48-year-old former WWE Superstar Gene Snitsky is retiring from pro-wrestling.
Last Friday Snitsky announced on Instagram, his plans to stop wrestling after working a few more shows and that he wants to spend more time with his girlfriend and focus on weight training.
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Only gonna do a few more shows!!!!! I've decided to move on and focus more on other things like @carianneb1 for instance…. And ofcourse weight training and appearances just no more in ring competition lol….. I've been losing the love over the last few yrs and honestly don't like the way wrestling is going….. Just wanna thank all my fans…. for without you there would never have been a SNITSKY!!!! I truly love my fans and always will…… Thx for taking the time to watch me perform it means the world to me!!!!! #itsnotmyfault #stillnotmyfault #neverwillbemyfault
WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel has been dealing with some health issues for the past few months.
The 68-year-old is hailed by the WWE Universe as the best ring-announcer of all time. Finkel is also the longest-tenured employee in WWE and celebrated 38 years of employment with the company in April, 2018.
Today marks my 38th year of employment by the WWE it’s been a hell of a great ride for me!
— Howard Finkel (@howardfinkel) April 1, 2018
Finkel began working for Vince McMahon Sr.’ World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1975, two years before he was handed a permanent role as a ring announcer. Howard Finkel coined the word “WrestleMania” based on the Beatlemania team.
Howard’s on-air role with WWE was reduced in the early 2000’s when the company hired Lilian Garcia and Tony Chimel but he continued to work behind-the-scenes at the company offices in Stamford, CT. In recent years, he was the ring announcer for the annual Hall Of Fame ceremony but hasn’t been a part of WrestleMania since 2016. He told friends in 2017 that he could not travel to WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida due to sickness.