Biff Bam Pop! Remembers Howard “The Fink” Finkel

A little while back, I asserted that Mean Gene Okerlund was the singular most iconic voice in WWE. Well, friends, Thursday marked the passing of another iconic voice – perennial WWF/E ring announcer, Howard Finkel.

Finkel started with the WWF (then known as the WWWF) in 1977, ring announcing at Madison Square Garden. Three short years later, he became the company’s first official hire. Finkel would remain with the WWF for the next twenty years, his iconic “aaaand..NEWWWW world champion!” heralding title changes in arenas and stadiums all over the world.

Finkel, or “The Fink” as he was better known, was inextricably linked to the careers of the biggest stars in the industry. He was associated with generations of WWE performers, including Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock, Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, and dozens of others. Fink had wound down his career over the last 20 years, but was still a mainstay in the WWE, providing mentorship and friendship to a new generation of wrestling superstars and announcers.

In recent years following his Hall of Fame induction in 2004, Finkel was a fixture at conventions and the occasional appearance on Raw. He also lent his powerful voice to a number of weddings, which are immortalized on Youtube. But beyond his iconic voice, Howard Finkel was known as one of the kindest and most generous people in a business that is neither.

Finkel had been in poor health over the last few years and suffered a stroke about a year ago. He passed away on April 16th, 2020 at the age of 69.

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