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'Paul Bearer' dies: Pro wrestling community reacts with sadness

March 06, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Paul Bearer is best known as the manager of the Undertaker.
Paul Bearer is best known as the manager of the Undertaker. (WWE )

The wrestling community has reacted swiftly and sadly to the news of the death of William Moody, who played the Undertaker's wrestling manager, Paul Bearer. A sampling of the reaction follows:

WWE star Triple H: "Rest in peace, Paul Bearer. You will never be forgotten. There will never be another."

WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart: "Goodbye to a good friend, Paul Bearer. Say hi to Owen for me."

Michelle McCool (Undertaker's wife): "You always made me smile. Great entertainer, even better man! We love you and will forever miss you! God bless."

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels: "I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Paul Bearer. Our prayers go out to him and his family. God Bless!!"

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross: "Just informed via wwe.com Paul Bearer aka Percy Pringle passed away earlier today. I have no other details. RIP old friend."

WWE Hall of Famer Edge: "Very sad to hear about William Moody/Paul Bearer. Such a sweet man, and my friend. My condolences to his family. I'll miss ya Uncle Paul."

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley: "Seems like only yesterday, though it was almost 25 years ago, that I was baby-sitting Percy Pringle's children."

TNA superstar Hulk Hogan: "Very sad about Paul Bearer, he was a great person and one of the original boys, he was what made wrestling great, much love and respect."

WWE star A.J. Lee: "RIP Paul Bearer. When I first met Paul Bearer I completely marked out & he was kind enough to humor me. So sweet & humble. Such a legend."

Former WWE star Sean Waltman: "I'm so at a loss right now for words.... I've known him since 1995 and I can't get myself together enough to write anything at the moment.... I will miss you, William Moody. George Jones on the radio and Jack Daniels. His crazy sense of humor. I laughed more to him that just about anyone."

WWE star Ricardo Rodriguez: "Paul Bearer/William Moody, you taught me so much. It truly saddens me to hear about this! I love you, and I thank you eternally. RIP."

Former WWE star Kevin Nash: "RIP my friend. You will never be replaced. Not too late to add to the (Hall of Fame)."

WWE star The Miz: "Just found out Paul Bearer died tonight. He was always so nice when I talked to him. My thoughts and prayers are w/his family."

Former WWE star Eve Torres: "Just heard about the death of Paul Bearer. Thank you for your kindness and many years of entertainment. Sending my prayers to his family."

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