Howard Finkel, legendary WWE announcer, dies at 69

Howard Finkel, a long-time wrestling ring announcer and WWE Hall of Famer, has died, the organization announced on its website. He was 69.

WWE did not rele ase any other details regarding the death.

Finkel, a native of Newark, New Jersey, made his debut with the then-WWWF at Madison Square Garden in 1977, becoming the full-time ring announcer two years later. He is perhaps best known for his signature call, “and NNEEWW World Champion.” He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

“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,” said the tribute posted on “In addition to his legendary tenure as a ring announcer, The Fink was an indispensable resource inside the WWE offices for his vast knowledge of sports-entertainment history.”