Wednesday, March 6, 2013

William Moody BKA Paul Bearer, Percy Pringle, Passes at 58!

The wrestling world is saddened by the passing of 58-year-old William Moody, who gave us two very unique characters in the business.

Many of you may remember his persona in the World Class Championship Wrestling territory in Dallas -- Perceival "Percy" Pringle III -- where he managed some great wrestlers including The Missing Link, the PYT's (Koko B Ware and Norvel Austin) and the tag team of "Maniac" Matt Borne and "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer. Moody was also one of the key on-camera figures when World Class made the transition to the USWA as Fritz Von Erich sold the territory to Jerry Jarrett.  The Pringle character was a face at that time as he was the advisor to "Flamboyant" Eric Embry.

However, it was the persona of Paul Bearer -- the manager and confidant of The Undertaker -- that brought Moody to the masses.  Who can forget Bearer (who actually was a licensed mortician) holding the urn high as he led the Undertaker to the ring?  Who can forget that lovingly creepy voice (OHHHHHHH YESSSSSS) that he spoke with?  And of course, the legendary storyline that brought Undertaker and his "brother" Kane together.

The picture above is one I took of Moody at the NWA Legends Fanfest in Atlanta in 2011.  I didn't, unfortunately, get a chance to speak with him very long that day but he seemed to be a very nice man and loved being around the fans and the other legends that were in attendance.

A very good friend of mine -- Daniel Donnelly -- has a nice story on his great I Met A Wrestler blog about meeting Moody a few years ago.  I think it is a fitting tribute to him.  Please read.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sammartino And Backlund Are In The Hall!

"While I have always applauded the WWE's Hall of Fame efforts in chronicling the history of the business, I have always felt that the Hall of Fame was not legitimate without (Bruno) Sammartino's inclusion.  There are other longstanding alumni of the WWE that have not been recognized as yet including another long-time world champ in Bob Backlund." -- December 19, 2012

And now..BOTH ARE IN!

The WWE announced on Monday  that "THE Living Legend" Bruno Sammartino will finally be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  That, coupled with the inclusion of former world champ Bob Backlund announced earlier, brings immediate legitimacy to the Hall of Fame.  Congratulations to both!