WWE stars past and present were delighted to see legendary announcer Howard Finkel at Monday Night Raw just months after suffering a stroke.
“The Fink” has one of the most recognisable voices and faces in wrestling history after his exploits on the mic.
Legendary WWE ring announcer Howard Fink was backstage at MSG last night just months after suffering a strokeInstagram‘The Fink’ was one of the most iconic faces in WWE throughout the 1980s and 90sWWEAfter originally being hired by Vince McMahon’s father in 1975, the 69-year-old began his iconic ring announcing career two years later and was WWE’s longest tenured employee.
Finkel’s famed tones have introduced hundreds of stellar names at countless WrestleManias, appearing at every one from 1985-2016.
But the whole of the WWE Universe was left shocked back in February when it emerged he had suffered a stroke.
Concerns grew as claims were made on the severity of his woes.
However, some of those fears were eased last night after the Hall of Famer was a backstage guest for Raw at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
And “The Fink” – who is still consigned to a wheelchair as he battles back to health – was even well enough to pose with a clutch of wrestling stars in the locker room.
Former tag team champ Curt Hawkins shared a great group shot of himself with Finkel, Cesaro, Heath Slater, Zack Ryder, and Dolph Ziggler in the Big Apple.
He captioned it with: “One of the all time greats. It was so good to see The Fink today!”
And after posting the snap on Instagram, a number of current and former WWE performers were quick to share their joy at seeing The Fink on the mend.
The Bella Twins were one of the first to respond, writing: “Aww love this!!!”
While a fan commented: “So many memories of the Fink at MSG while I was a little kid watching WWE, glad he’s doing a bit better.”
As another said: “Best Ring Announcer of All Time.”
The Fink quickly became the lead announcer for WWE in the late 70s and was inducted into the 2009 Hall of Fame class.
He remained in top spot during the emergence of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock in the late 90s until he opted for a less strenuous schedule during the mid-2000s.
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Lilian Garcia and Tony Chimel would take over the main Raw and SmackDown announcing responsibilities, although Finkel would still appear at WrestleMania.
Fears were first raised over his health in February 2018 when he had to pull out of a scheduled appearance on the Raw 25th Anniversary Show.
However, his voice was still able to introduce The Undertaker via voice recording.
Details of his health have been vague since, although Jerry “The King” Lawler did confirm earlier this year The Fink had suffered a stroke.
by – thesun.co.uk/sport