Shortly thereafter, Bearer (returning to his signature look) and The Undertaker formed the Ministry of Darkness. Kane offered a second title shot to Edge, which he accepted, but continued to keep Bearer with him. He entered the wrestling business in his teenage years as a ringside photographer. Bearer and The Undertaker became a heel team again toward the end of 1998 when Bearer betrayed his own son, Kane, in favor of managing The Undertaker once again. WWE and Undertaker pay their respects to the late Paul Bearer. He was also in WWE All Stars, WWE '13, and WWE 2K14 as a selectable manager and part of the Attitude Era single-player mode, and 30 Years of WrestleMania mode respectively representing The Brothers of Destruction. He gained a measure of national notoriety as the longest-running horror host on television, and in 1993, then-Tampa mayor Sandy Freedman declared October 30 "Dr. Paul Bearer Day". They may wear white gloves in order to prevent damaging the casket and to show respect to the deceased person. Much of the Dead Man’s career … The rehearsal taping earlier in the day of the Bash – with Undertaker ad-libbing and only half of the stunt complete, in an empty arena – was leaked onto the internet dirt sheets and actually broadcast live by accident in many of the television markets. At this time, The Undertaker was involved in a storyline with CM Punk heading into WrestleMania 29. Once becoming a heel with Bearer, The Undertaker shamelessly admitted to setting the funeral home ablaze for which he had initially claimed was an accident or blamed Kane. Includes photos, videos, and causes of death. However, as TMZ reported back then, WWE creative went to the Moody family and asked permission to use Paul Bearer in the storyline, which was granted. Gallery. Kane attempted to track down Bearer, but was unable to find him. Randy Savage - Dead at 58 . , On the March 3, 2014 episode of Raw it was announced that Paul Bearer would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. 1. In 2005, Moody, with three partners, started his own independent promotion known as Gulf South Wrestling. Paul Bearer Deceased Also known as Percy Pringle, Percy Pringle III, Percival Pringle, Percival Pringle III, Embalmer, Mortician, Mr. X He attended San Antonio College and the University of South Alabama.. , On April 11, 2007, Bearer appeared in the "Where Are They Now?" Paul Bearer: Billed height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Billed from: Mobile, Alabama: Debut: June 1974: Retired: 2012: William Alvin "bill" Moody (10 March 1954 - 5 March 2013) better known by his ring name “The Father of Destruction” and “The Fat Man (or Fatman)” Paul Bearer as well as Percival Pringle III, was an American professional wrestling manager and professional wrestler. Outside WWE, he was known by the name Percival "Percy" Pringle III and performed in various regional territories and promotions, as well as World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). Bearer returned to the Boston-based Millennium Wrestling Federation as top heel manager along with John "Bradshaw" Layfield after four years, leading "Stalker" Dylan Kage at Soul Survivor VI against The Iron Sheik and "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal in the Sheik's retirement match April 24, 2010. Afterwards, The Undertaker came out in character and paid tribute. He was coughing, and told friends he was going to seek treatment for respiratory problems.  Bearer officially became Undertaker's manager again by accompanying him to the ring for his match against Kane for the title at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Raw 2011, where he was featured in one of the Road To WrestleMania storylines for the game, as well as a selectable manager. Two were done exclusively about him, talking about his career in wrestling. RELATED: The Brutal Unsolved Murder of Former WWE Star Dino Bravo. Punk then mocked Bearer over the next few weeks against both The Undertaker and Kane, including stealing his urn and attacking Kane with it. 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William Alvin "Bill" Moody (April 10, 1954 – March 5, 2013) was an American professional wrestling manager and licensed funeral director. He’d been recommended to Vince McMahon by Rick Rude and was given his name by Road Warrior Hawk, clearly a play on “pallbearer.” Given that Moody was a real-life mortician and the fact he’d worked with The Undertaker in the past, it was a match made in heaven…or hell as WWE would probably put it. Pallbearers carry the casket of Major Douglas A. Zembiec of the United States Marine Corps On the November 12 episode of SmackDown, Kane cost Edge his match against Nexus member David Otunga. In 1992, The Undertaker and Bearer turned face, when Undertaker stopped former ally Jake "The Snake" Roberts from ambushing Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth with a chair backstage. Following an independent event on March 2, 2013, he told friends that he would be seeking treatment for respiratory problems and was treated for a blood clot. Then, after Edge defeated Kane in a non-title match, he brought out a Paul Bearer lookalike. The feud lasted into summer of 1998, when Kane seemingly abandoned Bearer to side with The Undertaker, beginning a face turn. Eventually, Undertaker lost his patience and refused to allow Bearer to continue being his manager, leading Bearer to reveal the secret. His trial/story on BBC 4 right now. [unreliable source], Moody married Dianna McDole in December 1978 and had two sons, Michael and Daniel. Bearer, who passed away in 2013, was The … He later managed wrestlers such as Mankind and Undertaker's storyline brother, Kane. Tragically, three days later on March 5, 2013, Paul Bearer died of a heart attack at the age of 58. There had been previous Percy Pringles in wrestling who were … This was set up in order to temporarily write Bearer out of WWE story lines because he had to undergo emergency gallbladder surgery after suddenly developing gallstones, a common side effect of gastric bypass surgery. William Moody went to Mobile's Catholic School, and later graduated from the McGill Institute. In 2015 WTOG brought Dr The secret, which involved the Undertaker's family, was: The Undertaker's mother had an affair with Paul Bearer who was working under the Undertaker's parents in the family funeral home, and as a result, gave birth to a younger half-brother of The Undertaker, named Kane. When Jim Ross contacted him about rejoining the company, Paul at first refused the offer. While he took time away from pro wrestling in the early 1980s to earn his degree in mortuary science, also becoming certified as an embalmer and mortician, Moody returned to the business on a full-time basis in 1984. The Undertaker defeated CM Punk at WrestleMania and dedicated the victory to his longtime manager and friend. According to club board member "Cowboy" Bob Kelly, Moody was having breathing difficulties at the event. One year earlier, he admitted that he had weighed 525 pounds (238 kg) before the operation but dropped to under 300 pounds. Paul Bearer replied to Death Watch Beatle's topic in 2020 Names. 0. He was said to have lost 240 pounds.. Wonder how old the photo is. He is best known for his tenure with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) where he performed under the ring name Paul Bearer as the manager of The Undertaker. Rick Bognar - Dead at 49. About Manager and wrestler for the WCCW and WWE leagues; died at age 58 from gallbladder issues.  At the ceremony itself, Kane inducted Bearer, and his sons Michael and Daniel Moody accepted the induction. Both he and The Undertaker took a hiatus from the WWF unceremoniously in September 1999 as a result of The Undertaker suffering an injury. A real-life mortician, Paul Bearer played a key role in The Undertaker’s career and also managed many other big-name wrestlers throughout his career. Dr. Paul Bearer’s Official Web Site. Paul Bearer was encased in a glass "crypt" at ringside, covered up to his chest in cement. He is portrayed by the late William Moody in Live-Action Wrestling and in the WWE All Stars, he is voiced by John Morrison. After seeing what he thought was a dummy version of Paul Bearer on top of two ladders, Kane pushed them over. There had been previous Percy Pringles in wrestling who were not William Moody. page, on the WWE website. Paul Bearer, best known as the manager of the Undertaker, dies at age 58. photo: wwe.com Best known as the charismatic manager of the Undertaker with an unforgettable high pitched voice, Paul Bearer was one of the most recognized wrestling managers in the WWE throughout the 90s and 2000s. On the April 1 episode of Raw, Paul Heyman dressed up as Paul Bearer and Punk poured the ashes of the urn onto The Undertaker after attacking him. WWE inserted Paul Bearer into the program by having Punk … Paul Bearer replied to Dr Hackenslash's topic in DeathList Forum. Full list of Dead Wrestlers. In late January 2007, at a SmackDown/ECW house show in Mobile, Alabama, Bearer joined The Brothers of Destruction at ringside, carrying the original urn. WWE said farewell to The Undertaker at Survivor Series – and it was only fitting that Paul Bearer made an appearance. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving four years on duty; during this time, he often wrestled for Indian Coast independent promotions during off-duty hours. Rowdy Roddy Piper - Dead at 61. Despite his death in 2013, Paul Bearer continues to appear in some of WWE games as an ally to The Undertaker and Kane. Paul Bearer - Dead at 58. Pedro Morales - Dead at 76. On the September 24, 2010, episode of SmackDown, Bearer made his first on-screen appearance in 6 years after being brought out in a casket. No longer using his ghostly appearance and mannerisms, he became loudmouthed and shrill. Moody also had an autistic granddaughter named Grace Elizabeth Moody born on July 26, 2004. A pallbearer is one of several participants who help carry the casket at a funeral. After recovering, he reappeared as Paul Bearer in March 2004 at WrestleMania XX, alongside Undertaker in a match against Kane. He joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in December 1990, after being mentioned by Rick Rude to WWF owner Vince McMahon. During this time, he served as manager for numerous wrestlers; he notably managed Rick Rude, "Stunning" Steve Austin, and Mark Calaway in their early careers. The third was with friend and fellow wrestling manager Jim Cornette. The cause of the heart attack was supraventricular tachycardia, which causes a dangerously high heart rate. Wrestling star 'Paul Bearer' died of a heart attack caused by an untreated rapid heart rate, his family says. Paul Jones - Dead at 75. But following his final run in WWE, he began to have difficulty breathing and developed a nasty cough. In the story it refers to Weinstein still being in prison. Moody died in 2013, but Paul Bearer hasn’t been forgotten. WrestlerDeaths.com is the #1 Dead Wrestlers and WWE Deaths tribute site! In spring of 2004, Paul Bearer was kidnapped by The Dudley Boyz under the direction of Paul Heyman. Paul Bearer returned to WWE in 2004 to manage The Undertaker in his WrestleMania 20 match with Kane and continued to make sporadic TV apperances over the years while also working as a backstage agent. He then let Kane hit Undertaker with the urn to help him win. Sean O'Haire - Dead at 43.  On March 5, 2013, Moody died in Mobile, Alabama, at the age of 58 due to a heart attack. The March 11 episode of Raw was held as a tribute to Bearer, The Undertaker paid tribute but was interrupted by CM Punk, his WrestleMania 29 opponent. For the June 27, 2004 pay-per-view The Great American Bash, a match pitting The Undertaker against both of The Dudley Boyz was booked.  Dianna died due to complications resulting from breast cancer on January 31, 2009. WWE Hall of Famer, late Paul Bearer’s son Michael Moody passed away on Sunday as it was confirmed by his brother Daniel on Facebook.. Michael … Paul Bearer turned on The Undertaker in 1996 in The Deadman’s amazing feud with Mick Foley and surprised him with a half-brother, Kane, the following year, which led to a lengthy program. Paul Bearer was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. During the match, Bearer once again turned on Undertaker, after shining a light in his eyes when he was about to Tombstone Kane. Around mid-1997, Paul Bearer coerced Undertaker (WWF Champion at the time) into being his protégé again with the ultimatum of revealing a deep, dark secret from the past. , In April 2012, Bearer returned for a brief stint as a part of Kane's ongoing feud with Randy Orton. In his portrayal of a very histrionic, ghostly manager, he was almost always seen bearing an urn (which led to several storylines involving wrestlers stealing his urn), and whose catch phrase was "Ohhh yyes!". After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and completing basic training, he recieved his honorable discharge and went straight into a Funeral Director service job. He was coughing, and told friends he was going to seek treatment for respiratory problems. Edge then used Bearer to call for Kane in the parking lot, but Kane wasn't able to get Bearer in time as Edge attacked him and drove off with Bearer. Paul Bearer: Bio Best remembered as the unsettling caretaker of intimidating Superstars like The Undertaker, Kane and Mankind, Paul Bearer crept into WWE in 1990. While he was working in World Class Championship Wrestling, Paul Bearer managed some big names. Bearer also hosted the WWF talk show segment entitled The Funeral Parlor, which included memorable segments such as the Ultimate Warrior being locked inside a casket, among others. Tragically, three days later on March 5, 2013, Paul Bearer died of a heart attack at the age of 58. 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