Edge went to a very dark place for his SummerSlam feud with Seth Rollins. First, he bathed Seth in a bunch of black gunk on an episode of SmackDown, in a scene that was similar to the blood baths from Edge’s days in The Brood. Edge then went full Brood for his incredible entrance at SummerSlam itself.
Gangrel was the leader of The Brood back in 1999 when Edge and Christian were aligned with him. Speaking on his Fanging N Banging podcast, Gangrel revealed that Edge’s entrance cost him an appearance with AEW this week. Here is the transcript of his story, courtesy of Fightful:
“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.”
Gangrel said he spoke with Edge about it, and learned why the Seth Rollins blood bath was black instead of red:
“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.”