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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steven Nyte Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/March/2013 at 19:14
Originally posted by Kondor Kondor wrote:

When it's all said and done, Paul Bearer/Percy Pringle is one of the most important managers of the past 40 years, right up there with Captain Lou Albano, Bobby The Brain Heenan, and Classy Freddie Blassie. He is obviously most famous as being the long time manager of The Undertaker in the WWF/E, and as said he also managed Kane and Mankind, and also Vader and the Executioner. In the World Class he managed Ravishing Rick Rude and a few others. 

I guess the one moment that stands out most to me right now is SummerSlam '96, when Bearer whacked The Undertaker with an urn and turned on him, siding with his opponent Mankind.

Bearer was always good at what he did, making his memorable facial expressions and holding the urn. Plus of course that voice, "The pooower of the urn!!" You never knew what side he would be on. In his last run in the WWE in 2010, he made it look like he was gonna help his old protege The Undertaker but ended up siding with Kane (and then was kidnapped by Edge.)

The reason as to why Bearer wasn't elected to the WWE Hall Of Fame is usually given as because he's mostly associated with The Undertaker; and The Undertaker was still active (albeit for the past few years part time.) But now I kind of wished they would have inducted him when he was still alive. He is a surefire bet to be inducted now in my opinion. 

Rest in peace. 


Well said. Rest in Peace, "Paul"
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote thundarr2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/March/2013 at 21:43
Bill Moody had a appeared at an indy show in Chicago on Feb. 23rd. He and Jerry Lawler were the special guests at the show.

 
From a couple of post he had made on his Paul Bearer Twitter account, I got the feeling that he only worked the show so that he could manage Buddy Roberts Jr. Moody had been friends with Freebird Buddy Roberts and clearly wanted to extend whatever help he could to the young Buddy Jr.'s burgeoning career.
 

My fist exposure to him was as Percival "Percy" Pringle III in World Class. But Percy worked is other promotions in the southeast.
 
As Percy in WCCW, USWA & CWF he managed guys like "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Stunning" Steve Austin, Lex Luger, Flamboyant Eric Embry, and Dingo Warrior (later Ultimate Warrior in WWF.) The list of wrestlers managed on Wikipedia is woefully incomplete.
 
It's important to pause and explain that back in those days of the early 1980s, especially in World Class, managers weren't just an on-screen performers. Most of them held backstage roles in what we would now call Creative or Producer roles. It was common for managers to travel the territory (by car) with wrestlers that they managed. The managers of those days worked with the 'boys' all the time.
 

 
In the NWA, Percy lead his stable the "Pringle Dynasty" through CWF. As the "Bossman" Percy Pringle, his stable included Rick Rude, the Missing Link, Jesse Barr (pre-Jimmy Jack Funk) and the Pretty Young Things (pre-WWF Koko Ware & Norvell Austin doing a Michael Jackson-impression.)
 
http://youtu.be/TA6Nzu8aubE
 
But for all his success in the NWA-territory system and all the stars he worked with, Bill Moody will always be most closely associated with Mark Calaway... the Undertaker.

 
http://youtu.be/UD6A8Bpm-so
Calaway's 1st match in WCCW was as the masked Texas Red. And he was managed by Percy Pringle.
 

We all know what Undertaker went on to accomplish within WWF/E. So it might be hard to imagine it, but yes there was once a time that the character wasn't a main eventer. The Undertaker was introduced to the WWF audience with manager Brother Love, but it was when Paul Bearer was brought in that the character truly took flight.
 
Originally posted by Jim Ross Jim Ross wrote:

As great as Taker’s run has been in WWE, arguably the most marvellous, long term run in WWE history, it would have not been the same without Paul Bearer being added to the presentation in the Phenom’s formative years.

 

With his experience, Moody provided the Undertaker with the creepy voice needed. Paul Bearer completed the character in the begining. He allowed the character to take hold and grow. He continued that role with the likes of Kane and Mankind.
 

Personally, I always expected that Moody would be inducted into the WWE HoF along with the Undertaker. I expect there is still concern that Calaway wouldn't want to break character and appear on stage. I think  management had hoped that Moody would appear to accept for him. Unforunately, now he won't be there to receive that overdue honor.
 
 


Edited by thundarr2000 - 06/March/2013 at 21:43
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/March/2013 at 23:32
there are plenty who could induct Moody, but yes, it wouldn't feel the same, have the same gavitas, if it wasn't Taker.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote soraroxasdude2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/March/2013 at 23:53
I now have word on William Moody's (Paul Bearer) cause of death. He died as a result of blood clot, a severe respiratory infection and a form of pancreatic cancer that he had no further knowledge of. He just attended a Cauliflower Alley Club reunion and club board member "Cowboy" Bob Kelly said that Moody was having breathing difficulties at the event, was coughing, and told friends he was going to seek treatment for respiratory problems. He also had trouble standing for long periods of time and by Monday, he had to use a wheelchair because he had no power to stand.
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And now we pay tribute to Paul Bearer with this (my friend made it) 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/March/2013 at 00:43
dude, you've been on long enough by now to know about double posting, especially in such a thread as this, and posting a link/video that doesn't work...
 
it's sad to hear he had so much wrong with him that caught up with him so quickly. the man was a legend, and his death should be a timely reminded to Vince the power that a manager has to get a talent over, especially if they have booking/creative ability too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote soraroxasdude2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/March/2013 at 01:31
I don't know what went wrong, but here is what I tried to post. (made by a friend)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrWoG-MTfwo


Edited by soraroxasdude2 - 07/March/2013 at 01:32
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/March/2013 at 01:40
My video I posted worked earlier too, but now apparently doesn't... /shrug

Sounds like Moody's time had just about come regardless of how he went out.
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I hope I go out a better way that Moody did, to be honest
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/March/2013 at 01:58
If you have Pancreatic Cancer, you're pretty much f**ked no matter how you die... I mean, aside from being lit on fire, or tortured to death or some crap like that, if you die of a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, any of that is better than dying the slow wasting death of cancer itself.
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