Thursday, April 16, 2020

Rest in Peace, 'Fink'

RIP Fink: 1950 - 2020
Courtesy: WWE

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I've wanted to get back to blogging and other content creation since this whole COVID-19 quarantine stuff started. It was supposed to be a distraction from reality. Fun posts. However, as I make my blogging re-debut it is with a somber tone. This morning as I was just getting my workday started, the news of Howard Finkel's passing hit social media.

Finkel, aka 'The Fink' was the voice of my childhood. Heck, he was even the voice of many of the wrestling matches I watched as an adult. Simply put, news of Fink's death devastated me. There's no denying that he will go down as the GOAT when it comes to ring announcers. He's in a class all his own. Howard Finkel set the standard for what all of today's ring announcers want to be.

Many fans and wrestlers have been sharing their memories of Fink. We've all heard the iconic announcements he made through the years. "And NEW..." has become a phrase I believe we all associate immediately with Fink's style. 

If there has been one person I've tried to emulate in my years on the independent scene of pro wrestling, it's no doubt the Fink. My current gig as ring announcer at Stride Pro Wrestling is the longest stint I've had (just over four years). It's a total ripoff of the legend as I attempt to announce a new champion being crowned. But as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It's an homage to the man with the golden voice. 

Years ago when Fink moved off-screen, I like many fans longed for the days of hearing him in the ring. That distinct bell ringing at Madison Square Garden and the microphone dropping down with Fink's familiar voice are imprinted in my brain. I can hear it all right now as I type this blog. 

Not the best pic, but this is from the HOF ceremony in 2009
At the risk of rambling, I'm going to wrap it up here. I am grateful for the Fink being a part of our lives. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see him get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 in Houston. And I'm grateful to have the chance to step into the ring and follow a dream of announcing the men and women making a name for themselves on the independent scene.

Rest in peace, Fink. You'll be missed.


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