It was announced earlier today that Howard Finkel, who had one of the most iconic voices in WWE had passed away at the age of 69. The legendary announcer joined WWE back in 1977 and became the company’s first full-time broadcaster in 1979, before the following year when WWE was officially established, Finkel became the company’s first employee.
Finkel was part of every WrestleMania event from 1985 until 2016 and was one of the longest-tenured WWE superstars in the history of the company. After he was replaced as a ring announcer, he transitioned into a backstage role with the company where he was able to be part of many up and coming stars journeys into WWE.
There has been no official cause of death revealed for the long-time announcer, who’s voice and legacy will continue to live on in WWE as each ring announcer continues to punctuate “Annnnnd Neeeeew” whenever there’s a significant title change, a piece that Finkel made iconic throughout his tenure.
Finkel took his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2009 and was someone that had inspired a number of up and coming stars throughout his career, many of which have paid tribute to Finkel after the sad news was revealed by WWE earlier today.
It’s been a rough few months for WWE who were forced to move WrestleMania to the Performance Center earlier this month and were then forced to cut a number of long-tenured WWE talents yesterday after Vince McMahon made it clear that their hand had been forced.
It’s going to get much worse before it gets better for WWE, but the news of one of the most popular stars in the company both on and off-screen passing away has just added to a terrible week for the wrestling world as a whole.