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Top five greatest WWE Ring Announcers of all time

Published at :May 29, 2024 at 4:00 AM
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WWE has seen an influx of multiple-ring announcers from the golden age to the modern era.

WWE is considered the mecca of professional wrestling with its top-tier competitors, state-of-the-art production, and key figures, all of whose contributions have made it a global juggernaut. An integral part of that magnanimous presentation are the WWE ring announcers. The personnel are responsible for introducing superstars to the ring, announcing their vitals, hometowns, and accolades to the audience.

Furthermore, WWE has seen multiple talented ring announcers right from the golden age of wrestling all the way through to the modern-day era, bringing their own styles and personalities to the table. Here are the five greatest WWE ring announcers of all time:

5. Samantha Irvin

Samantha Irvin has redefined the meaning of being a ring announcer with her captivating voice, distinctive style and going extra lengths with her in-ring duties on Monday Night RAW. Moreover, new WWE productions put a huge spotlight on her during announcements nowadays and she even got the grace of the WWE Universe by being the sole ring announcer for both nights of WrestleMania 40.

With her talents and popularity growing by the day, Samantha Irvin is well on her way to perhaps, becoming the greatest in-ring announcer of all time.

4. Justin Roberts

Justin Roberts began his career as a ring announcer all the way back in 2002 doing sporadic appearances as a ring announcer. During the late 2000s, he became the centrepiece of ring announcements for Monday Night RAW and was also the sole announcer at WrestleMania 27.

Following his 12-year tenure in WWE, he chose not to re-sign and began working on the independent circuit. Currently, he serves as the ring announcer for WWE’s direct rivals, AEW, and has proven himself to be an important part of their television programming.

3. Tony Chimel

Tony Chimel was the first ring announcer for WWE’s now premier show, SmackDown when it first came into existence in 1999. His exceptional sound, style, and memorable way of announcing the word ‘Champion’ separated him from past and present-day announcers.

Another memorable announcement he was associated with was for the Rated-R Superstar, Edge. Furthermore, Chimel spent over a decade with the company and continues to make sporadic appearances on multiple occasions for WWE.

2. Lilian Garcia

The first renowned female ring announcer who paved the way for current-day talents like Alicia Taylor and Samantha Irvin was the one and only Lilian Garcia. She was the cornerstone for Monday Night RAW, beginning her tenure in the early 2000s.

Not only that she was also involved in a handful of storylines including portraying Viscera’s girlfriend. In all, Garcia is a bonafide trailblazer for WWE ring announcing who is widely remembered for her contributions and was welcome to a thunderous response recently on RAW sharing ring announcement duties with Samantha Irvin.

Also Read: Why did ring announcer Lilian Garcia leave WWE in 2016?

1. Howard Finkel

Perhaps, the most legendary name in WWE when it came to ring announcement was Howard Finkel who debuted at Madison Square Garden on January 17, 1977, as a ring announcer. He set the stage for bringing the spotlight for the job back in the golden era of wrestling with stars like Hulk Hogan and even carried on his contributions to the late 1990s and early 2000s for modern-day stars like The Rock.

As the years passed by, Finkel transitioned into other roles but continued to make one-off ring announcement appearances. Eventually, his contributions were immortalized by the company when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2009.

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