PWInsider.com (h/t WrestlingInc.com) reported that Paul Bearer should be a “lock” for WWE Hall of Fame induction next year in New Orleans. The report also states there is a push for The Undertaker to induct him:
There will be talk at WWE headquarters this week about whether or not The Undertaker should do the induction. Taker never appears at the Hall of Fame to keep in character but there's a feeling that he should do the honors for Bearer for obvious reasons.
Bearer, aka William Moody, died in March at the age of 58. His death played a huge role in the storyline of Undertaker’s WrestleMania 29 match against CM Punk.
As everyone recalls, Punk stole the urn that Bearer carried with him throughout his tenure with WWE. That urn was reported to have a mystical control over Undertaker.
On the Raw go-home show before WrestleMania 29, Punk attacked Undertaker with the urn and dumped what was implied to be Bearer’s ashes all over him. But it was Undertaker who got the last laugh, beating Punk to keep his unbeaten WrestleMania streak going and regaining possession of the urn.
According to the report, one name mentioned as a stand-in for Undertaker at the induction is Michael “P.S.” Hayes, a longtime friend of Moody’s.
While that might be true, it seems that the only other logical choice to induct Bearer would be Kane, Undertaker’s storyline half-brother and Bearer’s storyline son. Kane has spoken at past ceremonies and was chosen as the one to induct Drew Carey into the hall’s “celebrity wing.”
Better yet, maybe the “Brothers of Destruction” could reunite on stage to honor their manager and friend.
Hopefully, Undertaker will go against his tradition and speak on Bearer's behalf. He undoubtedly deserves to be part of the induction. Anything short of him not being there would not feel right.
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