With the sad loss of Paul Bearer (William Moody) in the last few days, it will forever be enshrined in WWE folklore that his character passed away after being left in an industrial freezer.
Such a devilishly devious end to the legendary manager’s time with the company is rather appropriate—especially as his end was at the hands of Kane, who Bearer brought to the WWE so many years ago.
Of course, this is not the only memorable departure Paul Bearer has had from the WWE. He had a short timeout before the arrival of Kane after Undertaker burnt Bearer’s face with a fireball. Several years later, Bearer left the WWE again after being buried in cement by The Deadman.
His final long-term return in the early 2010s would see his character go through a series of simulated final moments as Edge tormented Kane. His final departure that time around would come at the hands of his “son” Kane after being pushed off a ladder.
Paul Bearer is not the only person to suffer a bizarre exit from WWE television.
This list is comprised of five of the oddest ways wrestlers have had their final moments with the company. These final, full-time departures have gone down in WWE history due to their strangeness.
It could be argued that a memorable departure is greater than being quietly dismissed. This rather depends on whether it is worth the humiliation involved.