Paul Bearer’s Children Upset With CM Punk/Undertaker Storyline

Michael Moody, the son of the late Paul Bearer (real name Bill Moody), wrote the following on Facebook Monday night after WWE Raw:

If anyone is wondering, yes WWE did come to us wanting approval for tonight’s storyline. The way it was presented to us was ok. Seeing it on screen was a different story. I don’t even know what to say.

I took a screen shot of the conversation, which includes an agreeing comment from his brother Daniel, that you can view at this link.

For those that missed our report from earlier, Bret Hart said Paul Bearer would have loved the stuff done on Raw.  You can read his comments at this link.

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  • PainOfDemise

    Nobody’s fault but their own. They approved it.

    • http://twitter.com/MyBrokenKnees Its just Teddy

      Now that is just a stupid comment!

      • Winnipeg

        Nope he’s right. Harsh but true! That’s how business go’s sometimes. Ideas somerimes look way better on paper.

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

        Yeah, I actually agree with PainOfDemise… They gave Vince McMahon the OK. Come on now, it’s Vince McMahon. You know, the guy that planned his own “funeral” the night the Benoit family tragedy broke. Nothing is off limits to him. With all due respect I don’t see how you can change your position now, especially since all of Percy’s friends are completely fine with it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Sythian Simon Veitch

          I completely agree, if you’re going to sign off on the idea then expect it to be used. Its not like they actually used bearers ashes, this is an entertainment program designed to get a reaction and get people talking, and it worked beautifully.

        • Snap

          To be perfectly fair, the McMahon funeral was planned before the Benoit tragedy and that RAW and storyline were canceled because of what happened. McMahon didn’t exploit that one and we all know what happened as the details became known. There’s no way Vince could have known weeks ahead of time what was going to happen.

      • Dangerous Lee

        Your talking to CM Punk fan boys here, so of course there gonna say nothing was wrong with the angle. They’ll defend this angle til the death. I do agree with you though, this angle was in poor taste.

        • Snap

          You can call me a CM Punk “fanboy” if you wish, but I can say while I did not expect any less when news broke Paul Bearer had died, I was most certainly not a fan of his death being exploited for cheap heat in a storyline. It just goes to show how weak their plans were if they had to exploit an unexpected death just to create intrigue for the match.

          Taker and Paul Bearer were always one of my favourite duos in the WWF/E and I have nothing but respect for both of them.

          • Loren Goldstein

            I’ll agree with you about their weak plans. I shudder to think how this would have played out without Bearers death to work off

        • Dangerous Lee

          Nice name you got there. Another Cena fan hiding behind someone else’s name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrafael.negrao Jay Raphael

    As a fan I have absolutely no problem with what happened. In fact, hearing the “OOOOHHH YESS” followed by Paul Heyman dressed as Bearer was one of the coolest and most controversial things that happened on Raw in a long time! The only thing that was not needed was Punk taking the “ashes of Paul Bearer” and rubbing all over himself. That was stupid. The rest was pure genius!

  • Loren Goldstein

    Am I the only one who didn’t assume that the ashes were Bearers? That thought never crossed my mind watching the segment. Personally I think the way this is playing out is perfect. I mean lets face it, this isn’t another Katie Vick situation.

    • opie

      Looked like kitty litter to me…

    • GuyLandau

      I completely agree, and have said as such in my Weekly Rundown [cheap plug]. The Urn was a part of the Undertaker’s gimmick for years, why are we to assume that now that Bearer is dead he is suddenly inside it? Taker’s essence was always meant to be in the Urn, not Bearer’s. The Urn emptying was not about Bearer one bit.

      • Loren Goldstein

        It always seemed to me that Taker’s “power” came from what was in the urn. All Punk did was dump out his power and take it for himself.

        • StraightEdgeForLife

          So, now Punk should win at WM :)

  • StraightEdgeForLife

    Hey Richard Gray. Can you actually confirm that his children were upset by the angle? Their reactions don’t necessarily mean that they were upset. Please confirm. Thank you

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      I posted a screen shot of their comments.

      • StraightEdgeForLife

        Yes, I read the screen shot, but nothing the boys said confirms that they were mad or angry. Just that it was different than discussed…

        • Alex P

          It wasn’t even done differently than discussed according to their comments though…they just said that there was a difference between discussing/hearing about it being done, and actually seeing it. Those are two completely different things.

          • StraightEdgeForLife

            EXACTLY! They never said they were mad or upset at what they saw, just that it was DIFFERENT! I’m waiting for Richard to clarify this…

          • Loren Goldstein

            This was clarified

          • StraightEdgeForLife

            I saw that. Now give me a second to gloat……I WAS RIGHT, I WAS RIGHT, I WAS RIGHT :)

  • Robi

    The segment was done masterfully. From the druids, to Heyman dressed up as Bearer to Punk rubbing the ashes all over his body after spilling them on Undertaker. That was one of the best and most controversial ending to RAW in a while.

    Punk & Taker did an amazing job of selling their match, unlike the Rock & Cena.

    • Mark J.

      The druids reminded me of Batman Begins (where Bruce Wayne was training with The League of Shadows). My only gripe was that it took too long for the attack. Instead of Taker suspecting something, they should have shown him walking up the ramp (with a camera at the top of ramp) and immediately show a druid attack Taker from behind. That way, it makes Taker look like he’s still coming up short to Punk’s tactics… making Taker’s inevitable WM victory at least appear temporarily in doubt.

  • Terra Ryzing

    It’s kinda funny when people constantly bash the WWE for having a watered down program and scream for something edgy, then when its given to them, it’s “over the line” or in “poor taste.” I would’ve loved to have seen these people’s reaction with some of the stuff during the attitude era.

    • Hammers85

      Yeah your right every week people keep saying bring back the attitude era. Last night was tame compared to some stuff that happened during attitude

      • Snap

        Very true, but the arguments I can see are that WWE is exploiting an actual death or, in the case of Jerry Lawler, a real heart attack as opposed to fabricated events. I can see their point of view, but at the same time I do see the “We want Attitude… but not like THAT” mentality.

  • wes

    You can’t make a deal with the Devil and say you was only kiddin.

  • Mr.V

    This segment made me feel like they crossed the line … but, uhhh that was the point I believe. So those that feel they crossed the line you were the mark and they gotcha. It was tough though … tough. You could tell the crowd was thinking this was over the line too … you could tell the commentators might have thought that as well …

    But here it is the next day and everyone is talking about it and thats the REAL point.
    In hindsight I thought it was great!!! Really edgy stuff that gave Punk powers over the Undertaker!
    … but at the time ………. eeeeeeeeeyyyyyyshhhhh Seeing Heyman like that was just …….. woah a little too much. Good for them!! Havent felt like that watching wrestling in a looooong time!!

  • Flow

    For those of you that are complaining. let me sum this whole thing up with one question..

    After this Mondays Raw, who is looking forward to CM Punk Vs The Undertaker at the biggest show of the YEAR? say aye

  • Nostaljack

    I love it when the kids “work” too. LOL! WWE has been using social media for a while now and I don’t doubt for two seconds they ask the family to play along to further story lines. There’s no way Moody wouldn’t have loved that too. Anyone that’s taking this seriously is getting “worked”. Oh yeah, and the Tweet doesn’t say they’re upset either.

  • http://himunlich.blogspot.com/ unLich

    yeah…
    i think now paul bearer storyline should be stop….