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Howard Finkel

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Howard Finkel (born June 7, 1950) is a professional wrestling ring announcer currently working with WWE in a variety of roles.[1] Hired in 1975 by Vincent J. McMahon's World Wide Wrestling Federation, "The Fink" was the first person brought in to Vincent K. McMahon's nascent World Wrestling Federation and is widely credited as WWE's first and longest lasting employee.[2]

[edit] Career

Finkel built his reputation announcing matches at Madison Square Garden

Finkel, a native of Newark, New Jersey, began announcing wrestling shows at Madison Square Garden in 1977. By 1979, he was hired as the first employee of WWE (formerly WWF), and he was made lead ring announcer for the WWF's biggest events. Across three decades, Finkel's distinctive voice was one of the trademarks of WWF programming, and was sometimes used in the packaged intros for the company's weekly programming. Finkel's signature call was his announcement of a new champion following a change in titles, in which he would place increased emphasis while stretching out the word "New" in order to draw the greatest reaction from the crowd.[3] Finkel also suggested the well-known pay-per-view name "WrestleMania," (he got it from The Beatles' theme in the 1960s BeatleMania) which owner Vince McMahon immediately accepted. Finkel also came up with Ricky Steamboat's "Dragon" nickname.

On January 19, 1987, Howard Finkel was presented with a plaque commemorating his 10 years (for WWWF) announcing at Madison Square Garden by Gene Okerlund.[4] In 1993 at the Roman-themed WrestleMania IX, Howard Finkel was introduced as Finkus Maximus. Finkel admitted to Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas on The Score that he was also part of talent relations and some of the creative side, during the early days of the World Wrestling Federation[5]

[edit] Finkel in storylines

As an announcer, Finkel was generally separate from the scripted angles, but occasionally became part of the company's storylines. In 1992 he was attacked by Kamala. On March 20, 1994 at WrestleMania X he pushed manager Harvey Wippleman to the ground, after Wippleman had verbally and physically harassed him. This led to Finkel's first-ever in-ring match on January 9, 1995, a tuxedo match against Harvey Wippleman on Monday Night Raw; he won by stripping Wippleman to his underwear.

Finkel was also involved in a feud between X-Pac and Jeff Jarrett after Jarrett shaved the already near-bald Finkel's head. This culminated in a Hair versus Hair match at SummerSlam 1998 with Finkel in the corner of X-Pac. X-Pac won the match and Finkel assisted him in cutting Jarrett's hair.

In August 1999, Finkel became a follower of the newly debuting Chris Jericho. On August 26, 1999, during the pilot episode of WWE SmackDown, Jericho enouraged Finkel to attack Smackdown announcer Tony Chimel and take back his place as lead announcer. Finkel ran down the aisle, shoving Chimel and ordering him to step aside. As Finkel started to announce, Chimel threw Finkel from the ring. While Jericho helped Finkel to the back, they crossed paths with Ken Shamrock, who jostled against Jericho. Jericho convinced Finkel to distract Shamrock during his match, which he did. After Finkel berated Shamrock, the wrestler began twisting Finkel's finger, permitting Jericho to hit Shamrock from behind with a steel chair. Several weeks later, Finkel adopted the role of "El Dopo," a masked referee who unfairly officiated a Shamrock match, awarding the win to Curtis Hughes.[6] On the October 14 episode of Smackdown! Jericho defeated Curtis Hughes with help from Finkel but then "gave" Finkel's services to Curtis Hughes after the match.[7] Four days later on Monday Night Raw, Curtis Hughes bet and lost Finkel in a game of poker.[8]

On the August 22, 2002 episode of Raw, Finkel began a brief feud with Raw ring announcer Lilian Garcia over the lead spot, before both were attacked by Three Minute Warning.[9] The following week, Garcia defeated Finkel in an evening gown/tuxedo match with help from Trish Stratus and Stacy Keibler, who were ostensibly insulted by a "dumb blonde" remark made by Finkel.[10]

[edit] 2000-present

By 2000, Howard Finkel had taken a lighter schedule with the additions of Tony Chimel and Lilian Garcia to the Raw and SmackDown (Garcia on Raw, Chimel on Smackdown) shows, but still announced at some of WWE's pay-per-view events.

By 2006, Finkel was rarely heard from even at PPVs. However, Finkel would introduce the Hall of Fame classes during WrestleMania event. Finkel himself was inducted to the Hall on April 4, 2009 by "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Due to the fact that he was one of that year's inductees, Smackdown announcer Justin Roberts replaced Finkel in introducing the group at WrestleMania XXV. Finkel's current television appearances are only sporadic, appearing only at major pay-per-view special events and the occasional episode of Raw or SmackDown!. In one of his more notable facts, Finkel has the distinction of being the only WWF/E performer to appear on-screen at every single WrestleMania event.

Finkel supplied the voiceover intro for the WWE.com video show The Dirt Sheet and does behind-the-scenes work for WWE projects, including conducting interviews for various WWE.com programs. He is also WWE's chief statistician. He made another appearance on September 7, serving as announcer for special guest host Bob Barker's The Price is Right-inspired segments. He could also be seen in the background of the Decade of SmackDown celebrations on October 2. He also helps host WWE chat with Corey Clayton.

Finkel returned to Raw on November 15, 2010 for the "Old School" Episode to become a special guest ring announcer for one night only. He also appeared on a recent episode of NXT in an "Out-think The Fink" Challenge. On March 28. 2011, Howard Finkel admitted to Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas on The Score that his favorite moment, that defined his career, was announcing at WrestleMania III in front of over 93,000 fans[11]

Finkel appeared on 1wrestling Radio in Philadelphia on March 30, 2011 to give his thoughts on that year's Wrestlemania card. During the interview, Finkel is asked by Host Bruce Wirt about what propelled the success of Hulkamania in the 1980s. Finkel, a veteran of the entire Hulk Hogan era, gave Bobby Heenan accolades for helping to propel Hogan to the top by acting as a tremendous antagonist.[12] On that same broadcast, pro wrestling journalist Bill Apter admits that coming up as a wrestling fan, his favorite part of the show was listening to Howard Finkel announce the wrestlers' names.

At the 2011 Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden, Finkel made a guest appearance as the special ring announcer for CM Punk in his WWE Championship match against Alberto Del Rio.

On December 30th 2011 Finkel made a appearance at a Wwe live event in Hartford Ct at the XL Center formally known as the Hartford Civic Center

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