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 Posted: Wed Mar 6th, 2013 03:39 am
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RIP Bill Moody AKA Percy Pringle and Paul Bearer.

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**OOOOOHHHH, NOOOOOOO...**

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I just watched a Prime Time skit where he demonstrated his embalming procedures on a Resusci-Annie and then the "cadaver" of one Lord Alfred Hayes. Even by the standards of the live-audience Prime Time and Tuesday Night Titans before, it was an utterly bizarre segment.

I don't know the relevance of that, I just found it striking and it was the first thing that came to mind. I won't excuse all of his conduct on message boards but he seemed to be Schire-like in that the real-life Pringle was a different, much nicer dude. He was as big of a wrestling fan as any of us.

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How exactly do we know he's squished? After all, we weren't there.

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Here's a recent picture taken about 2 weeks ago:



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Just met him a little over a week ago with Lawler at an Indy show. I only got Lawler's autograph as I had no desire for his. Still sad though. RIP.



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I know he was not real popular here but at least keep Kane in your thoughts and prayers. It's not easy losing a parent.



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I hate to say it, but did anybody have him in the dead pool?




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So is his funeral going to be open to the "marks", or is it just for people in the "biz"?

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RIP...He was good as Percy Pringle and Great as Paul Bearer. 



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We are heartbroken to report the passing of William "Paul Bearer" Moody, one of the top managers of the 1980s and 1990s. He would have been 59 next month. Details aren't known as of this writing, but Moody had openly told several that he hadn't been feeling well for some time. He had pulled himself off some of his regular bookings next month, citing that he wasn't feeling well.

Moody was a lifelong wrestling fan (he and Michael Hayes were friends way before either broke into the business) before breaking in the Gulf Coast area as a photographer. After serving in the military, he returned to pro wrestling as a manager in Championship Wrestling from Florida, Percy Pringle III, not realizing at the time that he was indeed the third person to use the name.

Pringle would move onto World Class Championship Wrestling, where his high pitched promos, heavyset body and platinum blonde hair provided the perfect foil for the buff, cut, ripped, chiseled and jacked Rick Rude, who had a run as the World Class champion. He also managed the Dingo Warrior, who would go on to morph into the more famous Ultimate Warrior.

Amazingly, the Pringle character would eventually turn babyface, aligning with Eric Embry in his war against Skandar Akbar's Devastation, Inc. during a storyline that saw the USWA name replace the WCCW name during a time period where the Jarretts took over control of the company from the Von Erichs. While the storyline was entertaining as hell (and still holds up today), it was also the last hurrah for the promotion and in some ways, Texas wrestling.

In 1990, Pringle signed with WWE (WWE actually signed Konnan the same day, although his run was much shorter) and was immediately paired with The Undertaker after being re-christened as Paul Bearer. With jet black hair and ghoulish make-up, Moody was the perfect mouthpiece and mascot for the Undertaker during the heyday of Taker's undead persona, leading the way to the ring while carrying the mystical urn that held the power of the Undertaker.

The two were immediately inseparable as an act. Moody was in many ways born to play the role, as he was, in real life, an actual mortician, a job he returned to after leaving WWE full-time.

We all know the story. The streak. WWF title runs. Feuds with Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Mankind and any and every major name that came through the WWF and WWE doors from 1990 on. The duo were made to be together.

But in pro wrestling, nothing is ever forever and WWF actually booked Pringle to turn on Undertaker to side with Mick Foley's Mankind. The heel turn led to the introduction of another of WWE's longest tenured performers, Kane, who was the illegitimate son of Paul Bearer and Undertaker's mother in a story so convoluted that WWE jumped back and forth over the lines of good taste and continuity in order to tell it.

In the end, Undertaker went back to the dark side and was reunited with Bearer again. The pair remained together until 2000 when Moody was removed from TV and worked for the company as a talent scout and road agent/producer. He eventually left and made some forgotten appearances in TNA.

WWE wanted him back but Moody initially refused, citing his weight. It had gotten away from him and he was morbidly obsese, by his own admission. WWF signed him and paid for Moody to undergo gastric bypass surgery. Moody would tell everyone that WWE saved and lengthened his life with the surgery.

The Bearer persona returned with the return of the undead version of the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 20. Fittingly, it was against Kane. He remained with Taker until a silly storyline where he was kidnapped by Paul Heyman and the Dudley Boyz that climaxed with Bearer trapped in a concrete crypt and if Undertaker didn't agree to lose to the Dudleys, a switch would be thrown, filling the chamber. Undertaker won the match, then flipped the switch, effectively killing off the character, although since WWE didn't "do" murder - the explanation was that Bearer was badly hurt and he was written off.

Moody was done with the company at that point, but returned to once again turn on Undertaker during a storyline feud with Kane during another reprisal of that feud. This led to a storyline where Edge later kidnapped him to torment Kane. Beyond a few cameos for comedic purposes, including a funny bit where Kane left him trapped in a meat freezer, the Bearer character was not used again.

Moody was still active, however on the indy scene, working as a manager and appearing at different conventions and signings. He popped up in ROH for a show and filmed a number of excellent DVD interviews about his career. He was a regular on Championship Wrestling from Hollywood TV. He tried his hands at promoting independently in the Gulf Coast and was very proud of his son, Michael, getting into the business. He regularly conversed with fans via Twitter, Facebook and his website. Through it all, he loved pro wrestling as much as he did when he was just a fan.

There are going to be a lot of people very saddened by Moody's passing and with good reason. He was loved by just about everyone. I talk to a lot of wrestlers and all of them have gripes and complaints about each other, promoters, etc. I can't remember one negative thing ever said about the man. In pro wrestling, that's pretty damn rare.

If there is one silver lining, it's that Moody is no longer left behind by his late wife Diana, who passed away following a long battle with cancer. Moody spoke often and lovingly of her and how much he missed her, both privately and publicly during interviews. There was an obvious sadness and pain that he never recovered from after she passed away. One can only hope they are happily reunited in whatever the next world truly is.

There's no doubt that Percy, as everyone called him, left a unique, colorful mark on the world of pro wrestling. More importantly, he left as much of a mark on everyone he encountered. He was a good man. For all of that and so much more that can't ever be properly conveyed with words, we thank him. We will deeply miss him here at PWInsider.com, where he was a very good friend and supporter of the site.

We'd like to again express our deepest condolences to Percy's friends, family and fans. He was one of a kind.



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A number of stars within the wrestling world took to Twitter overnight to pay tribute to the late William "Paul Bearer" Moody.  Here is just a sample of those comments:

Bret Hart: "Goodbye to a good friend, Paul Bearer. Say hi to Owen for me."  

Triple H: "Rest in peace, Paul Bearer. You will never be forgotten. There will never be another."
Michelle McCool: "#RIPPaulBearer ....you always made me smile. Great entertainer, even better man! We love you & will forever miss you! God bless..."

Ted DiBiase Sr: "The wrestling world lost a good man today and I lost a good friend. Paul Bearer, rest in peace my friend"  

Jeff Jarrett: "Sad, sad news… Percy my friend, I will always cherish our friendship we shared over the years… Since 88? you've always made me smile From the 1st time we shared our love of country music or our love of this business, you always put that "Perciville perspective" on things.. R I P Percy… Love ya my friend…"  

Edge: "Very sad to hear about William Moody/Paul Bearer. Such a sweet man, and my friend. My condolences to his family. I'll miss ya Uncle Paul"

Dusty Rhodes: "R.I.P. Paul , always a Pro. And a real kind man , may your family be strong , and you be with God"

Stephanie McMahon: "#RIPPaulBearer"  

Dixie Carter: "Our condolences go out to the many family, friends and fans of William Moody. A great performer in our industry."

The Honky Tonk Man: "Saddened to hear of my pal Paul Bearer passing away. I was informed a few moments after he silently went. A great fellow has gone"

Kevin Nash: "R.I.P my friend,you will never be replaced.Not to late to add to the HOF"

Kofi Kingston: "Very saddened to hear about the passing of Paul Bearer. What a good dude. Condolences to his family."

Wade Barrett: "RIP Paul Bearer. A legendary performer and a very nice chap."

AJ Lee: "#RIPPaulBearer When I first met Paul Bearer I completely marked out & he was kind enough to humor me. So sweet & humble. Such a legend."

Michael McGillicutty: "Sad to hear the loss of Paul Bearer. He was always very friendly to me and very passionate about this business. He will be missed."

Tensai: "RIP Paul. A good man and an asset to this business and locker room. Always brought a smile to people's faces. You'll be missed."

Bill DeMott: "So sad the news about the great Paul Bearer (William), always the gentleman and pro! Thank you for being my friend-you will be missed!"

Sean Waltman: "I'll miss you William Moody. George Jones on the radio & Jack Daniels. His crazy sense of humor.I laughed more to him than just about any1."

Beth Phoenix: "Condolences to the family of Paul Bearer...kind soul who entertained so many for so long. You remain in our prayers always."

Ezekiel Jackson: "#RIPPaulBearer didn't get to spend much time with him but the one day at lunch in Calgary will go in my book if I ever wrote one. #Godspeed"

Ricardo Rodriguez: "You always spoke very highly of me and I can not thank you enough for that! That you! #RIPPaulBearer"

Justin Roberts: "Very sad night. RIP Paul Bearer, a man I grew up watching on tv and was lucky enough to have later on, as a friend."

Ted DiBiase Jr: "Losing one of our own @WWE feels like losing a family member. Thank you for the memories Paul! God Bless #RIPPaulBearer"

Tara: "I am deeply saddened to hear that Paul Bearer has passed away. He will be deeply missed. May he rest In peace"

Shane Helms: "I've never heard one bad thing said about Paul. In this biz, that's extremely rare. It says a lot about the man."

Sean Waltman: "I'm so at a loss right for words right now. I've known him since 1995 & I can't get myself together enough to write anything at the moment."



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None of you are allowed to comment on this death because you weren't there.

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bpickering wrote: There are going to be a lot of people very saddened by Moody's passing and with good reason. He was loved by just about everyone. I talk to a lot of wrestlers and all of them have gripes and complaints about each other, promoters, etc. I can't remember one negative thing ever said about the man. In pro wrestling, that's pretty damn rare.


PWInsider has often said things like this about him.  I frankly find it hard to believe but maybe he somehow wasn't as big a prick in real life.  For his sake, I hope not.  He certainly wasn't loved by everybody though.  Anyway I hope he's at peace and has left the bitterness and anger behind.  And I'll try to remember the character I saw on WCCW and WWF who provided some entertainment rather than the man I had regrettable message board contact with. 



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tofu_chipmunk wrote: None of you are allowed to comment on this death because you weren't there.
My sadness over Moody's death is over.  Tofu's back!  Way to upstage a guy's death thread, asshole.



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