Haters gonna hate, but Gangrel’s favorite Taylor Swift song is Shake It Off.
Speaking on a recent episode of In the Weeds, the former leader of The Brood was asked about his Twitter handle, @gangrel13. The interviewer pointed out that Taylor Swift also has the number 13 at the end of her Twitter handle, @TaylorSwift13, and asked if he thought the megastar was paying tribute to him. While he doesn’t believe the two situations are related, he revealed that he’s a fan of Swift’s work.
“No. I’m not paying tribute to TSwizzle either, but I do like her. I just heard that the other day, that 13 was her lucky number, and I went, ‘Oh, that’s so cool.'”
When asked what his favorite Taylor Swift song is, Gangrel had this to say:
“You’re going to kill me, but it’s Shake It Off.” (h/t Fightful)
Gangrel Opened Up About Working With Orange Cassidy
Elsewhere in the interview, Gangrel spoke about working with Orange Cassidy during the 2019 independent show BLP/GCW 2 Cups Stuffed. The bout took place in August of that year, prior to AEW debuting its weekly programming. Since then, Cassidy has become one of AEW’s most popular stars, and Gangrel is happy for his success.
“Some of the older guys, I’m not going to mention any names, they were shitting on him. ‘He’s taking a piss on wrestling.’ They started telling me this, I don’t think they stopped to think about the characters I’ve done. I was the Blackheart, the bastard son of Stu Hart with the black mask, and I wrestled as a vampire. I’m sure those guys, when I was coming in, they were like, ‘what is this kid doing?’
“Same thing they are saying about Orange Cassidy, they’re saying about me wrestling with fangs. I started watching the show, it might have been G-Raver, fell from the ceiling and about ripped his arm off, is bleeding all over the place. Blood everywhere, glass. I come back, and I could tell Orange Cassidy was really nervous to kind of explain his character to me, but I knew it already. I have been on shows with him before he was doing the Orange Cassidy thing, so I knew he was a hell of a worker.”
Continuing, Gangrel explained that injecting comedy into a show that also contained a brutal ladder match and a deathmatch main event was important.
“He was nervous and was like, ‘What do you want to do?’ ‘I want to do exactly the stuff you do because there is nothing else we can do after everything that has happened out there. Blood, guts, dives, they’ve seen everything but comedy.’ That was the only approach to go that made sense. I’m not against trying new things.
“Turned out, it worked. It was for that crowd and it worked for that set. He’s a great cat.
“I talked to him, and my biggest concern when I was talking to him after the match as he’s going to AEW, how long could he do that character or make that type of character work, how much longevity is there in being the slob where you’re wearing backpacks and kicking people, how long did he think he could do that before it gets old? He’s doing it a lot longer than I thought he could. He said he was going to hopefully transition out of it, but I don’t think he’s had to. He’s still getting over and people are buying it. I’m happy for him.” (h/t Fightful)