Howard Finkel Wiki – Howard Finkel Bio
Howard Finkel was an American professional wrestling ring announcer, employed by WWE. He began working for Vince McMahon Sr.’s World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in 1975, making him the company’s longest-tenured employee and was a ring announcer since 1977. Widely regarded as one of the best ring announcers of all time, Finkel was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
Howard Finkel Age
He was 69 years old.
Howard Finkel Career
Finkel, a native of Newark, New Jersey, is the WWE’s first employee after having been first hired in 1975 by Vince McMahon, Sr. for what was then known as the WWWF. Finkel debuted as a ring announcer at Madison Square Garden on January 17, 1977. By 1979
On January 19, 1987, Howard Finkel was presented a plaque by Gene Okerlund, commemorating ten years of announcing at Madison Square Garden. In 1993, at the “Roman”-themed WrestleMania IX, Howard Finkel was introduced in a toga as Finkus Maximus.
In 1995, Finkel took a seven-month hiatus from ring announcing on PPVs and Television broadcasts (but not at house shows) and was replaced by Manny Garcia. Finkel returned to full-time ring announcing at Royal Rumble 1996.
By 2000, Howard Finkel had taken a lighter schedule with the additions of Lilian Garcia and Tony Chimel to Raw and SmackDown, respectively, but he still announced for some of the WWF/E’s pay-per-view events.
By 2006, Finkel was rarely heard from even at pay-per-views. However, he regularly announced at house shows and would introduce the WWE Hall of Fame inductees at WrestleMania. Finkel himself was inducted on April 4, 2009 by “Mean” Gene Okerlund. Because Finkel was one of that year’s inductees, SmackDown announcer Justin Roberts replaced him in introducing the group at WrestleMania XXV. Finkel’s current television appearances are sporadic, at major pay-per-views and occasional episodes of Raw and SmackDown. Finkel appeared at every WrestleMania from 1985-2016.
On January 22, 2018, at the 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw, Finkel was the announcer to introduce The Undertaker, although it was a recording due to him being unable to attend the event.
In recent years, he had been working in a backstage role for WWE.
Howard Finkel Death & Cause
WWE chief Stephanie McMahon led the tributes to the Hall of Famer, declaring: “Howard’s voice is iconic and recognised by generations of fans.
“He will be missed. Thank you for everything.”
Finkel made his WWE debut in 1977 for the WWWF in Madison Square Garden.
He remained a mainstay in WWE for years after becoming the company’s full-time announcer in 1979.
Finkel also took part in a number of memorable matches, notably helping X-Pac shave Jeff Jarrett’s head in a Hair vs. Hair Match at SummerSlam 1998.
A WWE statement paid tribute, stating: “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.
“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 encyclopaedic 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.”
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