The time that Eddie Gilbert spent in the WWF was largely uneventful. He was basically a glorified jobber whose high water mark was getting destroyed by the Masked Superstar on television. It wouldn’t be much longer after that he got to shine in smaller promotions and “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert really made people take notice.
Gilbert would later work for Mid South/UWF and found his niche as the company’s booker. He had his own heel stable of wrestlers “Hot Stuff International” and the UWF television programs became regarded as one of the best written shows in the industry. He would later book Continental with similar praise. Gilbert would have some success in WCW but he left there to return to independents where he could exert creative freedom. Eddie Gilbert was a decent wrestler, but his behind the scenes work had only a handful of equals. We also have to give him props for having both Missy Hyatt and Medusa in their prime. That has to be worthy of some consideration right?
The Bullet Points:
U.S.A. (Lexington, Tennessee)
Key Championships Held:
AWA Southern Heavyweight
AWA Southern Tag Team (4) (2w/Tommy Golbert, 1w/Tommy Rich, 1w/Ricky Morton)
CWA International Heavyweight
ECW Tag Team w/The Dark Patriot
GWF North American
GWF Television (2)
Mid South Tag Team w/The Nightmare
NWA Central States Tag Team w/Ricky Romero
NWA United States Tag Team w/Rick Steiner
UWF Tag Team (2) w/Sting
USWA Tag Team w/Brian Christopher
USWA Unified World Heavyweight (4)
WWC Tag Team w/Tommy Gilbert
Why He Will Get In:
He had one of the better wrestling minds in the business and is still thought of well today.
Why He Won’t Get In:
He was only a step up above jobber while he worked for the WWF and was later though of as unstable.
Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1. Beats his idol, Jerry Lawler to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight
2. Takes over the booking for Mid South (1987)
3. Runs over Jerry Lawler with a car in a very realistic angle (1990)
4. Loses to Cactus Jack in a brutal 2 out of 3 Hardcore Match (first fall
was Falls Count Anywhere Match, second fall was a stretcher match,
the third fall was a Steel Cage match) (8/3/91)
5. Loses a vicious Texas Death Match to Terry Funk (10/28/93)