Bruce Prichard has explained why he stopped being the on-screen manager to The Undertaker and whose decision it was to end the partnership.
The legendary Undertaker made his WWE debut as the mystery partner on Ted Dibiase’s Million Dollar Team at the 1990 Survivor Series. The Undertaker would prove an important competitor in that match as he eliminated WWE Hall Of Famers Koko B. Ware and Dusty Rhodes.
Undertaker would debut by the side of Bruce Prichard with Prichard portraying his Brother Love character at the time. This partnership would last approximately three months before The Undertaker switched managers in February 1991. This switch would see The Undertaker pair up with the iconic Paul Bearer.
Speaking on his Something To Wrestle With podcast, Bruce Prichard would discuss the early career of the Deadman and what forced the pair to split on-screen.
“It was a decision that I made. I was given the choice, I decided I wanted to focus more backstage. The Undertaker character needed somebody on the road with him full time for that package to really work. Paul Bearer’s character was a much better manager for Undertaker than Brother Love.”
“The Undertaker needed someone to care for him, and needed someone to devote their entire life to The Undertaker and the care of The Undertaker. Who better than Paul Bearer? Brother Love had so much more to do by spreading the word of love that he couldn’t devote to just one person.”
Prichard had been combining his on-screen role with his backstage duties at the time. He would originally leave WWE later in 1991 before making his first of many returns to the company. Prichard currently works for WWE in an executive role overseeing both Raw and SmackDown.