In The Beginning:
1972: William Moody was a product of Mobile’s Catholic School system, and later graduated from the McGill Institute.
~~~William Moody enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, completing basic training at Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, TX.
~~~William Moody is also a legitimate licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer!
1976: William Moody recieved his honorable discharge from the Air Force, and went straight into a Funeral Director/Embalmer job.
Getting Into The Business:
William Moody became a front-row regular at
Gulf Coast Wrestling events in Mobile, Alabama while growing up. ~~~William Moody got to know many of the wrestlers, as well as the front office personnel.
William Moody got his foot in the door by becoming a ringside photographer, taking photos for the programs and national magazines!
June 1974: William Moody made his wrestling debut, wrestling as “Mr. X” (under a mask) in Greenville, AL
~~~William Moody continued to wrestle on the southern independant circuit as Mr X, and even went by “The Embalmer”.
Percival Pringle III – Take 1:
April 1977: William Moody began his managerial career as Percy Pringle III under promoters George Culkin and
Frankie Cain. ~~~The promotion was based out of Mississippi and was called “International Championship Wrestling”.
~~~Frankie Cain (the booker) was the one who gave William Moody the name “Percy Pringle III”.
July 1979: William and Dianna Moody welcomed their first son, Michael, into the world and William came to a realization.
William Moody quit wrestling full time, and returned to the funeral profession and college.
William Moody graduated on The Dean’s List, he received a Degree in Mortuary Science.
William Moody also earned his his Funeral Director/Embalmer’s Certification from San Antonio College.
Percival Pringle III – Take 2:
1984: Percy Pringle III returned to wrestling full time, turning up the “flamboyance” of his character.
Percy Pringle III became a regular in
Florida Wrestling as well as Fritz von Erich’s World Class Wrestling Association. Percy Pringle III managed Rick Rude, The Assassin, Blackjack Mulligan, Matt Borne, Buzz Sawyer, Eric Embry and many others.
~~~Also managed The Great Kabuki, Lex Luger, The Dingo Warrior, “Sugar Bear” Harris, and even Steve Austin!
World Wrestling Federation – The Undertaker:
December 22, 1990: William Moody joined the
WWF and would be known as “Paul Bearer” a creepy heel manager. Paul Bearer was given the opportunity to manage one of the fastest growing characters in the WWF,
March 24, 1991 – WrestleMania 7: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. April 27, 1991 – SMME: Paul Bearer wheeled a casket down to ringside during a match between Ultimate Warrior and Sgt Slaughter.
~~~A few minutes later, The Undertaker popped out of the casket and attacked The Ultimate Warrior.
~~~Hulk Hogan ran down to make the save, but his shots had no effect on The Undertaker.
Feburary 20, 1992: Jake Roberts confronted The Undertaker on an episode of Paul Bearer’s Funeral Parlor..
~~~Jake Roberts jammed The Undertakers hand into the lid of a coffin and repeatedly whacked him with a chair!
April 5, 1992 – WrestleMania 8: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated Jake “The Snake” Roberts. ~~~Jake Roberts hit TWO simoltaneous DDTs on The Undertaker and then went after manager Paul Bearer.
~~~The Undertaker sat up and tombstoned Jake Roberts on the floor and rolled him back in the ring for the win!
August 29, 1992 – Summerslam: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated Kamala.
November 24, 1992 – Survivor Series: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated Kamala in a Casket Match.
April 4, 1993 – WrestleMania 9: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated Giant Gonzales w/ Harvey Wippleman by DQ. ~~~Giant Gonzales rendered The Undertaker unconsious with a rag soaked in Chloraform.
~~~The Undertaker woke up while being stretchered out, and cleared Giant Gonzales out of the ring!.
August 30, 1993 – Summerslam: The Undertaker defeated Giant Gonzalez w/ Harvey Wippleman to regain posession of the urn. ~~~Harvey Wippleman tried to pick a fight with Paul Bearer but got knocked out cold with one punch!
~~~Paul Bearer once again took posession of the urn which helped the The Undertaker recover and win the match!
August 29, 1994 – Summerslam: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated The Undertaker w/ Ted DiBiase. ~~~Ted DiBiase brought down his Evil Undertaker – played by one of Undertaker’s “real life” friends – Brian Lee.
~~~The lights began to flicker (simulating thunder and lighting) and The REAL Undertaker finally made his entrance.
~~~The REAL Undertaker tombstoned The Evil Undertaker and pinned him, then rolled him into a casket!
January 22, 1995 – Royal Rumble: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated Irwin R. Schyster w/ Ted DiBiase. ~~~After the match, King Kong Bundy went eye to eye with the Undertaker while IRS attacked Paul Bearer and stole the urn!
~~~King Kong Bundy repeatedly splashed The Undertaker’s lifeless body.
April 2, 1995 – WrestleMania 11: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated King Kong Bundy w/ Ted DiBiase. ~~~The Undertaker regained control of the urn but it was once again stolen, this time by Kama.
March 31, 1996 – WrestleMania 12: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel in a Grudge match.
August 18, 1996 – Summerslam: Mankind defeated The Undertaker in the first ever Boiler Room Brawl match. ~~~Paul Bearer turned on the Undertaker, bashing him over the head with the urn, and handing it over to MANKIND!
November 16, 1996 – Survivor Series: The Undertaker defeated Mankind with Paul Bearer suspended in a Cage above the ring. ~~~Afterwards, Paul Bearer was lowered from the Cage but the Executioner (Terry Gordy) ran in to make the save!
World Wrestling Federation – Post Undertaker:
Paul Bearer turned on the Undertaker, to manage Kane (Undertaker’s little brother) who was revealed to be Paul Bearer’s son!
March 29, 1998 – Wrestlemania 14: The Undertaker defeated Kane w/ Paul Bearer in a “Brother vs Brother” grudge match. 1998: Paul Bearer was named 1998 Manager Of The Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine.
World Wrestling Federation – The Undertaker:
February 22, 1999 – RAW: Public Enemy defeated Edge and Gangrel w/ Christian by DQ (PE got a blood bath after the match). ~~~Backstage, The Undertaker disciplined The Brood for failing him by ordering the Ministry to beat them up!
~~~In the Main Event: The Undertaker defeated Kane in an Inferno match after Kane’s leg was lit on fire!
~~~Paul Bearer delivered a teddy bear to Vince McMahon at ringside which belonged to his daughter Stephanie McMahon.
~~~After the match, The Undertaker approached Vince McMahon and set the teddy bear on fire, bringing Vince to his knees!
March 1, 1999 – RAW: Mankind defeated The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer by Count Out.
April 26, 1999 – RAW: The Undertaker had an “Unholy Wedding” to Stephanie McMahon, who was strapped to the Symbol. ~~~Stephanie McMahon screamed in terror as Paul Bearer hosted the ceremony with the Ministry standing by.
~~~Ken Shamrock and The Big Show tried to stop the ceremony but they were both taken out by the Ministry.
~~~Finally Stone Cold Steve Austin showed up as the unlikely hero and rescued Stephanie McMahon from the situation.
~~~Stephanie McMahon embraced Steve Austin until Vince McMahon showed his appeciation to his mortal enemy for helping
May 3, 1999 – RAW: The Big Show defeated The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer by DQ (Undertaker used ether on Big Show and shattered a baseball bat over his head!).
May 10, 1999 – RAW: The Big Show vs Paul Bearer ended in a No Contest (The Big Show called out The Undertaker). ~~~Main Event: Steve Austin and The Rock and Vince McMahon beat Shane McMahon and Undertaker and HHH (HBK as referee).
June 27, 1999 – King of the Ring: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated The Rock to retain the Heavyweight title.
World Wrestling Entertainment – Part Time:
William Moody decides to move on from portraying an on air character, he was added to the WWE.COM staff as a journalist.
2001: William Moody’s wife, Dianna Moody, is diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and undergoes surgery on August 2, 2001.
September 2002: William Moody announces that he will be leaving the WWE to care for his wife.
October 14, 2002: William Moody’s contract runs out and he is officially gone from the WWE.
William Moody decides to retire from the business instead of renewing his WWE contract.
NWA: Total Nonstop Action:
December 4, 2002 – NWA:TNA: Paul Bearer (as Percy Pringle III) appeared at the end of the show shocking everybody!
January 8, 2003 – NWA:TNA: Percy Pringle III gave a one-on-one sitdown interview about his wrestling career.
January 15, 2003 – NWA:TNA: Percy Pringle III came out and asked to join S-E-X, but got a beat-down instead. April 19, 2003 – All Access Wrestling “Full House”: PP3 cut a promo on the show that put over Kevin Northcutt and Joe Kane.
World Wrestling Entertainment – Back in the WWE:
March 14, 2004 – Wrestlemania XX: The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) returned using the DEADMAN gimmick and defeated Kane!
May 16, 2004 – Judgment Day: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated Booker T with a tombstone piledriver.
May 27, 2004 – SD!: Paul Bearer was abducted by the Dudley Boyz and thrown into the trunk of a car and taken away!
June 10, 2004 – Smackdown: The Undertaker shocks the World as he bows down to Paul Heyman recognizing the power of the urn.
June 27, 2004 – Great American Bash: The Undertaker defeated The Dudley Boyz in a “Live Free or Die” match. ~~~As a result, Paul Heyman pulled a switch which was to bury Paul Bearer in concrete cement but LIGHTNING struck!
~~~The Undertaker made his way to the stage and said “I have no other choice” before pulling the switch and “killing” his manager!
April 11, 2005: Paul Bearer is given his 90-Day notice by WWE Talent Relations to terminate his contact.
September 9, 2005 – Chaotic Wrestling: Nick Logan beat Andre Lyonz in a Casket match with Percy Pringle III at ringside.
October 2, 2005 – ROH: Paul Bearer made an unadvertised appearance and appeared in the ring with Commissioner Jim Cornette. November 6, 2005 – Iron Ring Wrestling: Legion w/ Percy Pringle III defeated Tracy Smothers.
December 16, 2005 – Vince Russo’s Ring of Glory: Percy Pringle III played heel manager for the duration of the event.
March 7, 2006: Paul Bearer made a non-televised in-ring appearance to welcome the fans to a TV Taping in Mobile, AL.
April 7, 2006 – National Wrestling Superstars: Kamala w/ Percy Pringle III defeated Sal Sincere w/ King DoIStink.
August 5, 2006 – WWE Live Event (SD! crew) in Mobile, Alabama: Mike “The Miz” Mizanin introduced WWE Legend Paul Bearer.
May 16, 2007: Percy Pringle announced that his Gulf South Wrestling promotion is being shut down.
August 22, 2008 – American Championship Wrestling: Percy Pringle III managed Aeon Flexx in the ACW Title Tournament.
September 12, 2008 – American Championship Wrestling: Marcel Pringle defeated Percy Pringle III in an Arm-Wrestling match.
October 24, 2008 – ACW: Aeon Flexx w/ Percy Pringle III defeated Tony Love to win the ACW Heavyweight title in Alabama.
~~~Ryan Fury w/ Marcel Pringle defeated Dominion w/ Percy Pringle III by DQ. Percy Pringle was handcuffed to Marcel Pringle.
February 2, 2009: Dianne Moody, the wife of William “Paul Bearer” Moody, passed away.
April 24, 2010 – Millenium Wrestling Federation: The Iron Sheik and Jay Lethal defeated “Stalker” Dylan Kage w/ Paul Bearer.
~~~No DQ/Countout Match ending when Sheik made Kage submit to the camel clutch on the floor in the Sheik’s retirement match.
~~There was a huge celebration with the locker room hitting the ring after the bout to honor the Sheik! [www.bostonwrestling.com]
World Wrestling Entertainment – The Undertaker vs. Kane (Hell in a Cell):
Summer 2010: Kane began feuding with the Undertaker again, with Kane stealing all of Undertaker’s powers and dominating him.
September 19, 2010 – Night of Champions: Kane defeated The Undertaker by reversing a Tombstone into a Tombstone of his own!
September 24, 2010 – SmackDown: Kane said he destroyed Undertaker’s body on Sunday and now he will destroy his legend and soul. ~~~Kane challenged Undertaker to a Hell in a Cell match (a casket was rolled down to the ring and Paul Bearer popped out with an urn!)
~~~The lights went out and Taker appeared behind Kane.. Kane retreated and freaked out at the return of his father in Taker’s corner.
October 1, 2010 – SmackDown: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer defeated C.M. Punk in a squash match with the Tombstone Piledriver. ~~~Later that night, the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) showed up and over-powered Kane – causing the big red machine to run away!
October 3, 2010 – Hell in a Cell: Kane defeated The Undertaker in a brutal Hell in a Cell match to retain the World Heavyweight title. ~~~Manager Paul Bearer turned on the Undertaker, shining a light in his eyes, and helping his son Kane successfully defend his title!
World Wrestling Entertainment – The Undertaker vs. Kane (Buried Alive):
World Wrestling Entertainment – Edge vs. Kane (Survivor Series):
November 12, 2010 – SmackDown: The Big Show defeated World champion Kane in a Non-title match after distraction from Edge. ~~~Edge abducted Paul Bearer and wheeled him out to the stage during the match and taunted/distracted Kane into a Non-title loss!
November 19, 2010 – SmackDown: Edge continued to hold Paul Bearer hostage and tortured him all night to get inside Kane’s head.
November 21, 2010 – Survivor Series: World Heavyweight champion Kane vs. Edge ended in a double-pin draw (Paul Bearer was absent).
World Wrestling Entertainment – World Heavyweight champion Kane vs. Edge vs. Rey vs. Alberto (TLC PPV):
November 26, 2010 – SmackDown: Edge continued to hold Paul Bearer hostage and tormented Kane into giving him another title shot. ~~~Edge lured Kane out to the parking lot where he watched his father Paul Bearer in a wheel-chair get run over by a car driven by Edge!
~~~It turned out to be a dummy and the real Paul Bearer was still tied up in the back seat of Edge’s car as it sped off into the darkness.
December 3, 2010 – SmackDown: Edge defeated Kane in a “Winner Chooses The Stipulation at TLC” match – (he chose a TLC match).
December 10, 2010 – SmackDown: Rey Mysterio and World champion Edge defeated Kane and Alberto Del Rio in a preview main event match. ~~~Edge lured Kane backstage for more torment resulting in Kane “accidentally” pushing Paul Bearer off a ledge to his storyline “death”.
February 4, 2012 – NWA from Hollywood: Willie Mack defeated Shaun Ricker (w/Percy Pringle III).
February 11, 2012 – NWA from Hollywood: Shaun Ricker (w/Percy Pringle III) defeated Eric Cross.
January 27, 2013- CWFH: Shaun Ricker (w/Percy Pringle III) defeated Biggie Biggz.
February 3, 2013 – CWFH: Mikey O’Shea defeated Shaun Ricker (w/Percy Pringle III) in a lumberjack match.
William Alvin Moody:
William Moody passed away on March 5, 2013. William Moody was set to receive the Lou Thesz Lifetime Achievement award from the Cauliflower Alley Club in April 2013.
April 2014 – William Moody will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014 the night before Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans, LA.