Oct 22, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: David Heath
Weight: 240 lbs.
Date of birth: February 16, 1969
Born: Tampa, FL
Pro debut: 1988
Trained by: the Malenkos
Finishing move: Impaler
– In July 1988, Heath and Rusty Brooks won a tag team tournament to capture the IPWA Tag Team title in Davies, FL.
– Heath and Brooks defeated the Southern Express in June 1989 for the IPWA Tag Team title.
– On September 29, 1989, the Blackhearts (Heath and Tom Nash) defeated Kensuke Sasaki and Sumo Hara for the Stampede International Tag Team title. They were managed by Hugh Hart.
– The Blackhearts defeated Johnny Hot Body and Larry Winters for the TWA tag team title on September 21, 1991 in Philadelphia, PA.
– On July 18, 1993, Heath, as the Vampire Warrior, pinned Jeff Jarrett for the USWA Southern title in Memphis, TN.
– In Puerto Rico, Heath wrestled as the Vampire Warrior, El Vampiro, and Lestat the Vampire.
– Luna (Vachon) managed a team in the UWF called the Blackhearts, consisting of Apocalypse (Heath) and Destruction (Tom Nash).
– Heath also used the Apocalypse gimmick in Calgary and Japan.
– It was while in the UWF, Heath started seeing Luna on a personal level.
– Heath, as the Vampire Warrior, defeated Rocco Gibraltar in Perriene, FL on April 1, 1994 for the Atlantic Wrestling Council (AWC) title.
– On October 31, 1994, Heath married Luna Vachon.
– The Blackhearts won the NWA Florida Tag Team title in 1997, and vacated the straps the following year.
– In Florida, Heath wrestled as the Blackheart.
– Upon entering the WWF, Gangrel wanted to wear leather instead of the white shirt, but Vince McMahon nixed the idea.
– Gangrel suffered a shoulder injury at the 1998 Breakdown in a match against D-Lo Brown.
– Gangrel was in Christian’s corner at the 1999 Judgement Day when he beat Taka Michinoku for the WWF Light Heavyweight title.
– In December 1998, Gangrel pinned Al Snow at Capital Carnage.
– Gangrel, Edge, and Christian formed the Brood.
– The Brood used “blood bathes” to humiliate their opponents.
– The Brood eventually joined the Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness group, but split away shortly afterwards.
– Doc Hendrix (Michael P.S. Hayes) conducted an interview with the Brood on “Smackdown” which resulted in the former Freebird receiving a blood bath.
– The blood bath led to a feud between the Brood and Hayes and the Hardy Boys, a young tag team Hayes managed.
– In a surprising turn of events, Gangrel turned on Edge and Christian during a six-man tag match during Sunday Night “Heat.”
– Gangrel aided Jeff Jarrett at the 1999 “Fully Loaded” to regain the Intercontinental title from Edge.
– Christian turned on Gangrel and rejoined his “brother” during the August 2, 1999 episode of “Raw.”
– At the 1999 Survivor Series, Gangrel, Mark Henry, Val Venis, and Steve Blackman defeated the team of Davey Boy Smith and the Mean Street Posse.
– Luna became Gangrel’s valet until she was fired from the company.
– In spring 2001, Gangrel worked shows for IWA Puerto Rico.
– In August 2001, the WWF released Gangrel from his contract.
– In October 2001, Gangrel embarked on a tour of Australia with such superstars as Jeff Jarrett, Jerry Lawler, and Bret Hart.
– At the October 26, 2001 World Wrestling All-Stars PPV taped in Sydney, Australia, Heath, wrestling as the Vampire Warrior, defeated Luna.
– On January 19, 2003, Gangrel defeated Simon Diamond for the Maxium Pro Wrestling (MPW) title in Livonia, MI.
– At the September 14, 2004 “Smackdown” taping, Gangrel returned to WWE with Viscera to attack The Undertaker.
– In mid 2006, Gangrel was resigned by WWE to be apart of the ECW brand, but never appeared on television. He was released on January 18, 2007.