PAUL BEARER KICKOFF MATCH
Name
Paul Bearer
Real Name
William Moody
Date of Birth
April 10, 1954
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1979
Rob Van Dam
Reports going around state that Rob Van Dam finished up his latest stint with WWE during the kickoff match at Summerslam 2014. His departure from the company had been expected since he only agreed to a short term contract. Some are under the belief that this might be the last stint for RVD since the audience has been a bit lackluster towards him this time around.
August 18, 2014
El Torito
For those of you that did not watch the Payback 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle with a flying top rope moonsault. Hornswoggle had gotten distracted by thinking that he won after pulling off the mask. Afterwards, Hornswoggle was forced to sit in a barber chair while El Torito shaved his head. Hornswoggle is now bald, and expect WWE to promote that on Monday Night Raw this week.
June 1, 2014
Diego
During the Extreme Rules 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle. He picked up the pin fall victory after jumping off the top rope and driving Hornswoggle through the table. Miniature tables and ladders were utilized during the WeeLC match. Diego, Fernando, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre were all involved in the match.
May 4, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
In an action filled Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso retained the WWE tag team championship by defeating Diego, Fernando, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro in a fatal four way elimination tag team bout. Afterwards, Cesaro did a face turn after Swagger attempted to attack him for being pinned.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Despite being thrown into the kickoff match at Wrestlemania 30, Antonio Cesaro is the choice for Mick Foley when it comes to being the guy that will be given the big spotlight on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. Generally, WWE considers this episode to be the start of the new season, so they try to elevate someone up the ladder that evening.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Rumor has it that there are several people backstage in WWE that are disappointed with how Antonio Cesaro is being utilized at Wrestlemania 30. Instead of being given a big singles match on the pay per view, he is working a kickoff match with Jack Swagger. It also features Jimmy Usu, Jey Uso, Fernando, Diego, Ryback and Curtis Axel.
April 4, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Initially, the belief was that the tag team championships were going to be given some spotlight by WWE at their biggest pay per view of the year, but it has now been announced that Ryback, Curtis Axel, Fernando, Diego, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso are being moved to the Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match spot.
April 1, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since time constraints might be an issue, there were talks earlier this week of putting the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as a kickoff match, but management wants to use it as a promotional vehicle, so it is now back on the main Wrestlemania 30 card. Many are expecting the segment to be heavily rushed, though.
March 19, 2014
Andre the Giant
While a lot of fans bought into the hype of the match since a legendary name was attached to it, WWE is viewing the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as an afterthought. There is even a strong push to move it off the pay per view and utilized it as a kickoff match, despite several stars such as Ryback, Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler being rumored for spots.
March 15, 2014
Curtis Axel
Once you get into that WWE dog house, it's pretty hard to get out. Management has sent more messages to Ryback this month. First, he and Curtis Axel are utilized as a filler tag team during the Elimination Chamber 2014 kickoff match. This week, the two of them are paired up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in an eight man tag team match on WWE Superstars.
February 26, 2014
Cody Rhodes
While many were under the impression that Cody Rhodes was being left off of the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card because of his knee injury, apparently, he is healthy enough to work, as WWE has placed him into the kickoff match. He will be teaming with Goldust in a tag team match against Ryback and Curtis Axel.
February 19, 2014
Darren Young
In case you missed the announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, Darren Young and Titus ONeil will be having their grudge match on the main Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view next Sunday night. Many were under the belief that it was going to be the kickoff match, but management decided to step things up a bit.
February 19, 2014
Billy Gunn

During the kickoff match for Royal Rumble 2014, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shocked the wrestling world when they were able to defeat Cody Rhodes and Goldust to become the new WWE tag team champions. Many were under the impression that their return was a temporary one.

January 26, 2014
Billy Gunn

Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be defending the WWE tag championships against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before the Royal Rumble 2014 starts. The kickoff match was announced via the website, and there should be a mention of it on television tonight during Monday Night Raw.

January 20, 2014
Kane
Many were wondering how WWE was going to handle the Paul Bearer induction speech since he is no longer alive. Management opted to use multiple people instead. First, Kane gave an entertaining speech about his former manager. Then, the two sons of Paul Bearer gave a very brief speech before Undertaker came out in character and did a quick pose.
April 5, 2014
Scott Hall
Every year, a couple of people within WWE are forced to miss the hall of fame induction ceremony because the company needs to keep the Axxess shows going. This year, Hornswoggle is going to be one of those people. He will be manning a booth while Jake Roberts, Ultimate Warrior, Scott Hall, Lita, Carlos Colon, Paul Bearer and Mr T are inducted.
April 5, 2014
Kane
While fans were expecting either Kane, Undertaker or even Mick Foley to be chosen as the person to induct Paul Bearer into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30 weekend, it now appears that WWE is going in a different direction and allowing the sons of the legendary manager to give the speech on Saturday night instead.
April 3, 2014
Paul Bearer
A photo of the WWE Hall of Fame ring being given to Ultimate Warrior, Scott Hall, Jake Roberts, Carlos Colon, Lita, Mr T and to the family of Paul Bearer at Wrestlemania 30 weekend.
April 3, 2014
Steve Austin
WWE has been trying to figure out a way to get Steve Austin involved at Wrestlemania 30, and they might have just found a potentially good way. There are talks that Austin could be chosen to induct Paul Bearer into the hall of fame. The two of them actually worked together in WCCW before becoming superstars in WWE for Vince McMahon.
March 17, 2014
Paul Bearer
Despite having a pretty memorable on screen history with Paul Bearer, Mick Foley is not high on the list of candidates to induct the legendary manager into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30. WWE does not have any official plans for Foley whatsoever at the event. He will still be in New Orleans that weekend on his own accord, though.
March 15, 2014
Paul Bearer
While a lot of people are hoping that management changes their minds and allows it to happen because it makes the most sense, the Undertaker right now is not a candidate to induct Paul Bearer into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30. Vince McMahon and company want to maintain his character while he is still an active in ring performer.
March 12, 2014
Jake Roberts
While the heavily speculated hall of fame induction has yet to be announced by WWE, Sean Waltman has been telling fans as of late that he would be at Wrestlemania 30 to induct his good friend Scott Hall. The company is still trying to decide on his inclusion, as the class already includes Jake Roberts, Ultimate Warrior, Lita and Paul Bearer.
March 7, 2014
Kane
Since the company wants to protect the Undertaker character, the belief right now within WWE is that the top candidate to induct Paul Bearer into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30 is Kane. With the way Mick Foley has been bashing the product over the last couple of months, it appears that there are a few people in management who are voting against him doing the induction speech.
March 4, 2014
Daniel Bryan
WWE has uploaded the quick hall of fame induction video for Paul Bearer that was shown on Monday Night Raw. It features stars like Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston doing quick interviews. It also features the legendary manager with Undertaker, Kane, Mick Foley and Vader.
March 4, 2014
Paul Bearer
After being heavily rumored for several weeks now, WWE has decided to go forward and induct Paul Bearer into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30. There were those backstage that were hoping for the company to wait until Kane and Undertaker are being inducted as well. Putting all three of them together in the same class would make it quite a marketable event.
March 3, 2014
Paul Bearer
Initially, it was believed that WWE was going to make an announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, revealing that Paul Bearer was going to be inducted into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30. However, management opted against that. Some are stating that it was removed due to time constraints, but many find that hard to believe because the show is three hours.
February 25, 2014
Undertaker
There are talks that Paul Bearer will be announced as the latest inductee into the WWE hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30 on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. There are also talks that Undertaker will be the one inducting him, even though management has avoided having him at the ceremony in order to maintain his character.
February 22, 2014
Scott Hall
In a rather interesting move, WWE did not reveal another inductee into the hall of fame ceremony at Wrestlemania 30 on Monday Night Raw this week. A lot of people were expecting Scott Hall to be the latest name announced, but there were also some people backstage that believed that Paul Bearer would have been revealed as the latest inductee.
February 18, 2014
Undertaker

Talks about inducing Paul Bearer into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend have died down considerably as of late, as there are many people backstage that feel that his induction should be saved for when WWE decides to honor Kane and Undertaker.

January 29, 2014
Paul Bearer

While there were some pushing to induct him last year, WWE ultimately decided that it was too soon to put Paul Bearer into the hall of fame since he had recently died around this time last year, but talks are heating up about including him into the class at Wrestlemania 30 this year.

January 18, 2014
Paul Bearer
Very sad news for the world of professional wrestling today, as Paul Bearer has passed away. The legendary WWE manager has died after complaining about having respiratory issues. His cause of death will not be known for several months, pending an autopsy. He had recently attended a wrestling reunion show in Alabama.
March 2, 2013