PRO DEBUT: 1988
TITLES HELD: n/a
XWF INC. APPEARANCES:
One of the first XWF Inc. shows...
Gangrel has had one of the most interesting and unique gimmicks to
pro wrestling, incorporating acting and looking like an actual
vampire while being a pro wrestler at the same time (actually has
the vampire teeth to match it). He was famous on the
independent circuit as the "Vampire Warrior". He was
getting so much attention that the WWF signed him to become part of
their new Attitude mode. The WWF had him drinking blood from a
cup, which was one of the controversial aspects of the WWF in
1998. The WWF renamed him as "Gangrel", which is a
trademark of White Wolf Publishing and you see that publishing
credit on every video game or video that Gangrel is on.
Gangrel was also an interesting character to watch because he was a
good in-ring performer along with his gimmick. His WWF theme
music was very fitting, as well.
Gangrel was mostly used to
solidify the midcard and help out both Edge/Christian and the Hardy
Boyz establish themselves as stars in the WWF. He was
eventually released by the WWF, given that they just wanted Gangrel
to help establish other stars instead of pushing the character to a
higher level. Gangrel now wrestles throughout the independent
scene and still looks just as good as he did on WWF
Fun fact: Gangrel is
married to Luna Vachon in real life, which explains the brief
pairing of the two on WWE television.
(Partial Credit to Pro
Wrestling Illustrated's "2004 Wrestling Almanac and Book of
Facts, 9th Edition")