By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Legendary wrestling ring announcer Howard Finkel has passed away. He was 69.
An official cause of death has not been announced as of this post. He passed away in New Haven, Connecticut.
Before his passing, he had a stroke in 2019. He had also been in bad health.
Finkel began working for the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in 1975 under Vince McMahon Sr. He had been a ring announcer for the company since 1977.
He is considered one of the greatest ring announcers of all-time. In addition, he was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Newark, New Jersey was the very first hire by McMahon Sr. when it was previously known as WWWF. His debut with the company came near his hometown at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
He was still employed by the WWE in a legend capacity at the time of his passing. The WWE was established in 1980.
His voice was recognizable and instantly became popular with the fans. Over two decades, he introduced some of the biggest superstars in the history of the company, including “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson, The Ultimate Warrior, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and more.
One of his signature calls was “and NNNEEEWWW World Champion!”
Besides serving as a ring announcer for the WWE on pay-per-views, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown, Heat, and House Shows, he also was the WWE Hall of Fame announcer. He also served as the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) ring announcer.
In addition, he also served as the Madison Square Garden ring announcer and color commentator.
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