Howard Finkel: WWE legendary announcer dies at the age of 69

Howard Finkel: WWE legendary announcer dies at the age of 69

- WWE Hall of Fame announcer Howard Finkel has died at age 69

- Finkel was a WWE Hall of Famer and the voice of a generation

- Howard Finkel was described as the greatest ring announcer in the history of WWE

WWE has been thrown into mourning following the death of legendary announcer Howard Finkel, the entertainment company has announced.

Howard Finkel made a name for himself as one of the most iconic ring announcers after making his debut at Madison Square Garden in 1977.

The 69-year-old initially debuted for WWE's predecessor WWWF, before becoming a full-time announcer in 1980.

He went on to become the distinctive voice behind for superstars including The Ultimate Warrior and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

WWE confirmed his death on Thursday, April 16, paying an emotional tribute to him.

"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," the entertainment company said in a statement.

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"Well respected by current Superstars, WWE Legends and Hall of Famers, Finkel's encyclopedic memory and kindness made him beloved among his colleagues," the statement continued.

Meanwhile, despite his otherwise illustrious career as an announcer, he also made in-ring competition in certain circumstances.

In 1995 for instance, The Fink, as he was fondly known, he battled his longtime rival Harvey Wippleman in a Tuxedo Match on Raw, and later helped X-Pac shave Jeff Jarrett’s head in a Hair vs. Hair Match at SummerSlam in 1998.

Earlier, reported that at least 21 wrestling superstars have been released by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as the company suffers huge financial crisis, no thanks to the coronavirus crisis, Daily Star reports.

The company on Wednesday night, April 16, said that they were making cuts amid the coronavirus outbreak which has killed more than 134,000 across the globe.

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On hearing the news, fans expressed shock and have thrown their weight of support on the entertainers who have been hit by the decision.

Superstars including Kurt Angle and Drake Maverick were also affected and fans are worried about how they will be entertained while they stay at home during the lockdown.

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