WWE officials met with prosecutors from the Albany County, New York, District Attorney’s office in August 2007 regarding information that several contracted performers were revealed to be customers of Signature Pharmacy, a Florida-based internet drug retailer accused of running a nationwide illegal steroid ring. At the end of the month, WWE officials had suspended 12 wrestlers: Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Edge, Funaki, Gregory Helms, John Morrison, King Booker, Mr. Kennedy, Snitsky , Umaga and William Regal .
Edge was then placed in a feud against the vampire wrestler Gangrel . During the feud, Gangrel introduced Christian, Edge's storyline brother, as his ally.  Eventually, Gangrel and Christian convinced Edge to join them, and the three of them formed an alliance known as The Brood .  At Rock Bottom: In Your House , The Brood defeated The . Squad in a six-man tag team match. At the Royal Rumble , Edge competed in the 30-man Royal Rumble match and was eliminated by Road Dogg . The Brood was later abducted and converted into The Undertaker 's Ministry of Darkness . In May 1999, the Brood broke away from the Ministry after Christian was attacked by Ken Shamrock and forced to reveal the location of the captive Stephanie McMahon .  The Undertaker chose to have Christian punished for his trespass, but Edge and Gangrel stood by him and betrayed The Undertaker, leading to a brief feud with the Ministry. At Backlash: In Your House , the Brood faced Ministry members Bradshaw , Faarooq , and Mideon in a losing effort. At King of the Ring , The Hardy Boyz defeated Edge and Christian in a match to determine the number one contender to the WWF Tag Team Championship, after their first match on Sunday Night Heat ended in a no-contest.
Orton then produced a copy of SmackDown! magazine, which featured The Undertaker on the cover.  Heeding Graham's advice, Orton said he would set himself apart from all other wrestlers by ending The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania .  Throughout March 2005, Orton taunted The Undertaker, claiming he was unafraid of him. On the March 21 Raw , Orton turned into a villain once more after he delivered an RKO to his unsuspecting on-screen girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, knocking her unconscious .  During Orton's promos , he ran for cover whenever signs of The Undertaker's appearance ( lightning , darkness , or smoke ) occurred.  When legendary wrestler Jake Roberts advised Orton not to underestimate The Undertaker, Orton performed an RKO on Roberts as well.  In the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, Orton became more defiant and unafraid of The Undertaker, taunting and assaulting him in the ring following distractions from his father, "Cowboy" Bob Orton . At WrestleMania 21 , however, the heavily hyped match was unsuccessful for Orton, as he lost despite his father's interference.