Through the years, vampires have been a part of professional wrestling. You'd be hard pressed to find a more popular group of vampires than the Brood. Gangrel (who wrestled at one time as the Vampire Warrior) led a young Edge and Christian through the goth gimmick in their early days in the WWE. Then there's Kevin Throne and Ariel who were part of the wave during the WWECW days. Vampiro was in on the act too as WCW's resident nightwalker.
Earlier this year, Gangrel was part of a Wrestling Is Intense show and created a new breed of vampires. Matt Cage and Alex Castle have been a big part of the independent wrestling scene, especially here in my region of southern Illinois. Collectively they were known as The Kentucky Buffet. But one bite from Gangrel and the duo became known as the Daywalkers. Alexandre Barnabus Castle and Mathias Cage made it to the second round of the Chikara Tag World Grand Prix in 2013 the night after their encounter with Gangrel.
I recently had a chance to see the Daywalkers wrestle as a tag team for the first time. Like I mentioned before, I'd seen Cage and Castle wrestle individually and with other partners, and I've always been impressed with what they do. Now as the Daywalkers, they've given their careers a new look, which in the world of wrestling, it's always important to evolve. The duo wears plastic fangs to the ring along with long black capes. Their merch table includes the teeth, and several of the fans at the WII show I attended were proudly wearing.
Inside the ring, Castle and Cage are top notch. They're two of my favorites on the indy scene. Outside of the ring, they are quality people too. I've worked with both of them in All American Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Collision. They've always treated me with respect and I've enjoyed talking with them backstage before shows. I hope that we'll be able to work together again someday, but more realistically I hope they get their break in the business and move on to bigger and better things. They truly are deserving individuals.
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