Apr 19, 2015 - by Steve Gerweck


Tommy Gilbert, the father of the late Eddie Gilbert, is the latest to file a lawsuit against WWE…

The WWE is cashing in on Eddie “Hot Stuff” Gilbert even though he’s been dead for 20 years … at least according to his family, which is dragging the league to court to get a cut of the action.

According to docs … Eddie’s dad, Tommy Gilbert, is in charge of the estate and says the WWE is plastering his son’s image and likeness all over TV and other media platforms without permission — and, more importantly, without paying them a dime.

Tommy says old wrestling footage of Eddie — a pro from ’79 until his death of a heart attack in ’95 — is being used to promote the WWE.

Interestingly, Eddie’s fam isn’t suing to block use of the footage — they just want a judge to force the WWE to fork over a share of its profits, plus damages.

The WWE believes it has full clearance. A rep tells TMZ … the org has purchased legal rights to use old footage from other wrestling groups — such as ECW and WCW — and as a result … it expects this lawsuit to be dismissed.

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