SmackDown talent Paul Bearer posted a blog yesterday thanking Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment for footing the bill for his gastric bypass surgery seven years ago, which he firmly believes saved his life.
“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would died long before cancer took my wife Dianna from me, if I had not recieved that surgery, which by the way was paid in full by Vince McMahon and WWE.”
He also thanks WWE for making his recent return to the organization possible.
“I could ramble on for pages here, but that old adage stands here… if you understand no words are necessary, if you don’t, not enough words will do. I will say that I would have NEVER expected to be doing what I am today again. I had put that part of my life on the shelve and kind of wanted it to stay there. But… I am truly blessed to be back at he top of the game I treasure so much, and has been a part of me almost all of my life. I thank The McMahon Family and Company, and a handful of dear brothers that made this return possible, no matter how long it lasts. It’s been a good thing for me.”
The future of his character appeared to be in doubt, according to sketchy spoiler reports from Tuesday’s SmackDown taping in Jacksonville, Florida, but he survives past tonight’s show.
In a segment that will air at the conclusion of tonight’s SmackDown broadcast, Edge told Kane that he was in the arena’s parking lot and would give Paul Bearer back before there was an accident. Kane, who was watching Edge via television monitor in SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long’s office, ran outside to find Paul, but discovered a wheelchair smashed by a car. The body situated in the wheelchair was revealed to be a dummy as debris had gone everywhere. Edge pulled down the car’s window to reveal Bearer was in the back, and then drove off.