William Moody was an American professional wrestling manager and licensed funeral director. He is best known for his tenure with the World Wrestling Federation as the manager of The Undertaker. Moody also managed wrestlers such as Mankind and Undertaker’s storyline brother, Kane. Outside WWE, he was known by the name Percival \”Percy\” Pringle III and performed in various regional territories and promotions.
About Paul Bearer in brief
William Moody was an American professional wrestling manager and licensed funeral director. He is best known for his tenure with the World Wrestling Federation where he performed under the ring name Paul Bearer as the manager of The Undertaker. Moody also managed wrestlers such as Mankind and Undertaker’s storyline brother, Kane. Outside WWE, he was known by the name Percival \”Percy\” Pringle III and performed in various regional territories and promotions, as well as World Class Championship Wrestling. Moody was born in Mobile, Alabama, on April 10, 1954. He attended San Antonio College and the University of South Alabama. He entered the wrestling business in his teenage years as a ringside photographer. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving four years on duty; during this time, he often wrestled for independent promotions during off-duty hours. In 1984, he resumed full-time involvement in therestling business, using his Pringle character in Championship Wrestling from Florida. He notably managed Rick Rude, Steve Austin, and Mark Calaway in their early careers. As Percy Pringle, he also associated with the careers of Lex Luger, Eric Embry, and The Ultimate Warrior. He also hosted the WWF talk show segment entitled The Funeral Parlor, which included memorable segments such as the Ultimate Warrior being locked inside a casket, among others.
Bearer took on a spookier, ghastlier character. He was almost always seen bearing an urn, and whose catch phrase was \”Ohhh yyes!\” In April 1997 at In Your House 14: Revenge of the ‘Taker, the Undertaker set Bearer’s face ablaze using a fireball. In January 1991, Brother Love, who originally managed The undertaker, passed him on to be managed by Paul bearer. According to Bearer, Theundertaker accidentally killed his parents by setting the funeral home ablaze and caused his half-brother’s face to be bruised, burned and scarred. In April 1992, Bearer turned face, when Undertaker stopped former ally Jake \”The Snake\” Roberts from ambushing Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth with a chair backstage. Eventually Bearer betrayed his long-time protege at SummerSlam 1996 to align himself with The Underaker’s arch-enemy, Mankind, in order to take out undertaker. In December 1990, after being mentioned byRick Rude to WWF owner Vince McMahon, he joined the WWF as a manager. He played a very histrionic, ghostly manager, with a catch phrase of ‘Ohhh Yyes!’, a play on the term pallbearer. In his portrayal of the ghostly character, he made references to ‘the fires of hell’ and ‘the underworld’ Bearer also used the catch phrase ‘The Funeral parlor’ to refer to the WWF’s “Funeral Room” segment. He later left the WWF in 1998 to become an embalmer and mortician.