Heading into SummerSlam Edge went back to his WWE roots revisiting his time in The Brood. Something it has emerged had a knock-on effect on one of his former stablemates, Gangrel.
After debuting in WWE in 1998, Edge entered a feud with Gangrel. A vampire like character who had a penchant for drinking ‘blood’ from a chalice and spitting it into the crowd. During the feud, Gangrel appeared with Edge’s storyline brother Christian.
Eventually the pair convinced Edge to join them and the three began to team together as The Brood. As part of the gimmick, the trio would rise from under the stage through a ring of fire during their entrance while dishing out ‘blood baths’ to rivals.
Fast forward to the summer of 2021, and in his efforts to overcome Seth Rollins, Edge tapped back into this dark side. On the SmackDown before SummerSlam, Edge gave his rival a ‘blood bath’ covering him in a dark liquid in the ring.
The throwback continued into SummerSlam itself as Edge performed his old entrance rising through the stage surrounded by flames.
It was a moment that was praised by fans all over the world, but not so much by one of the former World Champion’s old stablemates. Speaking on a recent episode of his Fangin’ & Bangin’ podcast, Gangrel revealed that the entrance inadvertently scuppered a scheduled appearance of his own on AEW Dynamite.
Gangrel said that while he loved the entrance, part of him was also worried watching it.
“Everything Edge did was f**kin’ awesome, but the reason I wasn’t excited about it was because I was offered another great opportunity and the timing just sucked. AEW contacted me and they wanted me to come in and do Dynamite tomorrow, Wednesday night Dynamite. They were putting the entrance together, they’re going to do the fire and the pyro stuff, they were putting the music together and getting it all together… at the same time, that like I’m trending, really happy for Edge on the inside, but also, I’m super-worried going ‘oh no, please don’t let this ruin things [for me with AEW]’ and then it just kept blowing up and getting bigger and bigger and bigger on Twitter. I’m thinking ‘oh man…’ and I call a couple other people, they said ‘I wouldn’t worry about it, your thing is different’ but when SummerSlam hit,”
“I knew it was the final nail in the coffin.”
“It was so cool because I was like, ‘Wow!’ I never thought—it was my entrance originally and then it became The Brood’s entrance—about what it would look like in 2021. It looked flippin’ awesome! It was cool, with his coat, he came up, then down and hit his music,” he explained, “it was just tremendously done. When I got the phone call that they were going to do a different direction — and it’s not their fault, it’s just timing — I was so grateful and so happy to be part of it, and they even thought about [using me]. I think it was Tony Khan’s idea to bring me in and do all of that, I believe it was. I was so grateful and happy, but deep down inside, I knew how things could go and it was about that timing.”
Gangrel explained that he called Edge after the match, excited that his former partner had paid tribute to their time together. He said that Edge had hoped the entrance would help him get some bookings, when in fact it had done the opposite.
“I called him and he goes, ‘Hey man, did you see it? I was getting ready to call you!’ And I go, ‘I saw it, man…’ and he goes, ‘Man, I was so happy and honored to pay tribute to you, and you worked so hard, The Brood was a cool time in my life’ and he goes, ‘I hope this helps you get some more money on some bookings and move some merch’ and this and that, and I let him go, he was so happy and I didn’t know what to say. Then I go, ‘Yeah, you kinda cost me some work too.’ He goes, ‘What do you mean, buddy?’ And I go, ‘Well… that little other company over there… AEW, they were getting ready to do another thing [with me],’” Gangrel noted, “and whether it was a one-off, or a two-off, whatever it was, I was going to be able to do my entrance again. I was going to go through the fire, not Edge, but me. But I didn’t tell him that, I didn’t sell that. He got quiet for what felt like an eternity and he goes, ‘Man, I’m so sorry! If you would have told me…’ and I go, ‘I just got booked,’” he explained. “I told him it was OK, it’s good and I work every weekend, I’m doing things. I didn’t tell him how pumped I was that they were giving me a chance to do my entrance, but he felt so, so bad.”
Gangrel added that the whole thing was just a matter of poor timing, and that AEW didn’t want to be seen to by copying WWE so the appearance was pulled.
At SummerSlam Edge dipped into all of his experience to eventually defeat Seth Rollins, pulling out moves he hadn’t used in years along the way.
H/t to Wrestle Zone for the transcription.