On Monday’s Raw, the WWE announced that the late Paul Bearer would enter the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014. Bearer joins The Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Lita in this year’s class, to be inducted in New Orleans on April 5th, the night before WrestleMania XXX.
Many consider Bearer to be one of the greatest wrestling managers of all time, if not the best. Bearer is widely credited with being an integral part of the early years for, both, The Undertaker and Kane.
The Undertaker would not be who he is if it wasn’t for Bearer. The early years of The Undertaker were spent with Bearer at his side. Bearer’s high pitched “Oh yesssss” was heard throughout the arena before ‘Taker made his entrance, then Bearer would emerge holding the iconic urn. After Bearer’s death, when ‘Taker returned to WWE to feud with CM Punk at WrestleMania 29, Punk heavily used the urn in their feud. This was done as a tribute to Bearer, but it truly showed the significance of the man to what The Undertaker had become.
Bearer was always at The Undertaker side, until the debut of Kane. Bearer turned on The Undertaker and joined forces with ‘Taker’s own brother, Kane. This gave Kane instant credibility and made him a force to be reckoned with.
Both these characters are still around today, and that is partly because of the work of their manager.
The Undertaker has never appeared at a Hall of Fame ceremony, but this is the time he should do it. The character had such a profound impact on The Undertaker, but so did the man behind the character. I think The Undertaker will appear at the ceremony, he may not make a speech, but he will make some sort of grand gesture that only he can and make it a ceremony to remember.
No manager is as synonymous with a wrestler’s success, as Bearer is with the success of both The Undertaker and Kane. There is no question that he certainly belongs in the Hall of Fame.