WWE news: Hall of Famer Howard Finkel passes away aged 69

  • Alex Batt

WWE have announced that legendary ring announcer Howard Finkel has sadly passed away.

The old saying goes ‘when it rains, it pours’ and that is seemingly the case in the land of World Wrestling Entertainment right now.

A mere 24 hours after it was announced that major cuts would be coming, putting superstars and staff members at risk, a legendary figure of the industry sadly loses his life.

Many wrestlers were dismissed yesterday due to the coronavirus, and many off-screen talent also lost their jobs, but if we thought that would be the end of the sad news, we were wrong.

Finkel is a legend of the industry and will forever be remembered as one of the very best to hold a microphone.

Writing on their official website, WWE said: “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, WWF.

“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.”

April 2020 will forever be a horrid time for WWE, and the passing of Howard Finkel symbolises that.

Our thoughts are with Finkel’s family. A true legend of the industry has sadly lost his life.

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