On January 27 at the Royal Rumble , Ryback entered the Royal Rumble match as the thirtieth and final entrant and eliminated five superstars before being the last man eliminated by John Cena.  Ryback would then resume his rivalry with The Shield on the February 4 Raw , when he teamed up with John Cena and Sheamus to attack the stable.  This culminated in a six-man tag team match on February 17 at Elimination Chamber , where The Shield emerged victorious when Seth Rollins pinned Ryback for the win.  The following night on Raw , Ryback and Sheamus teamed up with Chris Jericho to face The Shield in a rematch, but were again defeated.  Ryback then began a feud with Mark Henry after several non-verbal confrontations led to them attacking Drew McIntyre with their finishing moves in an attempt to one-up each other.    On the March 15 episode of SmackDown , Ryback defeated Henry via disqualification following interference from The Shield. Afterwards, Henry delivered the World's Strongest Slam to Ryback three times in a row.  Ryback and Henry competed in a Bench Press Challenge on the March 29 SmackDown , where Ryback tied Henry at 53 reps after Henry choked him with the weight.  On April 7 at WrestleMania 29 , Ryback was defeated by Henry in a singles match. 
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.