|Paul Bearer (courtesy: WWE)
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Paul Bearer is one of those characters in wrestling you just have to associate with Halloween. I mean, heck his name is synonymous with death. He's an interesting character and he just won't go away. Well, maybe he's gone for good now, but I have a feeling we'll see him again.
Before he was Paul Bearer, I remember William Moody's other alter ego, Perry Pringle, very well. He was the bleach blond, flamboyant manager of "Ravishing" Rick Rude in World Class Championship Wrestling. I know Percy had been around before that, but it was in WCCW that I really remember him. And I despised him. I despised Rude too. Back then, I was all faces all the time, and of course Texas wrestling was known for the Von Erichs, whom I marked out for.
|Undertaker & Paul Bearer (from WWE)
|Warrior & Bearer (WWE)
Eventually Bearer and Undertaker would turn face and feud with the likes of Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Giant Gonzalez, and the Underfaker with Ted DiBiase. Remember that one? Ted DiBiase claimed to have the Undertaker in his Million Dollar Corporation, but it turned out to be an impostor (Brian Lee).
|Paul Bearer & Mankind (WWE)
|Death becomes him...
|On Edge (WWE)
Update: William Moody, the man behind the character of Paul Bearer, died on March 5, 2013. He will be missed.