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WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel passes away

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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.

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Always liked that guy. Rest in Peace to one of the greatest voices ever heard in a professional wrestling ring. Wish his family the best.

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Man 2020 knows no chill, damn.

RIP Fink, one of the best to ever do it.

Edited by E#37

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My favorite ring announcer ever even though I didn’t get to watch him live. 2020 just can’t get any worse, can it? Rest easy, Fink. 

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Another important part of my childhood is gone...

The Fink will always be remembered..

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RIP for an absolute legend, was great hearing the sound of his voice while growing up.

You will be missed.

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Nothing like hearing "AND NEW..............." after a title change.  Man, this year sucks already.  Kenny Rogers, Joe Diffie and now the Fink.  RIP Fink.

Edited by Doink!

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It's not been a good 48 hours for the wrestling world. It's not been a good year end of, sadly it keeps getting worse.

R.I.P Fink, you will be missed by everyone that has ever liked this industry.

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The best thing is if there is an afterlife, he'll be introducing the mega-star tag team match between Randy Savage & Ultimate Warrior against Andre the Giant & Rowdy Roddy Piper, with Monsoon and Heenan on commentary. But for us left here, we've lost a great man. RIP Fink

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