It was shortly after 11:00 PM on Tuesday, March 5th when the news (http://wrestlechat.net/breaking-news-famous-wwe-manager-paul-bearer-aka-william-moody-59-passes-away/) first hit my Twitter newsfeed – William Moody, the legendary wrestling manager better known as Paul Bearer, has passed away at the age of 58. Like nearly every fan that ever had the privilege of seeing Bearer’s work, I was immediately hit with an awful feeling in my stomach. I was stunned; there wasn’t a single hint that Bearer’s health was as rapidly declining (http://wrestlechat.net/tmz-paul-bearer-was-coughing-and-couldnt-stand-at-this-past-weekends-cauliflower-alley-club-reunion/) as we now know. I was absolutely gutted that the manager of all managers during my lifetime was gone.
[adinserter block=”1″]It was February 1991 when Bearer first popped up on my TV. I was just 7 years old, but I immediately knew that the duo of Bearer and the Undertaker was a special one that would be around for a long time. “The Funeral Parlor” segments that Bearer hosted creeped me out then and, honestly, they still give me the chills now. I distinctly remember Jake “The Snake” Roberts slamming a casket lid on the Undertaker’s hand and the Ultimate Warrior getting locked in a coffin. Little did I know then that I was simply witnessing the first of thousands of memorable moments that would involve Paul Bearer.
With Bearer now in a much better place and an incredible legacy left behind, I feel it’s fitting to look back at some of the greatest, most memorable moments of his career. While Facebook, Twitter, and the radio waves are full of wrestling stars of the past and present commenting (http://wrestlechat.net/many-wrestling-personalities-comment-on-the-death-of-famous-manager-paul-bearer/) on the life of Paul Bearer, hopefully this walk down memory lane does the life and legacy of Paul Bearer justice. Here are, in my personal opinion, the top 10 greatest moments in the career of Paul Bearer.
10) Paul Bearer Gets Buried in Cement at the 2004 Great American Bash
9) The Undertaker Attacks Paul Bearer at His Home
8) Paul Bearer Turns on The Undertaker at SummerSlam 1996
7) Paul Bearer Returns With Kane to Help Team WWE Fight of DX and the Radicalz
6) Paul Bearer Returns to WWE for the Final Time in 2010
5) Any of Paul Bearer’s Funeral Parlor Segments (Here’s my personal favorite)
4) Paul Bearer Returns With Undertaker at WrestleMania 20
3) Paul Bearer Says Kane is Alive & Debuts With Him at Badd Blood
2) Paul Bearer and The Undertaker’s Memorable Entrance at SummerSlam 1994
1) Paul Bearer gets Introduced to the World for the First Time by Brother Love
[adinserter block=”2″]I hope you enjoyed this list. There are literally hundreds of memories that could be added to this, but these are the ones that come to my mind the most. Please join us in remembering the life of Paul Bearer by posting your personal favorite Paul Bearer moment in the comments below.
Thanks for the memories, Paul.
May you Rest in Peace.
Brett Clendaniel, Jr. is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of WrestleChat.net and a member of the CamelClutchBlog family since the first month it opened. Follow WrestleChat on Twitter at @WrestleChatNet.
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