Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who star Paul Darrow died in June aged 78 following a short illness. He later managed wrestlers such as Mankind and Undertaker's storyline brother, Kane. [15][unreliable source], Moody married Dianna McDole in December 1978 and had two sons, Michael and Daniel. According to club board member "Cowboy" Bob Kelly, Moody was having breathing difficulties at the event. 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. Throughout the month of November, The Undertaker is being heavily featured on WWE Network programming as this month marks 30 years since The Deadman debuted with the company. In 1984, he resumed full-time involvement in the wrestling business, using his Pringle character in Championship Wrestling from Florida and World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas. According to club board member "Cowboy" Bob Kelly, Moody was having breathing difficulties at the event. He returned in 2010 as part of yet another Kane vs. Undertaker storyline and managed The Big Red Machine off and on until 2012. On March 2, 2013, he attended the annual Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion in Mobile, AL. Kane then refused to participate in the main event that night and once again searched for Bearer. 1. 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. The cause of the heart attack was supraventricular tachycardia, which cause… Moody died in 2013, but Paul Bearer hasn’t been forgotten. WWE legend Paul Bearer died from a heart attack... Paul's son tells TMZ... and the sad part, it could easily have been prevented. I do hope your stay here is a Horrible one. The Undertaker won the match but proceeded afterwards to pull the lever that sent cement into the crypt, completely burying Paul Bearer, suffocating him. Both he and The Undertaker took a hiatus from the WWF unceremoniously in September 1999 as a result of The Undertaker suffering an injury. They may wear white gloves in order to prevent damaging the casket and to show respect to the deceased person. Eventually Bearer turned heel again by betraying his long-time protege at SummerSlam 1996 to align himself with The Undertaker's arch-enemy, Mankind. 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 … [23], Following his death, Moody became a driving point in WWE storylines. At that time, he was suffering from health problems and depression related to his obesity and underwent gastric bypass surgery in November 2003. By Connor Casey - November 8, 2020 08:02 pm EST William Moody, better known in the professional wrestling world as Paul Bearer, died at the age of 58 back in … On the November 12 episode of SmackDown, Kane cost Edge his match against Nexus member David Otunga. Immediately after his first son's birth, he cut back his involvement in the wrestling business in order to obtain a degree in mortuary science and earn certification as an embalmer and mortician. There had been previous Percy Pringles in wrestling who were not William Moody. He’s set for an appearance at Survivor Series, the very event where he made his debut 30 years ago, which is being billed as his “Final Farewell.” Unfortunately, one of the key figures of his career, William Moody, better known as Paul Bearer, won’t be on hand as he tragically passed away in 2013. Moody's son Daniel later stated that the ring was a fake. November 9, 2020; 2 minute read; 0. Moody was born in Mobile, Alabama, on April 10, 1954. He was said to have lost 240 pounds.[9]. The Undertaker’s Paul Bearer inspired by JFK death and Gomez Addams. The following week, Edge tormented Bearer throughout the night by throwing a dodgeball at him and force feeding and throwing pizza all over him. He was kidnapped by Orton and then stuck in a storage freezer while strapped to a wheelchair. 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. In April 1997 at In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker, The Undertaker set Bearer's face ablaze using a fireball. 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". The Undertaker defeated CM Punk at WrestleMania and dedicated the victory to his longtime manager and friend. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving four years on duty; during this time, he often wrestled for independent promotions during off-duty hours. [22] On March 5, 2013, Moody died in Mobile, Alabama, at the age of 58 due to a heart attack. During this time, Bearer made references to "the fires of hell." [12] On the October 15 episode of SmackDown, Bearer challenged Undertaker to face Kane in a Buried Alive Match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Bragging Rights, to which Undertaker accepted by attacking Kane. 0. William Moody, Actor: WWF SmackDown!. According to Paul Bearer, The Undertaker accidentally killed his parents by setting the funeral home ablaze and caused his half-brother's face to be bruised, burned, and scarred. 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. Ross then called again with an offer. Afterward, Kane saw that he pushed the actual Paul Bearer off the ladders onto the concrete floor, thus, injuring him and writing him out of the storyline. 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[citation needed]. 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. Paul Bearer was encased in a glass "crypt" at ringside, covered up to his chest in cement. Moody spent the next year working with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Percy Pringle III. Kane then entered a feud with Edge, after he was named the new challenger to Kane's World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. He joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in December 1990, after being mentioned by Rick Rude to WWF owner Vince McMahon. WWE and Undertaker pay their respects to the late Paul Bearer. [28][29][30], This article is about the professional wrestler manager. One year earlier, he admitted that he had weighed 525 pounds (238 kg) before the operation but dropped to under 300 pounds. [8], On April 11, 2007, Bearer appeared in the "Where Are They Now?" Moody also had an autistic granddaughter named Grace Elizabeth Moody born on July 26, 2004. 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!". 0. About Manager and wrestler for the WCCW and WWE leagues; died at age 58 from gallbladder issues. Bearer took on a spookier, ghastlier character. Paul Jones - Dead at 75. He entered the wrestling business in his teenage years as a ringside photographer. [25] At the ceremony itself, Kane inducted Bearer, and his sons Michael and Daniel Moody accepted the induction. After the match, Edge kidnapped Bearer by strapping him in a wheelchair. He is portrayed by the late William Moody in Live-Action Wrestling and in the WWE All Stars, he is voiced by John Morrison. Bearer was inspired by JFK and his own grandfather’s death (Picture: Getty Images) ‘So after that, I wanted to be a funeral director. Feeling he had no choice, The Undertaker accepted after several weeks of resistance. 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. Rick Bognar - Dead at 49. In 2010, Moody did voice over work as Paul Bearer for the game, WWE SmackDown vs. RELATED: Andre the Giant Wanted to Wrestle The Undertaker and Even Had a Secret Storyline in Mind. Rene Goulet - Dead at 86. 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). Much of the Dead Man’s career … So God help anything that died in my neighbourhood. Paul Bearer was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. WrestlerDeaths.com is the #1 Dead Wrestlers and WWE Deaths tribute site! In the story it refers to Weinstein still being in prison. Tragically, three days later on March 5, 2013, Paul Bearer died of a heart attack at the age of 58. On March 5, 2013, Moody died in Mobile, Alabama, at the age of 58 due to a heart attack. Sir Oliver Humperdink - Dead at 62. 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. Eventually, Undertaker lost his patience and refused to allow Bearer to continue being his manager, leading Bearer to reveal the secret. Two were done exclusively about him, talking about his career in wrestling. 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. As he had two years remaining on his contract, however, Bearer was used as a booker for the company up until WWE decided to terminate his contract on April 11, 2005. As a signing bonus, WWE agreed to pay for the surgery, as Ross promised.[6]. Paul Bearer replied to Dr Hackenslash's topic in DeathList Forum. At Bragging Rights, Kane once again defeated Undertaker after interference by Bearer, who was almost thrown in the grave by Undertaker, and The Nexus, who helped Bearer and Kane bury Undertaker. The Undertaker was shown to have also been unaware of this at that time, and helped to build the feud up further, as Undertaker initially refused to believe the story until an in-story DNA test proved it to be true. Punk then mocked Bearer over the next few weeks against both The Undertaker and Kane, including stealing his urn and attacking Kane with it. At the time throughout mid to late 1997, The Undertaker denied all this, claiming it was his younger half-brother's fault. Paul Bearer and The Undertaker. 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. Later that year, he went backstage to serve as a WWF road agent, stage manager, and talent scout. 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. In 1979, he began his career as a manager using the name Percy Pringle, a blonder, louder version of Paul Bearer but just as creepy. 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. The third was with friend and fellow wrestling manager Jim Cornette. The Undertaker honors his longtime manager, Paul Bearer, at the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony. WWE said farewell to The Undertaker at Survivor Series – and it was only fitting that Paul Bearer made an appearance. Full list of Dead Wrestlers. Despite his death in 2013, Paul Bearer continues to appear in some of WWE games as an ally to The Undertaker and Kane. Kane was not revealed as Bearer's son until April 27, 1998, on Monday Night Raw, a day after the first Inferno Match, at Unforgiven, where Kane was set on fire. Moody was a regular at Gulf Coast Wrestling events in Mobile, Alabama while growing up. Daniel wrestles on the independent circuit as DJ Pringle. Randy Savage - Dead at 58 . 0. In 2015 WTOG brought Dr [24], On the March 3, 2014 episode of Raw it was announced that Paul Bearer would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Come in, come in, and welcome to the Unliving Room of the Tenement Castle. 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. Here’s a look back at the life, career, and tragic death of Paul Bearer. Because of the fire incident, The Undertaker thought his younger half-brother and Bearer's illegitimate son had been dead for years. On March 2, 2013, Moody attended the annual Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion in Mobile, AL. The following week, Kane begged Edge to return Bearer, but Edge once again refused. On the December 3 episode of SmackDown, Edge continued his mind games with Kane by pushing a dummy version of Paul Bearer down some stairs. 0. Pedro Morales - Dead at 76. Kane later came for Bearer, only to roll him back into the freezer and saying, "I'm saving you... from me". His partners Wanted to Wrestle the Undertaker which long preceded brother Love 's the. 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