[Howard Finkel Gallery]
||"The Fink" Howard Finkel
||June 7, 1957
||New York City
Howard Finkel started as an usher at the New Haven Coliseum in 1972..
1975: Howard Finkel approached his boss at the Coliseum to contact the WWWF about holding events at the venue..
~~~The meeting between the Coliseum and the WWWF was a success, and Vince McMahon Jr asked to meet Howard Finkel to thank him for bringing the two parties together..
1976: Howard Finkel began ring announcing WWWF matches at the New Haven Coliseum.
January 17, 1977: Howard Finkel replaced Bob E. Lee as the Madison Square Garden ring announcer on MSG Cablevision/USA Network broadcasts..
1979: Howard Finkel became a full time WWF employee..
Howard Finkel was also the first WWF Titan Sports employee under the ownership of Vince McMahon Jr..
1984: As the WWF became a national wrestling promotion, Vince McMahon promoted Howard Finkel to lead ring announcer (replacing Gary Michael Cappetta)..
Finkel's promotion came when Vince McMahon felt that the WWF needed it's 'own voice'.
Finkel's ring announcing responsibilities included untelevised stadium shows, pay per view events, and television flagship shows such as Championship Wrestling, Tuesday Night Titans, Superstars of Wrestling, Saturday Night's Main Event and Monday Night Raw from 1993 to 1997..
Several sources say that Finkel suggested the "WrestleMania" name, and Vince McMahon immediately accepted the idea..
Howard Finkel is credited for giving Ricky Steamboat his "Dragon" moniker..
Howard Finkel had a brief stint as a commentator, but that didn't last..
1986: Howard Finkel became full time ring announcer for WWF events held at the Maple Leaf Gardens..
WWF ring announcers Mel Phillips and Mike MiGurk were assigned to secondary TV shows and events while Howard Finkel remained as the lead ring announcer..
Howard Finkel provided voice overs on WWF TV shows throughout the 1980s advertising upcoming WWF House Show events..
Howard Finkel worked for WWF Coliseum Home Video as a researcher..
April 4, 1993 - WrestleMania 9: Howard Finkel was introduced as 'Finkus Maximus'..
March 20, 1994 - WrestleMania X: Howard Finkel pushes Harvey Wippleman to the ground after Wippleman verbally and physically harassed him..
Howard Finkel served as an advisor for WWF publications..
July 5, 1999: Howard Finkel snitched to police where X-Pac & Roaddog were backstage so they could be arrested..
July 12, 1999: X-Pac & Road Dog found Howard Finkel backstage and tarred & feathered him for punishment..
August 1999: Howard Finkel became a lacky for newcomer Chris Jericho, who repeatedly took advantage of The Fink's loyalty..
September 16, 1999 - Smackdown!: Curtis Hughes beat Ken Shamrock by DQ with a masked referee named El Dopo (Howard Finkel)..
October 14, 1999 - Smackdown!: Chris Jericho defeated Curtis Hughes with help from Howard Finkel..
~~~After the match, Chris Jericho "gave" Curtis Hughes the services of Howard Finkel.......
October 18, 1999 - RAW: Curtis Hughes lost everything, including Howard Finkel, to the Acolytes in a game of poker..
Howard Finkel took a lighter schedule with addition of Tony Chimmel and Lillian Garcia to the Raw and SmackDown shows..
Howard Finkel provides ring announcing for House Shows and weekend shows..
Howard Finkel co-hosted WWE Byte This..
Howard Finkel has appeared at every WrestleMania..
Howard Finkel has been involved in angles with such wrestlers as Chris Jericho, APA & Trish Stratus..
Aug 5, 2002 - RAW: The Fink & Lillian Garcia begin a feud to be the RAW ring announcer, but are attacked by the Island Boys!
Aug 26, 2002 - RAW: Lilian Garcia beat The Fink in an evening gown/tuxedo match for the right to be the RAW ring announcer..
October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Howard Finkel participated in a Legends Ceremony which included roughly 24 Legends..
Howard Finkel was phased out from ring announcing WWE pay per view events..
April 2, 2006 - WrestleMania 22: Howard Finkel introduced recording artist Michelle Williams to sing America the Beautiful. Later in the evening, Finkel introduced the 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees..
May 19, 2006 - Smackdown: Howard Finkel filled in for ring announcer Tony Chimel..
April 1, 2007 - WrestleMania 23: Howard Finkel appeared and introduced all the WWE Hall of Fame Inductees Class of 2007..
Howard Finkel is now a road agent..