The wrestling world is still mourning its resident mortician, “Paul Bearer”. He died last Tuesday evening in a Mobile, Alabama hospital. It is unclear what caused his death but many sources point to his long history of health issues relating to morbid obesity and matters of the gallbladder.
William “Bill” Moody, 58, joined the WWE in 1990 introducing famous wrestlers and working alongside the likes of The Undertaker, Mankind, and Kane (the undertaker’s brother). His scary “Paul Bearer” routine was based off of his actual career as a mortician. His hysterical facial expressions and high voice yelling is highly impersonated among WWE fans who found Paul Bearer’s intimidation technique to be highly entertaining.
The WWE’s resident mortician entered the scene as The Undertaker’s manager, wearing a black suit, white makeup and thick black hair, eyebrows and mustache while carrying an gold urn. He later turned against his protégé, threatening to reveal the Undertakers “secret” and using his brother Kane against him in the ring.
“Paul Bearer” soon got his own talk show segment, hosted by WWE and rightfully titled “The Funeral Parlor”. The show took place in a dark foggy room with the mortician interviewing wrestlers while standing in front of a closed casket.
In the opening segment of Mondays Night Raw, The Undertaker paid tribute to his friend, Bill, by walking toward the ring and holding the infamous gold urn, previously owned by Paul Bearer.
The WWE released a statement:
“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.”
Hulk Hogan tweeted:
“Very sad about Paul Bearer, he was a great person and one of the original boys, he was what made wrestling great much love much respect HH.”