Thursday, February 6, 2014

Paul Bearer Tribute



Oh Yeaaaaaah

I have always been a big fan of the Managers of Pro Wrestling and even bigger fan of gimmicks in wrestling and the most bizarre and all-time great is Paul Bearer.  In the 1980s I was a Macho Man fan and that means i was a Hugh fan of his manager Miss Elizabeth.. Once the 1980s was over and we entered a new era of pro wrestling in the 1990's. We were introduced to the Undertaker who had Paul Bearer as his manager.. I was hooked from day one and Undertaker became my new obsession in the WWE which means Paul Bearer was a big part in that obsession. The thing about managers is when you look at the other greats such as Jimmy Hart, Bobby the Brain, and even Sensational Sherri at ringside you know that they will have a part in the match almost every time they are at ringside but when you see Miss Elizabeth or Paul Bearer at ringside, it’s almost unpredictable to know if they will get involved or not, but when they do it makes it special and the building erupts. For example, one of my favorite Undertaker matches was the WWF Royal Rumble 1994 when Taker faced Yokozuna in a casket match and Yokozuna two managers Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette stole Paul Bearer’s urn that was the key strength to the Undertaker’s power and unknown to what Paul bearer was going to do, he surprised the world by taking out both of them and taking back what was his. That had to be one of my favorite Paul Bearer moments at ringside. During the early years of Insane Plan.. I was looking for a legend to interview as I wasn’t having much luck being new to the business and a mutual friend of mine suggested that he would have Paul bearer agree to do an interview and explain to the man himself that I am new and he would be a perfect subject for me to learn the art of interviewing. Believe it or not, I turned it down for several reasons and that includes of his legendary status in wrestling and I didn’t think I was ready for a Big name on Insane Plan… Leilani Kai was the only big name on Insane Plan and she was the main key to help Insane Plan off the ground. But when Paul bearer came along and agreed… it was one of the most OMG moments on insane plan. Although now I look back on it, I’m like geeze the interview could be better but Paul bearer knew I was green in the field and had patience and was very kind and good to me when we worked together on the interview… I ended up contacting him for a 2nd interview several years later in hopes to replace the first could be better interview  and although he agreed, he had to back out due to his new deal with WWE bringing him back in 2010. I ended up working with his son DJ Pringle on a 2008 interview and booking him through the site as he was an up and comer in wrestling… you know he was raised right as he was also very kind and well respected when I came into contact with him. Once I learned of Bearer’s death, Ironically I found out on the Miss Elizabeth Fan page on Facebook.. I was devastated, I couldn’t shake off that shocking feeling of not wanting to believe he passed and I immediately had a Paul Bearer night youtubing his career and watching videos from all his eras in wrestling including his last run with the WWE in 2010, which by the way should be voted comeback of the year when no spoilers or internet dirt sheets had a clue about the return of Paul Bearer and when he did by laying in a closed casket… a big pop from the crowd… it gave me chills! However I am for one to always make sure the memories of these legends live on, but how WWE does it, is very tasteless. Reminds me of the whole Eddy Guerrero story line after his death… it’s one thing to continue the memory but to make a mockery of his death is just cruel!



Career Timeline


1974


--June, Paul bearer debuts in wrestling under the name Mr X against Michael Hendrich



1975

--Last year in the Air Force


1976

--Honorably discharged from the Air Force



1977


--February 3, Mike George beat Percy Pringle



1978

--April 10, William Moody managed Mongolians and adopted the Percival “Percy” Pringle the 3rd Name

--December 22nd, Moody married his wife Dianna



1979

--July 28, after a five week tour of Japan, Moody & Dianna’s son Michael Thomas was born

        

1980



--Lennie Hawkins a.k.a "Marvelous"Marcel Pringle, Percy Pringle "cousin" Started using the Pringle Name


1981



--January, finished his degree and received his funeral service licences


1982



--Working Full-time as a Funeral Director


1983



--Moved to Mississippi to continue his work as a funeral director




1984



--Percy Pringle Managed Texas red that would later be known as the Undertaker in his debut match against Bruiser Brody in world Class Championship Wrestling



1985


--January 15, Percy Pringle resumed full time in pro wrestling

--September, Percy Pringle debuts Lex Luger in championship wrestling from Florida, managing him in his first professional wrestling match



1986



--Percy Pringle got hired as a manager in world class championship wrestling as Percy Pringle the 3rd



1987



--January 8, Moody and Dianna’s 2nd son Daniel Joseph was born



1988



--Percy Pringle & Eric Embry won the control of Texas wrestling and torn down the WCCW banner and hanging up the USWA banner ending a era and beginning a new era.


1989


--Moody co-authored a book with Dennis Brent inside secrets on how to enter the exciting world of wrestling



1990


--December 22nd, by the recommendation of Rick Rude, WWF signed Moody to a Contract



1991


--February, Paul Bearer debuts in the WWF on the Brother Love Show who originally managed the Undertaker was introduced as his new manager


--March 24, The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat Superfly Jimmy Snuka in Paul Bearer & The Undertaker's first WrestleMania appearance..

--August 26, The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) interrupts Macho Man Randy Savage & Miss Elizabeth's wedding at Summer Slam 1991



--November 27, The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat Hulk Hogan at the 1991 Survivor Series


--December 3, Hulk Hogan beat The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) at Tuesday in Texas



1992


--January 19, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) enter the royal rumble at #20 which was won by Ric Flair (with Mr. Perfect)

-- April 5, The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) Beat Jake the Snake Roberts at wrestlemania 8

--August 29, The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat Kamala (w/Kimchee & Harvy Wippleman) in a casket match at Summer Slam 1992

--November 25, The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat Kamala (w/Harvy Wippleman & Kim Chee) at survivor series



1993


--January 24, Royal Rumble…The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) enter the Royal Rumble at #15 which was won by Yokozuna (w/Mr fuji)

--April 4, Wrestlemania 9….The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat Giant Gonzolias (w/Harvy Wippleman)

--August 30, Summer Slam……The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat Giant Gonzolias (w/Harvy Wippleman) in a RIP Match

--November 24, Survivor Series….The All-Americans (Lex Luger, The Undertaker, Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) (with Paul Bearer) defeated The Foreign Fanatics (Yokozuna, Crush, Ludvig Borga and Quebecer Jacques) (with Jim Cornette, Johnny Polo, and Mr. Fuji).



1994


--January 22, Royal Rumble…..Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornett) beat Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) in a Casket Match


--August 29, Summer Slam…..The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat The Undertaker (w/Ted Dibiase) 

--November 23, Survivor Series…..The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornett in a Casket Match (Chuck Norris as guest enforcer)



1995


--January 22, Royal Rumble…..The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Irwin R. Schyster (with Ted DiBiase)

--April 2, Wrestlemania 11….The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) beat King Kong Bundy (w/Ted Dibiase)

--June 25, King of the Ring…..Mabel (with Mo) defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer)

--August 26, Summer Slam….The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Kama (with Ted DiBiase)

--November 19, Survivor Series the Dark side (The Undertaker, Savio Vega, Fatu and Henry Godwinn) (with Paul Bearer) defeated The Royals (King Mabel, Jerry Lawler, Isaac Yankem and Hunter Hearst Helmsley) (with Sir Mo)

--December 17, In your house: Seasons beatings Undertaker with Paul Bearer beat Mable with Mo in a casket match



1996


--January 21, Royal Rumble, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Bret Hart by disqualification

--March 31, Wrestlemania 12, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Diesel

--May 26, In Your House: Beware of dog, Goldust (with Marlena) defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer)

--May 28, In Your House: Beware of dog, due to the power outage from the May 26 event, WWF Repeated the PPV Goldust (with Marlena) defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer)

--June 23, King of the Ring, Mankind defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer)

--July 21, in your house: In your house: international incident, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Goldust (with Marlena) by disqualification



--August 18, Summer Slam, Mankind defeated the Undertaker with Paul Bearer after Paul bearer turned on his longtime companion



--September 22, In your house: Mind Games, Shawn Michaels (with Jose Lothario) defeated Mankind (with Paul Bearer) by disqualification



--October 20, In Your House 11, The Undertaker defeated Mankind (with Paul Bearer)

--November 17, Survivor series, The Undertaker defeated Mankind (with Paul Bearer)



--December 15 In Your House 12, The Undertaker defeated The Executioner (with Paul Bearer)



1997


--January 17, Royal Rumble, Paul Bearer Interfered in the undertaker vs Vader match



--February 17, In Your House: Final Four, Bret Hart defeated Steve Austin, Vader (with Paul Bearer), and The Undertaker

--March 23, Wrestlemania 13, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog fought Mankind and Vader (with Paul Bearer) to a double count out.

--April 20, In Your House: Revenge of the Taker, The Undertaker defeated Mankind (with Paul Bearer) the Undertaker set ablaze of a fireball in the face of Paul Bearer

--June 8, King of the ring, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Faarooq (with Crush, Savio Vega, D'Lo Brown, and Clarence Mason)

--July 6, Canadian Stampede, The Undertaker defeated Vader (with Paul Bearer)




--October 5, In your House Badd Blood, Paul Bearer debuted The Undertaker’s half Brother Kane who came down during the Taker’s match against Shawn Michaels

--November 9, Survivor Series, Kane (with Paul Bearer) defeated Mankind 

--November 14, WWF House Show, Insane Live report, Kane (with Paul Bearer) came down to watch the Taker vs Shawn Michaels (with Triple H & Chyna)



1998


--January 11, WWF House Show, Insane Plan’s Live report, Kane (with Paul Bearer) beat Chainz


 --January 18, Royal Rumble,  Kane & Paul Bearer interfered in the Undertaker vs Shawn Michales (w/Triple H & Chyna)


--February 15, WWF No way out of Texas, Kane (with Paul Bearer) defeated Vader

--March 29, Wrestlemania 14, The Undertaker defeated Kane (with Paul Bearer)

--April 26, In Your House: Unforgiving, The Undertaker beat Kane (with Paul Bearer) in an inferno match when kane was set on fire

--April 27, WWE Monday night Raw, Paul Bearer revealed Kane as his Son




--May 31, Over The Edge, Kane (with Paul Bearer) defeated Vader

--June 28, King of the ring, Kane (with Paul Bearer) defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin in a cell in the cell



--July 26, fully Loaded, The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Kane and Mankind (with Paul Bearer)

--September 27, Break Down, Undertaker vs Kane.. Steve Austin as guest referee… Paul Bearer came out 

--November 21st, Survivor Series, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Kane

--December 13, Rock Bottom, Steve Austin beat The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) in a Buried alive match

--Pro Wrestling Illustrated Manager of the year



1999


--March 28, Wrestlemania 15, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated The Big Boss Man in a cell in the cell after the Brood including gangrel came down

--April 25, Unforgiving, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Ken Shamrock, later in the event, Undertaker kidnaps Stephanie Mcmahon




--April 26, Undertaker had an unholy wedding to Stephanie McMahon which was hosted by Paul Bearer until Stone Cold Steve Austin came down to make the save and stop the wedding

--May 10th, Raw, Big Show vs Paul Bearer ended in a no contest when Show called out the Undertaker

--May 23, over the edge, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin

--June 29, King of the ring, The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated The Rock

--August 22, SummerSlam, The Unholy Alliance (The Undertaker and The Big Show) (with Paul Bearer) defeated X-Pac and Kane



2000


--February 27, No Way Out, X-Pac (with Tori) defeated Kane (with Paul Bearer)

--April 2, Wrestlemania 16, Rikishi & Kane (with Paul Bearer) beat Degeneration X (with Tori)



2001


--August 2, Paul Bearer’s wife Dianna is diagnose with breast cancer and under goes surgery



2002


--October 14, Paul Bearer left the WWF

--December 2, Percy Pringle debuts in NWA-TNA



2003


--January 14, Percy Pringle makes his last appearance for NWA/TNA

--June 12, Insane Plan Interviews Percy Pringle making him the 2nd mainstream star to be interviewed about his career in wrestling for the site, he discuss his past and present of the WWE

--October 3, Jim Ross Contacted Paul bearer to rejoin the company and at first refused the offer but signed the contract with the stipulation that the WWE pays for his gastric bypass surgery

--November 25, Paul Bearer underwent Gastric Bypass Surgery



2004


--March 14, Wrestlemania 20, Paul Bearer returns to the WWE managing the Undertaker against Kane

--May 16, Judgment Day, Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) beats Booker T

--May 27, Smack-down, The Dudley Boyz abducted Paul bearer and threw him in the trunk of their car



--June 27, Great American Bash, The undertaker beat the Dudley Boyz (with Paul Heyman) in a Handi Cap Match, if the Dudley Boyz win.. The Undertaker’s manager Paul Bearer would be buried in cement.. However the Undertaker pulled the lever after he won



2005


--April 11, WWE Decided to release Paul Bearer from his contract

--Paul Bearer opened up his own indy show called Gulf South Wrestling in his hometown of Mobile Alabama

--June 8, Paul Bearer announced he signed a new deal with the WWE to allow them to market his personality



2006

--May 16, Paul Bearer announced on his official Blog, his indy promotion gulf south wrestling is officially closed

--August 5, WWF House show, The Miz introduces Paul Bearer in his hometown of Mobile Al,,



2007


--January, WWE held a house show in Paul Bearer’s hometown of Mobile, AL and made an appearance reuniting with the brothers of destruction

--April 11, Paul Bearer was featured in where are they Now section of the WWE Website and stated he lost 240 pounds



2008


--Insane Pan interviews “The Future” DJ pringle about his career in wrestling as well as growing up with a father like Paul Bearer



2009


--Dianna, The wife of Paul Bearer passes away due to breast cancer



2010


--April 24, MWF Soul Survivor 6, Paul Bearer managed John Layfeild Bradshaw & “Stalker” Dylan Kage against Iron Sheik & Jay Lethal in Sheik’s retirement Match



--September 24, WWE Smackdown, Paul Bearer returned to the WWE after six years away in a casket to help the undertaker in his feud against Kane



--October 3rd, WWE Hell and the Cell, Kane Beat the Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) when Paul Bearer turned on the Undertaker

--October 25, Bragging Rights, Kane with Paul bearer beat the Undertaker in a Buried Alive Match



--November 12, Edge abducts Paul Bear and straps him in a wheelchair

--December 10, Edge lured Kane into accidentally killing Paul bearer thus writing Paul Bearer out of story lines



2011

--WWE  introduces Paul Bearer as a Playable Character in WWE Allstars

 2012


--April 2012, Paul Bearer returned to the WWE one last final time when Randy Orton had him kidnapped and trapped him in the freezer

--October 12, PWS, Paul Bearer reunited with Vader as his manager against Rikishi in Rahway, NJ


2013

--March 2nd, Paul Bearer appeared at the Gulf Wrestling reunion and was having breathing difficulties and seek treatment… they said he was treated for a blood clot

--March 5, Paul Bearer died at the age of 58



--March 11, Raw was held as a tribute to Paul Bearer, The Undertaker paid tribute but was interrupted by his wrestlemania 29 opponent CM Punk



--April 1st, Raw, CM Punk dressed as a Druid and his manager Paul Heyman dressed as Paul Bearer, while taker attacked the wrong druid, CM Puck attacked him from behind and spilled Paul Bearer’s ashes on the undertaker

--April 7, Wrestlemania 29, Undertaker beat CM Punk (with Paul Heyman) after the match, Taker claimed Paul bearer’s urn and dedicated his victory to the memory of Paul Bearer




2014



--March 3, on an episode of WWE Raw, it was announced that Paul Bearer would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

--April 5, Kane the long-time Protege and story-line son of the late Paul Bearer inducts Paul Bearer into the WWE Hall of fame speaking of his career, and stands by the Brothers of Destruction story line as the greatest story line in WWE History...Paul Bearer's Two Sons DJ Pringle & Michael Pringle accepts the honor by thanking his fans for allowing them to share his father with them and leaves with the message of OHHH YEAH!!!, Immediately after, The Undertaker comes out in character to pay tribute to Paul Bearer on the big screen

--April 6, Wrestlemania 30, Paul Bearer was introduced as a member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014

---The Same Night at Wrestlemania 30, The Undertaker lost his wrestlemania streak to Brock Lesner after 21 Wrestlemania wins...  

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