WWE have confirmed that legendary wrestling manager Paul Bearer will be inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2014.
Bearer, real name William Moody, passed away earlier this year at the age of 58.During his long and distinguished wrestling career, Moody was pivotal in the creation, delivery and performances of The Undertaker – helping turn his protege into one of the greatest stars in the history of the business.
As well as playing a crucial role in Taker’s career, Bearer also managed his storyline brother Kane, Mick ‘Mankind’ Foley and a number of other wrestlers, both in WWE and on the independent circuit. His presence at ringside with an urn and his eerie look and vocal delivery were perfect and harked back to the much missed wrestling managers of old.
After leaving the screen, Moody stayed faithful to WWE – working backstage and making media and personal appearances. The 2014 Hall of Fame event will take place the day before WrestleMania 30. Speculation is rife as to who will induct Paul Bearer, with many speculating that Undertaker will break character to deliver a heartfelt speech. Moody’s long-time friend and current WWE creative head honcho Michael Hayes and Vince McMahon himself are also in the running.