WWE Hall Of Famer Howard Finkel Passed Away At Age 69

Legendary ring announcer Howard Finkel has passed away at the age of 69.

WWE confirmed the tragic news this morning. Finkel had been a part of WWE since the 70s, working as a ring announcer for a majority of his tenure with the company, being a part of many significant moments. Finkel was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Finkel was the ring announcer for many WWE events, including WrestleMania for several decades with his signature voice being a staple of the company's history. Finkel didn't just work as a ring announcer for the company as he also worked behind the scenes for years. His ring announcing duties were significantly reduced over the past decade, but in 2014, Finkel did serve a cast member on the WWE Network original reality show "Legends' House." 

From WWE:

WWE is saddened to learn that Howard Finkel has passed away at age 69.

When considering 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.

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!” 

Despite being a ring announcer, Finkel didn’t shy away from in-ring competition in certain circumstances. In 1995, he battled his longtime rival Harvey Wippleman in a Tuxedo Match on Raw, and later helped X-Pac shave Jeff Jarrett’s head in a Hair vs. Hair Match at SummerSlam 1998.

In addition to his legendary tenure as a ring announcer, The Fink was an indispensable resource inside the WWE offices for his vast knowledge of sports-entertainment history. Well respected by current Superstars, WWE Legends and Hall of Famers, Finkel’s encyclopedic memory and kindness made him beloved among his colleagues. The Fink was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009.

WWE extends its condolences to Finkel’s family, friends and fans.

Fightful extends its condolences to Finkel's family, friends and loved ones.

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