We would like to send along well wishes to WWE Hall Of Famer Howard Finkel. We don’t have many details but he has been dealing with some health issues during the last several months.
A friend of Finkel saw him a few months ago told us that he has lost weight but it’s unclear if that has anything to do with his current health issues. Finkel’s voice was used for The Undertaker’s introduction at the Raw 25th anniversary show in January but we are told that the audio was pre-taped because Finkel was not able to travel.
The 68-year-old is known by most long-time WWE fans as the best ring announcer of all-time. He is also the longest-tenured employee in the company. Finkel began working for Vince McMahon, Sr.’s World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1975, two years before he was given the permanent role as a ring announcer. Finkel is also the man who coined the phrase “WrestleMania” based on the Beatlemania term.
His 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 announcers for the Hall Of Fame introductions at WrestleMania but he hasn’t been at Mania since 2016. He told friends last year that he could not travel to WrestleMania 33 in Orlando because he was sick.
In April, he celebrated 38 years of employment with WWE:
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
Again, whatever his health issues are, we wish him the best.