10 Important Steps In The Undertaker's WWE Evolution
10. Switching Managers From Brother Love To Paul Bearer
On November 22nd, 1990, the mysterious fourth man for Ted DiBiases Million Dollar Team was revealed to be the Undertaker. He appeared as a tall, ominous-looking figure in grey and black clothes, dressed as a mortician. His face was pale and zombie-like to a degreeand he was led to the ring by his manager, the loud, red-faced preacher Brother Love. Despite being a heel manager (back when managers were actually important), Brother Loves character simply didnt mesh well with the Undertaker; he stood out so much that they might as well have been an apple and an orange. As a result, the first major change in the Undertakers career was his change in managers, from Brother Love to Paul Bearer. It doesnt take a genius to see that the two of them meshed perfectly, with Bearers ghoulish appearance and over-the-top voice and mannerisms complimenting the Undertakers silence and mesmerizing gaze. It also helped that William Moody was a real life mortician, which went better with the Undertaker than a red-faced preacher spreading the word of love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g5jysAqYAs The combination of Paul Bearer and the Undertaker was absolutely perfect. Together they ran roughshod over the WWE, with the Undertaker destroying his opponents in the ring, while Bearer intimidated them from outside the ring. And of course, this led to the idea of the Undertakers sacred urn. Bearer carried the golden urn, which was said to be the source of the Undertakers powers. This became a story itself, as many of the Undertakers opponents, from Kama Mustafa to the Dudley Boys, stole his urn. This latter feud even led to the Undertaker killing Paul Bearer by burying him in cement. It is a shame we will never hear Paul Bearers iconic Oooohhh yeeeeeeeesss ever again. Rest in Peace, William Moody.
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