Fans of the Brood got a taste of things on WWE SmackDown and SummerSlam as Edge paid tribute to the group by doing a Brood Bath on Seth Rollins and then using the theme and entrance for SummerSlam.
Edge's tribute to The Brood led to Gangrel trending on Twitter throughout the weekend, but it also led to plans changing for the original member.
"I was supposed to be on a plane to Milwaukee. [Monday], I get a return phone call saying, 'Oh man, we're so sorry, we're going in a different direction because WWE media stuff.' That entrance, everything Edge did was fucking great. The reason I wasn't so excited about it is because I knew, I was offered another great opportunity and the timing sucked. AEW contacted me and they wanted me to come in and do Dynamite. They were putting the entrance together, they were going to do the fire, they were putting the music together and getting it all together. The same time I was trending and really happy for Edge on the inside, I was super worried like, 'Please don't let this ruin things.' I called people and they were like, 'I wouldn't worry about it.' When SummerSlam hit, I knew it was the final nail in the coffin. It was cool because I never knew what the Gangrel-Brood entrance would look like in 2021. It was tremendously done. When I got the phone call that they were going to go in a different direction, it's not their fault, it's just timing. I think it was Tony's [Tony Khan] idea to bring me in," Gangrel said on his Fangin N Bangin podcast.
Gangrel continued by saying he contacted Edge to congratulate him on his successful entrance.
"Yesterday, I call Adam [Edge]. He was like, 'Did you see it? I was so happy and honored to pay tribute. You work so hard and the Brood was a cool time in my life. I hope this helps you get more money out of bookings and move some merch.' He was so happy, I didn't know what to say. I go, 'Yeah, it kinda cost me.' 'What do you mean buddy?' 'That other company over there, AEW, they were getting ready to do a thing.' I was getting ready to do my entrance again, not Edge, me. I didn't tell him that. He got so quiet for what felt like an enternity. He goes, 'Man, I'm so sorry. If you had told me.' I didn't know, I just got booked. It felt like he was gonna cry. I did tell him how pumped I was he was doing the entrance. He felt so bad. He sent me pictures of his daughter with the jacket. I was like, 'It's cool man. It was fucking awesome. I loved seeing you do that.' It was a weird timing thing. He told me he was working on it for two and a a half months. He said, 'You don't know how hard it was to get the blood bath thing because of the PG situation.' He wanted the red and the blood. It really came down to, if it wasn't black, it wasn't happening. It wasn't an idea overnight for him. He planned it. It was a big deal for him," said Gangrel.
Gangrel said he was contacted by AEW for the idea last week and hopes to link up with them in the future. Gangrel thanked fans for being supportive and thanked AEW for the opportunity.
He said had the SummerSlam entrance not happened, he thinks he still would have appeared on AEW. "They were going to do the ring of fire," he said.
Edge defeated Seth Rollins at WWE SummerSlam. Christian, the third member of the Brood, appeared in a segment with Kenny Omega on Dynamite.
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