Howard Finkel, WWE Hall of fame announcer
Howard Finkel, WWE Hall of fame announcer

Howard Finkel, without a doubt the greatest ring announcer of all time at
WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel has died. The legendary ring announcer has died, aged 69. Finkel was inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame in 2009.

" Howard Finkel was a staple of my childhood. The voice we all grew up with. I first met Howard backstage at WrestleMania 33. I walked up and as I said "Hello, sir" and went to introduce myself, he burst out "HELLO, JOHNNY!" I couldn't believe he knew MY name, " Johny Gargano his childhood friend said.

Howard Finkel, WWE Hall of fame announcer

" WWE is saddened to learn that Howard Finkel, " WWE stated.

When acknowledging the greatest ring announcers in the history of sports and sports-entertainment, you’d be hard-pressed to name one better than Howard Finkel. A native of Newark, NJ, “The Fink” a label that had been attached affectionately to Howard over the years made his ring announcing debut at Madison Square Garden in 1977 for WWE’s predecessor, WWWF.

Howard Finkel, WWE Hall of fame announcer

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. Finkel’s distinctive voice was instantly recognizable, and for more than two decades Superstars such as The Ultimate Warrior, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and more would have a title victory marked by The Fink’s signature call, “and NNNEEEWWW World Champion!”

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