The death of a true wrestling icon, continuing controversy over WWE being an “essential business” and massive cuts by the company made shortly after that declaration overshadow the match results from empty arena television shows this week.

The legendary voice of the WWWF, the WWF and WWE belonging to ring announcer Howard Finkel has gone silent as the company announced his passing this past Thursday of the man known affectionately as “The Fink.” Reportedly in poor health after suffering a couple of strokes during recent years, Finkel began working for Vince Sr. back in 1977, as the ring announcer at Madison Square Garden, and his voice became a signature sound of the wrestling world for three decades during which the company went national. He is a legit Hall of Famer with the universally recognized opening “This contest is set for one fall” and the emphatic bellowing of title change announcements as “The winner and NEWWWW ... (insert title name) champion” in a voice famous for its perfect inflection and ability to excite fans about the significance of the moment.

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