Kevin Thorn's character will always be tied to Gangrel, and he's accepted that. But it could have been even more so.
Upon Kevin Fertig's rebranding from Mordecai to Kevin Thorn in 2006 during ECW's relaunch, he was joined by valet Ariel. However, when speaking to Fightful, Fertig expanded on the original plans, which involved Gangrel. To this day, the two are often booked with or against each other due to the similar vampire gimmicks.
"Originally it was supposed to be me, Gangrel and Shelly (Martinez) coming back in to ECW. I still don't know why it wasn't. I think it could have been unreal. Gangrel is a good friend of mine and has always been a huge supporter. I remember when I was just starting and I tagged with him, and Luna was our manager. I had chemistry with him then, and every time we get together, it's just fun. He's the OG of the vampire gimmick. Nobody's gonna do it better. I wasn't even trying to, because I knew I couldn't compete with what Gangrel had. I was just lucky enough to be a part of it, and follow in his footsteps. It was definitely a missed opportunity for us not getting to (team together). I think it would have been a cool element to what was going on. But every couple of months we either wrestle," said Thorn.
The subject was broached about Gangrel -- an intimidating character in the wrestling world, being not so intimidating when you actually know him. Especially when you're messaging him.
"It's always surreal when you get emojis to guys. Sending out messages to the guys to make sure they're on point and coming and you get a smiley face emoji from Bob Holly. It's kind of creepy in a way! Bob's been one of my friends for a long time. Here's this guy who has made a reputation as a bad ass and he's sending me emojis!" Thorn joked.
For reference, all smiley faces Bob Holly has sent Fightful in the past have had the rosy cheeks as opposed to standard smileys. No, we're not making that up.
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