R.I.P. Bill Moody b.k.a. Paul Bearer

From Houston Mitchell of the LATimes

Bill Moody, 58, who entertained WWE fans for years as the spooky manager “Paul Bearer,” died Tuesday evening.

Moody debuted in the WWE as Bearer in 1991, managing the supernatural Undertaker. Bearer was a former funeral director who guided Undertaker to the WWE title, until turning on him to start managing Undertaker’s brother, Kane.

Moody left WWE as a full-time perfomer in 2002, but had returned sporadically since then. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

“WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, a.k.a. Paul Bearer,” the company said in a statement.

“Moody made his WWE debut in 1991 as the manager of The Undertaker and went on to become a memorable part of WWE over the course of the next 20 years. Our deepest condolences go out to Moody’s family, friends and fans.”

Before coming to WWE, Moody was well known as wrestling manager Percy Pringle.

Moody is survived by two sons, Michael and Daniel.


10 thoughts on “R.I.P. Bill Moody b.k.a. Paul Bearer

  1. @BrothaWolf I don’t watch much wrestling anymore. But I did as a kid. I had wresting action figures(not dolls) growing up. I remember when I was about 14 or 15 my dad took me to a wrestling match. This was back in the 80’s so it wasn’t quite as violent,sexualized and crude as it is today. In the mid 90’s the “attitude era” began–and I didn’t watch as much. But my dad and I had a great time. By then I knew it wasn’t “real” fighting but who cares!lol I got the chance to see Tito Santana,Brutus Beefcake,Jesse Ventura,Bret Hart,Tony Atlas,Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. I basically got to see the icons of that era. The best era in my opinion. We were also in the second row. It was pretty cool to see them that close up. Could you imagine what those seats would cost today?
    My cousin got tickets to see a wrestling event back in 1993. I didn’t want to go but he didn’t want to go by himself. So he dragged me along.lol The Undertaker was wrestling that night. So I got to see him and Paul Bearer. Paul was quite the character. He was very animated.lol I have to admit it does bring back memories though. I’m sure it’s a sad day for fans of that golden era.
    Did you grow up a big fan if wrestling? And did you ever go to any matches?

    1. I watched wrestling when I was little with my dad. Then, I grew tired of it and stopped until I went to college. Soon after, I got tired, and got interested again, and I’m still watching it lol. It was an off and on thing. When I was younger, I wanted to go to a wrestling show to see what it’s like. Now that I older, I don’t care too much for the idea.

      I remember when I watched the Undertaker when he first came into the scene in the WWE. I remember him not saying a word. Paul Bearer did all the talking for him. The two were a hilarious pair portraying themselves as a ghostly duo. They kept that act going for a while until the so-called Attitude Era of the late 1990s. When that ccame, the Undertaker became more a dark figure. Paul Bearer broke off his relationship with him to be with Mankind, and then left to support Kane, back to the Undertaker again and finally back to Kane lol.

      There was no other manager like him, I must say.

      1. Yeah I know,it’s a love/hate relationship with wrestling.lol Paul was a very unique character to say the least.lol I forgot he was also Percy,good catch. I was more of a Jimmy Hart fan myself.lol
        Since we’re on the subject,what do you think of characters like Slick the pimp and The Wild Samoans? You remember those guys?lol How about the fat crazy African,Kamala?lol As a kid I didn’t think much of it.But now as an adult can see how these are serious racist stereotypes. I can see how black children could see those images and internalize racist beliefs about themselves. But Vince McMahon didn’t care. All he cares about is money. Do you remember Tanaka,the Native American? With complete feathers and head gear! But then again Wahoo McDaniel did it 20 years prior.
        I guess my questions is do you think those stereotypes would play in wrestling today?

      2. Those names don’t sound too familiar, but there are/were black wrestlers called the Pope on TNA who’s a pimp. There’s R-Truth a thug rapper. And there was another pimp character called the Godfather. I vaguely remember a very recent tag-team duo called Crime Time, two black thug rapper wrestlers.

        Then, you have a wrestler called Tensai who’s a white dude with Japanese tattoos. He used to have a Japanese “manager” with him until he stopped appearing.

        So yes, those stereotypes are still a part of modern day wrestling. Then again, I wonder if it they were roles given to them, or did they come up with those roles on their own for popularity.

  2. Oh yeah one other wrestling note. Do you know WWE diva Victoria? I knew her in high school. She was a pretty cool girl. I think she’s in TNA now. She was a cheer leader and home coming queen. I never would have thought she would become a wrestler though. Small world right?lol

      1. If you google “WWE diva Victoria” it should come up. I think she debuted in 2002. She had fueds with Trish Stratus and Lita. As a matter of fact I remember she and Lita had the first women steel cage match. I think she held the women’s title at one time.

  3. Yeah I’ve seen Crime Time. Hard to believe they get away with that nonsense. I’ve seen Tensai a few times. These guys can be entertaining at times. But I still believe they reinforce negative stereotypes.
    And who could forget the Godfather and all his “ho’s”.lol I may be a bit older than you which is why you may not be familiar with those other wrestlers. You should go on YouTube and look up Kamala and Wild Samoans. You won’t believe your eyes!lol If I’m not mistaken one of the Wild Samoans is The Rock’s cousin. Can’t remember his name though. Also The Rock’s father was wrestler Rocky Johnson. He was inducted into the WWW Hall of Fame a few years ago. He and Tony Atlas were the first black men to win the tag team championship ever! Back then that was a pretty big deal.

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