Professional wrestling is mourning the loss of Paul Bearer (real name Bill Moody). Bearer was a staple in the WWE as a manager during the initial rise of the Undertaker, who went on to become one of the promotion's biggest stars.
Yet while many mourn his passing, it was not just WWE's Paul Bearer who passed on. Lost was one of pro wrestling's greatest managers.
Before the Bearer era, Bill Moody dazzled as a manager in multiple territories. He frequented wrestling territories in Florida as well as World Class Championship Wrestling as the flamboyant, fast-talking Percival Pringle III. Carrying a cane in hand, Pringle was the louder, blonder version of the contrasting Paul Bearer character, but he was just as creepy.
Lex Luger and Rick Rude were among the standout talents managed by the effective mouthpiece, with a handful of other notables growing up under Bill Moody's watch.