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Wrestlers Pay Tribute Following The Death Of Howard Finkel

Wrestlers Pay Tribute Following The Death Of Howard Finkel

Former WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel has sadly passed away, aged 69.

The legendary announcer was the WWE's first and longest serving employee, having joined the WWWF - its regional predecessor - in 1977 before going on to become one the most iconic voices in professional wrestling. In their statement on their website today, WWE paid tribute to the 2009 Hall of Fame inductee:

"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!'"

"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."

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The Fink was an unforgettable voice for a generation of wrestling fans and may of those he worked with have been paying tribute:

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Finkel was an ever-present face on WWE television throughout the 80s and 90s but gradually faded off our screens after the turn of the century. He did however return for one special introduction in 2011.

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Mark Farrelly
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Balls Media Audience Development Manager. Former Miss World 1997 contestant.

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