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Paul Bearer

Family Signed Off On

CM Punk Urn Desecration

3/22/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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CM Punk
's seemingly cold-hearted tirade last week during the WWE tribute to Paul Bearer wasn't at all what it seemed ... because we've learned Paul's family gave its stamp of approval before the shenanigans.

In case you missed last week's RAW, the WWE aired an emotional tribute to the late Paul Bearer ... and smack in the middle, CM Punk attacked another wrestler (Kane) with Paul's urn.



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.

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The team wanted to use the diss to promote next month's Wrestlemania battle between Punk and Undertaker ... and Paul's family was down with it.

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.”

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16.

Kelly    

I don't particularly like wrestling, but I don't see it as any different than say a pilot's family taking them for one last plane ride like my friend's uncle.

It was his business, what he loved, and his family was down with it.

Good on them.

Sure the fans got a kick out of it, too.

525 days ago
17.

karlew    

Wrestling is just one long violent soap opera. There's as much realism to it as General Hospital. So of course this whole thing was scripted and pre approved. The family probably made more than enough money to look after funeral arrangements.

525 days ago
18.

Dan    

This was already a given fact because there is no way in hell that Mark, I mean The Undertaker, would have participated in the storyline had the WWE not got Bearer's family permission. And with the stroke he has within the company if he had said no Vince would not have argued.

525 days ago
19.

Carl    

How unfortunate for Michael that he didn't get his mother's looks.

525 days ago
20.

NikOmen    

Are you all seriously lacking a brain??? The urn was a PROP!!!!! His ashes weren't in there, he wasn't even out if the mortuary...... duh! PROP.

525 days ago
21.

Bkshorti    

I remember watching him w the undertaker as a kid. It's apart of the show, ppl shouldn't take it serious. But r.i.p. U will b missed.

525 days ago
22.

USA#1    

William Moody aka Paul Bearer was a class individual and human being. All of these idiots on here complaining that WWE isn't real, well no duh. It's entertainment which is what TMZ is about.

525 days ago
23.

Ted    

CM Puke, is a low-life and a pathetic wresler, in real life he couldn't beat himself out of a paper bag.

525 days ago
24.

Gina    

yes wrestling is scripted and there are story lines but in some cases the wrestlers can get a little out of hand and go overboard with it which is probably what TMZ thought. But obviously WWE would have gotten their permission first before doing something like this but in some cases these wrestlers will have a mind of their own and go off like that one time when CM Punk punched that fan.......that was not scripted

525 days ago
25.

rusty1325    

of course they signed off on it .he wants the money !!!

525 days ago
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525 days ago
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525 days ago
28.

LadyN    

WWE can be lame at times but they would never have written something like that into the script without permission from the family. Of course the family knew ahead of time. Even WWE wouldn't be so crass as to use the real life death of a beloved worker to further an angle. Well..not anymore anyway. They have grown up a little over the years.

525 days ago
29.

Chaosangel30    

yeah well i have been a wrestling fan since i was little but even though i know its scripted and storylined i will still follow it and for those of you not giving a crap you missed the new headline in the wrestling news the kids are now not happy with the storyline and here it says that they signed off on it and i just read on facebook they are none to pleased now

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