Wrestling tries to portray itself as a semi-legitimate sport where matches are decided purely on athletic skill. It’s a no-nonsense competition where wrestlers use only their bodies and their brains to out-duel their opponents. But that’s not really true, because there are multiple examples over the years of wrestlers who use abilities that can’t be explained, and can only be considered a use of honest-to-goodness mystical energy. Over the course of history, so many wrestlers have shown powers beyond the scope of human imagination. It turns out, magic might not only be real, but somehow, it seems like it’s incredibly common in the world of pro wrestling. How else would all of these wrestlers manage to exist without anyone really blinking an eye?
Let’s be clear, here: Gangrel was a vampire. This wasn’t future ECW Superstar Kevin Thorn, who just dressed up like a vampire while commentary talked about “bite clubs” and “goth culture”. It was made quite explicit that Gangrel was a vampire. He rose from the depths of the arena in a ring of fire (one of the greatest ring entrances in wrestling history), he drank blood from a jeweled chalice, and he had fangs. Also, his name was taken from the popular Vampire: The Masquerade roleplaying game, which nearly led to a massive lawsuit once the creators found out. Outside of his entrance, Gangrel didn’t really overtly show off his vampiric powers, although there was a short period where he did have the power to drop gallons of blood on opponents, and of course, the traditional ability to turn arena lights off and on when necessary for dramatic entrances and exits that comes with almost any wrestler who has supernatural abilities.