David Heath

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      • 1969-02-16 in Tampa - Florida - USA

      American professional wrestler best known for his work with the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment under the name Gangrel. Heath began his career by training with Dean Malenko in Florida. When his training was complete, he began performing in various Independent federations in the Florida area. In Independent Professional Wrestling (IPW), he became a tag team champion, as well as in Stampede Wrestling, where he and Tom Nash, wrestling under masks as The Blackhearts (as Destruction and Apocalypse, respectively), won the Stampede International Tag Team titles. In the early nineties, the Blackhearts were paired with Nash's wife Luna, wrestling in Joel Goodhart's Tri-State Wrestling, in Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation, and finally Giant Baba's All-Japan, where the team split up. During that time, the marriage between Nash and Luna broke up and Heath and Luna became romantically involved. They eventually married on Halloween 1994. The WWF, where Luna worked at the time, even broadcasted a segment of Luna's "Wedding to a Vampire". З Vampire Warrior gimmick, inspired by the movie The Lost Boys, under which, he wrestled in various promotions, including the Memphis-based USWA. Under this moniker, he won the USWA Southern Championship and the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year award in 1993. In 1995, Heath appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling for a short period, feuding with Tommy Dreamer over Dreamer's affiliation with real-life wife Luna Vachon. World Wrestling Federation In 1998, Heath was hired by the WWF due to the support by then writers Bruce Prichard and Vince Russo, who believed in the merit of a vampire gimmick. Heath was given the name Gangrel, which was derived from a vampire clan from the White Wolf[role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. The gimmick involved an entrance which saw him rising from a ring of fire on stage, followed by a slow walk to the ring set to a sinister instrumental music theme. He also carried a goblet of "blood" with him and, during his entrance, would stop on the ring steps, take a drink, and spray it into the air. Gangrel made his TV debut on the August 16, 1998 episode of Sunday Night HEAT; he was victorious in his in-ring debut against Scott Taylor. He would go on to be undefeated for several months into his WWF career. The Brood He went on to form a gothic stable, called The Brood, with fellow WWF wrestlers Edge and Christian. The Brood became known for their "blood baths", which involved the lights going out for a moment, and when they came back on, the targeted wrestler being covered in "blood".

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