Paul Bearer died on a Tuesday night and less than one week later, on the following episode of Monday Night Raw, he was being used in the storyline feud between Undertaker, the man Bearer managed and was the kayfabe father of during his WWE run, and CM Punk leading up to their match at WrestleMania 29 on Sun., April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
It was no surprise, really. It didn't take long for the company to use Eddie Guerrero's death in storyline shortly after it happened in 2005 and that may have been far worse because Guerrero was an active wrestler all the way up until the day of his passing.
Well, for those of you who have been feeling a tad queasy or uneasy about how WWE has gone about it, this bit of news from TMZ may help put you at ease.
Paul's son Michael Moody tells TMZ, the act of desecration was pre-planned ... WWE's creative team approached Paul's family for permission before the stunt unfolded on live TV. ... Michael tells us, "We felt that dad would have wanted us at RAW last week and agreed to the angle ... We knew Dad wouldn't have wanted it any other way."
The urn, which Punk has all but expressly stated is kayfabe carrying the ashes of Bearer himself, has become the central piece of the storyline heading into WrestleMania. It's all building to Undertaker gaining his revenge at "The Showcase of the Immortals" next month and making good on Bearer's name.
So all's well that ends well and if the family is on board, no one should really have a problem with it anymore.