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WWE’s original plans for The Brood

The Brood comprised of Edge, Christian, and Gangrel, as they made their run in WWE in the late 90s. The team didn’t last for long. Both Edge and Christian would go on to have successful careers both as singles competitors and a team. Gangrel was held back due to injuries.

On Something To Wrestle With, Bruce Prichard discussed The Brood, dedicating it to Christian. He would admit the team had broken up too early as WWE intended to use the Freebird Rule with the trio.

“I think it was ended too soon. I think these guys could. Another thing was the idea with the Brood was to do the Freebird gimmick where any two members could work a tag team match we even said that they could basically switch-in matches which is a thing I think Russo came up with, didn’t make a lot of sense. But it was different.”

“I don’t think that anybody had tried to do that Freebird rule in quite a while. So it was new, especially in the WWE. So I don’t think that we exploited that enough, I don’t think we used that three-man team the way that it could have been used.”

“So were they broken up too soon? In my opinion, I think they were. I think that we could have gotten a lot more out of them, those three guys as a tag team.”

Things might have been far better for The Brood if they were allowed to do what they wanted using the Freebird rule.  The New Day has found tremendous success with this rule, proving its effectiveness and how The Brood would have benefitted from the same.


  • Keith Learmonth

    I loved Gangrel, but he was older, slower, not as gifted at promo work, and prone to injury.

  • Keith Learmonth

    So they were basically going to have the gimmick that Lucha House Party has right now, based on this. Freebird rule, but allowed to swap even in matches?

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    Definitely not that good on the mic. LOL

  • Soulshroude

    It was only supposed to be gimmicky while the popular VT:M LARPING Roleplay game was in fashion.

  • CC

    From the perspective of the careers E&C went on to and the way Gangrel just did not connect with the audience in the same way, I would say that was what makes him the weak link. Not to dismiss his talents, but overall his gimmick and personality just did not have the impact that E&C had. Had they continued as a threesome, I am not convinced E&C would be as successful as they ended up being as a duo.

    I would also say that Hayes being teamed with the Hardy’s did not have a long term future either.

  • CC

    Broken up too soon? I am sure Edge and Christian would disagree considering the careers they went on to have.
    Had they stayed part of the Brood, who knows if they would have ended up with the kind of success they had or whether they would have been let go when the gimmick grew tired.

  • Rinn13

    How? He was a solid wrestler, good on the mic, good charisma. Was he not AS good as Edge & Christian? Sure. But FYI, Michael Hayes wasn’t amazing in his day either, but was still the best “leader” the Freebirds could have.

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    Unfortunately Gangrel was the weak link, and they saw that (as much as I wanted to like him).