According to a report from The Sun in the U.K., William Moody, better known as Paul Bearer, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year when the promotion heads to New Orleans for WrestleMania 30, making him the first inductee in the 2014 class.
From the report:
WWE have confirmed that legendary wrestling manager Paul Bearer will be inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2014.
Bearer, real name William Moody, passed away earlier this year at the age of 58.
During his long and distinguished wrestling career, Moody was pivotal in the creation, delivery and performances of The Undertaker - helping turn his protege into one of the greatest stars in the history of the business.
It should be noted that WWE hasn't publicly confirmed anything regarding any performer getting inducted into the Hall of Fame but there have been multiple reports circulating online in the form of rumors or "inside sources" citing Bearer as a leading candidate for next year's class.
Indeed, PWInsider.com recently brought word that there have been strong discussions of Bearer going in next year. It makes sense, all things considered, and could feature Undertaker breaking character on television one night before possibly wrestling the last match of his legendary career.
If the shoe fits ...
WWE won't likely make an announcement on next year's class until later this year or early next year, so stay tuned but don't hold your breath for confirmation.