It's been reported that Paul Bearer is already slated to for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame next year. Now, it's being reported that The Undertaker may be joining his long-time manager to headline the class.
According to Wrestling Observer (h/t Rajah.com), WWE has long wanted to induct both Undertaker and Bearer together, and with the latter's unfortunate passing this spring, it appears 2014 will be the time and New Orleans will be the place.
Both men have always been slam-dunk picks for the Hall of Fame. Bearer is one of the most iconic managers in wrestling history and was critical to the development of The Undertaker and Kane as legends. For long stretches after their debuts, neither the Undertaker or Kane cut promos. Bearer was the mouthpiece for each demonic, gothic character and helped connect the brooding stars with the crowd.
Debuting as a heel, Bearer became so beloved that the crowd wouldn't boo him. He was so beloved that instead of him turning on Undertaker or Kane, the roles were switched. Bearer has famously been dropped off the side of buildings and left in freezers to die. He was buried in cement, but kept coming back.
The story of Paul Bearer's character is almost as winding and wacky as the legends he managed.
The Undertaker is an obvious choice. It wasn't a matter of if he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but when. There are some that would argue the Undertaker is the greatest of all time, considering the length of his career, the changes that he's made, the matches he's had and the money he's drawn. He retains an undying fan base that stands by his side no matter which path his character has taken in his more than 20-year career.
According to the same report, Jake "The Snake" Roberts is also being considered for induction next year. The 1980s wrestling legend has long battled alcoholism and has taken steps in recent years to clean up his life. He's frequently stated he wishes to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. 2014 may be his year.