An icon of the Attitude Era, Gangrel first appeared for the then-World Wrestling Federation in 1993 as enhancement talent, though it wasn’t until 1998 that he actually signed with the company. Having the backing of then-company writers Bruce Prichard and Vince Russo, ‘The Vampire Warrior’ had job security.
Admittedly, Gangrel didn’t have an abundance of success in-ring, failing to win a single championship throughout either of his runs. His character is, however, remembered fondly, and is often referenced during angles featuring his most famous associations; Edge, Christian, and The Hardy Boyz.
Forming The Brood with ‘The Rated R Superstar’ and ‘Captain Charisma’, and subsequently The New Brood with Matt and Jeff Hardy, the real-life David Heath was often called upon to soak adversaries in blood. These acts later became known as bloodbaths and have gone on to be used long after Gangrel’s departure from WWE.
Gangrel Isn’t Ruling Out A Brood Reunion
Although both instalments of The Brood only lasted for around a year, it remains the most popular period of Gangrel’s career. According to the man himself, a reunion isn’t off the table, as he stated during a K&S Wrestlefest livestream:
“No, no, I never say never, but creeping up there in age, but I’m a vampire. So, keep fanging and banging.”
Gangrel himself hasn’t wrestled for WWE since December 2007, participating in the Raw 15th Anniversary Battle Royal, but remnants of him live on. Most recently, Edge embraced his Brood days by making his entrance at WWE Day 1 to Gangrel’s entrance music, complete with a look similar to that of his time in the group.
He remains on good terms with the sports entertainment giant, having been a featured DLC character in WWE 13, but his more recent wrestling appearances have come via All Elite Wrestling. Gangrel first had a cameo stint in the Elite Deletion match between Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara, before appearing alongside The Young Bucks in their feud vs. The Hardys.