The announcement was made live during WWE Monday Night RAW on March 3.
Bearer passed away a year ago today, March 5, 2013.
Bearer (born Bill Moody) was a legendary manager and wrestler known primarily for his years in WWE as Paul Bearer, the ghostly sidekick for The Undertaker, as well as others such as Kane, Mankind and Vader.
He began wrestling in the late ‘70s in between tours in the United States Air Force. He also began managing in the southeast as Percival Pringle III.
His big break came in early 1991 when he was brought as the manager for The Undertaker. Playing off his real life background as a funeral director and embalmer, he was a natural pairing for The Undertaker character.
The duo complemented each other amazingly well and helped the entire act reach main event status very quickly. Bearer remained with Undertaker until SummerSlam ’96, in which he turned on him and joined Mankind.
Throughout the late ‘90s he led the careers of Mankind, Vader and Undertaker’s “half brother” Kane, who incidentally was also Bearer’s son in company storylines. He briefly reunited with Undertaker in 1999 and then paired up with Kane once again in 2000 before leaving television.
He effectively ended his time as a full time performer after that run, but did work with TNA Wrestling in 2002 and 2003 under his old Percy Pringle moniker.
At WrestleMania XX he returned to WWE television at the side of The Undertaker. This reunion would only last a few months before he was “buried in cement” at Great American Bash ’04.
Since then he worked for WWE in various backstage capacities and was able to continue working on the independent circuit.
He had one more short run in WWE in 2010 during another chapter of the long-running Undertaker-Kane rivalry.
No inductor has been announced for Bearer yet, however Kane seems like the most logical choice. Undertaker would certainly be the best choice, but he has been notoriously absent from Hall of Fame ceremonies in the past in order to keep the mystique of his character alive. The Undertaker could conceivably make an appearance to accept the award on Bearer’s behalf.
This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 5, in New Orleans, Louisiana inside the New Orleans Arena the night before WrestleMania XXX.