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- Charles Laffere
GILBERT-NO FRIEND OF A COWBOY
Dum and Tweedle-dee Dee
They're throwing knives into the tree
Two big bags of dead man's bones
Got their noses to the grindstones…
one going to turn and run
They're making a voyage to the sun
"His Master's voice is calling me,"
Says Tweedle-dee Dum to Tweedle-dee Dee
Dee and Tweedle-dee Dum
All that and more and then some
They walk among the stately trees
They know the secrets of the breeze…
they're living in a happy harmony
Tweedle-dee Dum and Tweedle-dee Dee
They're one day older and a dollar short
They've got a parade permit and a police escort
lying low and they're making hay
They seem determined to go all the way…
Tweedle-dee Dum and Tweedle-dee Dee…”
Bob Dylan, “Tweedle Dee Dum and Tweedle Dee Dee.”
remember Bill Watts referring to the Bladerunners as Tweedle Dee Dum and
Tweedle Dee Dee during his commentary on one of their televised matches.
Not sure if Bob Dylan saw that show, though.
my name is Charles Laffere, and welcome back to another edition of my
memories of the Universal Wrestling Federation. Last time we met, Missy
Hyatt had broken the heart and the head of Hollywood John Tatum and
aligned herself, both professionally and personally, with “Hot Stuff”
Eddie Gilbert. The two would form Hot Stuff International, a stable that
was short-lived but memorable nonetheless.
first, a slight digression. If you’ve haven’t seen it already, Tim
Dills’ excellent biography on Hot Stuff is a must-read and can be found here.
Gilbert was a third generation wrestler, the son of Tennessee legend Tommy
and grandson of carnie worker Arley Gilbert. He grew up with the business
and had developed a keen understanding of it by 1985. At that time, Bill
Watts and Jerry Jarrett had begun to make a series of “trades” between
their two promotions. Gilbert left Jarrett’s Tennessee company and
joined Mid South in the spring of ’85.
first memory of Eddie Gilbert was his title match with then North American
champion Terry Taylor in Mid South . It was a terrific match, one made
better by two men who understood the psychology of building a contest into
something that fans would buy as totally believable. However, the
championship would elude Gilbert, as the match was another part of the
ongoing angle between Taylor and NWA Heavyweight champion. Ric Flair.
Gilbert lost, but the man who would soon defeat Taylor for the strap, the
Nightmare, became Eddie’s tag team partner. Gilbert even took a shot at
managing the Nightmare during his championship run before Sir Oliver
Humperdink “stole” the masked man away. Perhaps a foreshadowing of
things to come for Gilbert?
in a dream
Far beyond these castle walls
Down by the bay where the
Moonlit water falls
I stood alone while the minstrel sang his song
So afraid I'd lost my soul”… More...
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