Percy Pringle broke into the mainstream professional wrestling business while working as a manager in the southeastern portion of the United States, but it was not until he linked up with the World Wrestling Federation and embraced the Paul Bearer character that he became a mainstay on national television and a figure known to even casual wrestling fans who occasionally tuned into television broadcasts. Bearer and the Undertaker would make what became one of the most famous pairings in the history of North American pro wrestling, and both played heel and babyface roles during their time spent in the WWF and in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Bearer was around for many of the more famous events in the history of the Undertaker character. The manager was front and center when the WWF introduced Kane to the world. Bearer was one of the big players in the creation of the “Ministry of Darkness” angle. When the Undertaker resumed his original character at WrestleMania XX for a match versus Kane, it was Bearer who brought the “Deadman” out from behind the curtain. The two went hand-in-hand for several years, and they were even on the opposite sides of several feuds that would eventually end with them reuniting.
Bearer, real name William Alvin Moody, sadly passed away in the spring of 2013, and the WWE paid tribute to the all-time great manager during an edition of television program Raw. The company also wrote Bearer's passing into a storyline involving Undertaker and CM Punk. Bearer likely would not have had it any other way. He was a lifer in the wrestling business, and thus the WWE involving him in one final feud was only fitting. There has never been a character in the business quite like Bearer, who truly was the perfect man to play the famous role.
10 Bearer was once just a fan
9 Bearer started as a photographer
8 Bearer worked for WWF/WWE behind the scenes
7 Bearer was honored by multiple organizations
6 Bearer managed many famous wrestlers
5 Bearer had his own “Hall of Fame”
4 WWE paid for Bearer's gastric bypass surgery
3 Bearer was an author
2 Bearer wrestled for a few years
1 He was a real-life funeral director
Moody had the perfect background to play the role of a manager for a wrestler named “Undertaker.” Bearer explained on his personal website that he made frequent visits to funeral homes during his time in the Air Force, and those journeys led him to become interested in the mortuary business. He began work as a funeral director almost immediately after he left the Air Force in the 1970s, nearly 15 years before Vince McMahon gave him a call regarding the Bearer character. People can find fate from time to time, but sometimes fate finds them as was the case for Bearer and his careers in and outside of the wrestling world.
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