Usually I enjoy these short looks at wrestling icons, but today in not the case. Yesterday, March 5th, 2013, Bill Moody, better known to fans worldwide as Paul Bearer, passed at the age of 58. The longtime manager of The Undertaker, he also managed Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Mankind, Kane, Lex Luger, and the Ultimate Warrior. He was greatly respected in the business, both for his accumen, and more importantly, for his good nature and attitude behind the curtain.
Originally he was a ringside photographer, and then began managing in the South as Percy Pringle III. After the birth of his first son in 1979, he decided to leave the business and trained as a funeral director and embalmer. He returned to wrestling 1984, oncde again as Percy Pringle. Rick Rude recommended him to Vince McMahon in 1990 and the rest, as they say, is history. Brother Love, the Undertaker’s original manager, passed him on to the ghost faced Paul Bearer and his mystical urn in 1991. Over the next 11 years, his shrill, “Ohhh yesssss!” would excite fans worldwide.
Bill Moody is survived by his 2 sons, Micheal and Daniel (who currently wrestles as DJ Pringle), and will be sorely missed. I expect a tribute from the WWE on their next broadcast. I had the great pleasure of meeting him for the first time this past November and found him to be everything I had ever heard he was and more.
Here’s a little something to remember him by…..