Sad news from the professional wrestling world tonight, as the owner of the Funeral Parlor has passed away.
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer. 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. (via WWE.com)
Paul Bearer was one of the weirdest and most unforgettable characters in wrestling history, and the only way I can think of to honor is memory is to share some of the reasons why. Here's a collection of Bearer videos and pictures, which are best viewed alongside the very true fact that he'll be in our heads (and hearts) forever.
[videos via YouTube, photos via Online World of Wrestling]
Royal Rumble 92. Bearer goes off on one of his bizarre rants, and just before the camera zooms in on the Undertaker, you can see him laughing to himself. This is the best Paul Bearer clip, I think.
The best-ever Paul Bearer Undertaker entrance, from SummerSlam 94.
On 'Live With Regis and Kathie Lee.' Yes, this is as good as you hope it'll be.
At Home with Paul Bearer.
Paul's 2000 return, alongside a returning Kane. Jim Ross is so awesome in this clip.
Paul's big WWE return in 2010.
Here are a few episodes of "The Funeral Parlor," because oh man, these were great.
A little pre-Paul Bearer Percy Pringle, who was also pretty great.
Paul Bearer managing the Undertaker, long before either of them was them.