WWE Hall Of Famer Howard Finkel Passes Away At 69
Howard Finkel was an American retired professional wrestling ring announcer, employed by WWE and was considering the greatest ring announcers in the history of sports and sports-entertainment.
Finkel debuted as a ring announcer at Madison Square Garden on January 17, 1977. By 1979, he had become the organization's lead ring announcer for their biggest events. By 1979, Finkel was the full-time ring announcer for WWWF, and when WWE was established in 1980, The Fink became the first — and eventually longest-serving — employee.
Throughout his career, Finkel's distinctive voice was sometimes used in the title sequence for the company's various television programs. Finkel's signature call was his announcement of a new champion following a title change, in which he would place extra emphasis on the word "new", in order to draw the greatest reaction from the crowd.
In 1993, at the "Roman"-themed WrestleMania IX, Howard Finkel was introduced in a toga as Finkus Maximus.
Despite being an announcer for WWE he did not step back to wrestle in WWE. He started his feud with manager Dr. Harvey Wippleman. Finkel was attacked by Wippleman's wrestler Kamala; at WrestleMania X. on January 9, 1995; on Monday Night Raw, he won a tuxedo match over Wippleman, by stripping him to his underwear in his first match. he Fink was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009.
In what has already been a tough week for our @WWE family, today we lost our 1st ever employee and WWE Hall of Famer, @howardfinkel. Howard’s voice is iconic & recognized by generations of fans. He will be missed. #RIPHowardFinkel Thank you for everything. ❤️🙏❤️— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 16, 2020
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