WWE Discussed Bringing Back Attitude Era Star For WrestleMania 39

WWE WrestleMania 39

A former WWE Superstar has revealed that a pitch was made for them to appear at WrestleMania 39.

At the spectacular, Edge took on Finn Balor inside Hell In A Cell. For the match, Balor brought back his “Demon” persona while Edge introduced a darker side to his own character leaning heavily on the devil.

The veteran was billed as “Brood Edge” which is a reference to his time teaming with Christian and Gangrel back in the late 1990s. Although Edge didn’t use the Brood theme music, many fans wondered whether Gangrel might make a surprise appearance. However, the event came and went without a cameo from the Attitude Era star.

Appearing on the Reffin’ It Up podcast with Brian Hebner, Gangrel was asked whether WWE contracted him over an appearance. The veteran said that he was never contacted but Edge told him that the idea was pitched.

“They may have discussed it, but my phone never rang. I started reading all the stuff, people were calling me, so I wrote Adam [Edge], ‘Do you know this started?’ He made a joke, ‘these writers think they know everything.’ I laughed. I tried to tell a guy to tell them, ‘No, I wasn’t doing it,’ but he still ran the story anyway. He goes, ‘To be fair, it was pitched, it just never happened.’ It was pitched, but I never heard about it.

I didn’t know anything about it. They never reached out to me. I guess, Edge is always pitching something for me. I think he pitched SummerSlam for me, but it got shot down.”

Russell Crowe Praises WWE, Edge, And Finn Balor

While Edge’s entrance didn’t feature Gangrel, it saw the star rise through the flames wearing a mask as Slayer’s ‘Southside of Heaven’ blasted around the stadium. The epic arrival also featured a video introduction from Russell Crowe using clips from his latest movie The Pope’s Exorcist.

Crowe later took to social media to praise Edge, Balor, and WWE for the event.

H/t to Fightful