled in Memphis the remainder of 1979, he moved to Kansas City and
began wrestling in the Central States Territory.
Eddie and I became close friends. Not only was he a very talented
wrestler, but he was a great person. I miss him very much. The last
time I saw him was in October 1990 in Memphis. As we became older, he
got married and I got married and we sort of lost touch. But has always
been in my thoughts. I found this web site by looking at another web
site. I have been going through all of the information in here for the
last two evenings and have done nothing but cried. It sounds to me that
Eddie had a very rough life in the business and he sure didn't deserve to
die at such a young age. But, God had other plans for Eddie. I only
wish I had been able to stay in touch with him.
I have tons of pictures of Eddie that I would love to share with you, but
since I don't have a scanner on my computer I can't send them.
I could go on and on about Eddie and his family. The Gilbert's are
wonderful people. Tommy and Peggy, if you read this, I still love you
Keep up the good work on this web site.
Darla Staggs Taylor ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Hi! My name is David Hernandez and I'm from Forrest City, Arkansas. Well I always wanted to see Eddie on Memphis wrestling. He was the greatest!!!!!! And I know that Lawler knew that he was going to be the next king of Memphis because he had my number one vote all the way baby. Mr. Tommy, if you read this I just want to say we love you and Eddie and Doug. I also want to say please don't let your fans down. We still love to see ya! Also, make your presences known that you still love the fans because we still care about ya! We love you Tommy, Don and Al Greene, Jackie Fargo, Eddie Marlin, Tojo, Jerry Jarrett, Rough House Fargo & Donnie Fargo, we still love ya. I will always have ya in my heart and soul 'til the day I die!! I grew up watching ya and I always think about where ya would be. There's a lot of people that still talk about you Tommy Gilbert and don't you forget this because I know that when Eddie died a big part of you died also! But remember this one thing, WE WILL NEVER FORGET EDDIE GILBERT!!! Because he was my idol!!!!!!!!! Eddie wherever you're at now, I will never forget you Hot Stuff. The flame will never stop burning while I'm still alive. Eddie we love ya man and I wish somebody would come back as the new Hot Stuff in memory of you. Thank you
from David Chico Hernandez
By The Way, I respect you for wanting to keep Eddie's name alive by the website and all of that. That's real cool of you =)
To whom it may concern:
I have been an Eddie Gilbert fan for a long time and I want to thank you for
taking the time to dedicate a site to his memory.
The different interviews and articles are great reads and I probably wouldn't
have came upon them otherwise.
In this new wrestling world that we find ourselves in, it's very seldom that
I'm able to convey to the newer fans the significance and creativity with
which Eddie's career should be known for. I feel that this site gives a better
understanding of the brilliance of Gilbert for those who have not lived
through the angles and matches. It is important that these things are passed
on through the generations.
With all of this being said, the best way that I've found to keep the memory,
spirit, and love that Eddie had for wrestling alive is to simply watch him
Best of luck to all,
Kevin W. Mattingly
First of all I want to say THANK YOU!!! It is about time someone created an Eddie Gilbert page. I have been a fan of professional wrestling for over 20 years and Eddie was one of my favorites. Anyway to the subject of this email. As you know for a lot of Eddie's career he wore a beard but do you know the reason for that beard? When he was young and just starting out he wrestled in the WWF in the late 70's and early 80's well he was in a very bad car accident during that time. And his face had scars on it so he grew a beard to cover up the scars. Just wanted to share that with you in case you never knew the reason. Keep up the good work on the site.
My name is Yolanda and I was a friend of Eddie's. Eddie's death did a number on me. I don't think I stopped crying for about a week and a half.
I was just messing around on the computer just pulling names out of the blue and entered Eddie's on keyword and almost hit the floor when I saw the website. I instantly inserted it into my 'favorite places' so I can find it instantly any time I want to.
Thank you sooooo much for doing this for Eddie. It really meant a lot to me as I am sure it does alot of others. Please don't ever take this off the internet.
I noticed in the 2 bios on Eddie there was part of his early career missing. Around '80-'81 there was a show called "Big Time Wrestling" which promoted house shows in the San Francisco bay area. Eddie was a hot rookie sensation getting a great push as a new superstar. Harley Race was world champion & the top heels were Rock Hunter & The Masked Assassin. It seemed all the heels wrestled for the "Rock Hunter Organization." Rock Hunter had a $1,000.00 challenge to any wrestler that could beat him in a 10 minute time-limit. He beat a lot of jobbers for this. Then Eddie challenged him & took him to a time limit draw. Gilbert offered a sportsman like handshake only to be slapped & double teamed by Hunter & the Assassin. Bulldog Bob Brown & others made the save which set up a Gilbert/Hunter feud. During this era where I saw Gilbert as a rookie, I remember a great pure scientific match he had with Gama Singh. The 2 would later team up in a tag match & then I never saw Gilbert on TV 'til that Masked Superstar/Backlund angle in the WWF. Again good job on the site. - Danny Shipman of Reality Check TV.com