The greatest pro wrestling ring announcer that ever lived, and I am not willing to debate that, Howard Finkel has died at age 69. “Fink” began his career in 1975 and debuted as a ring announcer in 1977 in Madison Square Garden. He was the very first employee hired by WWE(F) when Vince McMahon Jr. took over the company from his father. He was hired on April 1, 1980.
His voice and delivery were perfect for pro wrestling. His way of proclaiming any new world champ after a title change by shouting “Aaaaaaaaannnnd neeeeeeeeew” has been copied by every announcer across combat sports.
He was lovable, funny, hard working and was a true historian of WWE. He entered the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame in 2018.
ll never forget when he briefly returned to be CM Punks personal ring announcer for a title match against Alberto Del Rio.
Another one of my favorite memories, is one of the worst matches in pro wrestling history, which is his “tuxedo match” against the vile and disgusting Harvey Wippleman.
He will always remain a bright spot in pro wrestling history and another small piece of our childhood died today. RIP Howard Finkel.