|Debut October 26, 1998|
Years active 1998–1999
|Disbanded July 11, 1999|
|Former member(s) Gangrel (leader) Christian Edge|
The Brood was a stable known for its time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the Attitude Era of the late 1990s. The stable was composed of Gangrel, Christian and Edge. Their gimmick was that of a clan of vampires, although they were often merely described by announcers as living a "gothic lifestyle"
All three of the original Brood members debuted in 1998. Edge made his debut in the WWF on the June 22 episode of Raw Is War as a loner who entered the ring through the crowd. Gangrel, known previously as the Vampire Warrior, made his WWF debut on the August 16 episode of Sunday Night Heat. He was given a new vampire gimmick based on the White Wolf roleplaying game Vampire: The Masquerade. Christian debuted on September 27 at In Your House: Breakdown 1998 where he distracted Edge, who subsequently lost his match to Owen Hart. The storyline introduced Christian as Edge's (kayfabe) brother. In reality, the two had been best friends since childhood.
Christian continued at the side of Gangrel to help him in his feud with Edge, and he won the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship in his first match in the WWF. Eventually, the duo convinced Edge to join them, forming the stable known as The Brood. On the November 2 edition of Raw, The Brood faced Degeneration X (New Age Outlaws & X Pac) which ended in a No Contest. At Rock Bottom: In Your House, The Brood defeated The J.O.B. Squad (Al Snow, Scorpio, and Bob Holly) in a six man tag team match.
They often entered arenas by rising through a ring of fire onto the (elevated) stage floor, with Gangrel carrying a chalice of "blood". Usually, Gangrel took a drink from the chalice (and sometimes he would pass it to Edge or Christian to drink from) and then spit it towards the crowd. One of the group's trademarks was giving their opponents a "blood bath", before or after a wrestling match. A "blood bath" consisted of the lights in the arena turning off, the flashing red lights of Gangrel's entrance coming on, and then the arena lights turning on again to reveal the target bathed in "blood". The trio had similar looking long blond hair. Gangrel and Christian both wore white shirts and dark pants, while Edge wore the long leather coat he wore before joining The Brood. According to Edge, he was uncomfortable with his gimmick.
Story with Ministry of Darkness
In February 1999, The Brood feuded with The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness stable. The end of the feud saw The Brood merge with The Ministry. In March, after Undertaker's Hell in a Cell match with The Big Boss Man at WrestleMania XV, Edge, Christian, and Gangrel were lowered onto the cage from the ceiling. They lowered a noose into the cell, and the Undertaker proceeded to hang The Big Boss Man from the top of the cage. The Brood were often victims of beatings at the hands of the Ministry to both prove their loyalty to the Undertaker and to punish them. On one occasion, Christian was sentenced to a flogging at the hands of his fellow Brood members, and from the Undertaker himself after he was forced to reveal to Ken Shamrock the location of Stephanie McMahon when Shamrock held Christian in an ankle lock. When it came to the point Undertaker tried to force the Brood to sacrifice Christian alongside Shamrock, Edge and Gangrel refused, as they were more loyal to Christian than the Ministry. Instead attacking the Acolytes, the Brood split from the Undertaker's loyalty, thus becoming the only members of the Ministry to defect from the stable before the Corporate Ministry merger. This led to a feud with the Ministry of Darkness, specifically The Acolytes. at Backlash: In Your House, The Acolytes and Mideon) defeated The Brood in a six man tag team match.
By June 1999, The Brood began feuding with The Hardy Boyz. By that time, Edge and Christian had found success as a tag team. On the July 11, 1999 episode of Sunday Night Heat, Gangrel turned on Edge during a bout against The Corporate Ministry. Gangrel subsequently tried to convince Christian to do the same, but Edge and Christian instead split from Gangrel, who aligned himself instead with their rivals, The Hardy Boyz.
The New Brood
The New Brood was formed after the Hardy Boyz dumped Hayes as their manager in August 1999, turned heel and became briefly associated with Gangrel. After winning a series of matches against the team of Edge and Christian, dubbed the "Terri Invitational Tournament", they won the services of Terri Runnels as their manager by winning the first ever tag team ladder match at No Mercy by defeating Edge and Christian. The fans gave both teams a standing ovation the next night on Raw Is War. On that same night, The Hardy Boyz announced that they were not the New Brood – they were The Hardy Boyz. They called a truce with Edge and Christian, and the quartet attacked Gangrel after he bragged that he got to use the "services" of Terri while Matt and Jeff were recovering from last night. Gangrel ended his association with both teams. The Hardy's would continue to use the darker and more gothic-oriented appearance they utilized when allied with Gangrel throughout both their tag team and successive solo runs.