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Howard Finkel's Job In WWE, Daniel Bryan’s Chants, Bigger Guys In WWE, Creating Finishers

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What is Howard Finkel's job in WWE?

Howard Finkel, WWE's longest tenured employee, is retired as a ring announcer and now an ambassador for the company. I assume he has some type of contract but it's not to work on a regular basis like Lilian Garcia and Justin Roberts. Finkel has been employed by WWE since 1977, he's now 62-years-old.

Is there any particular reason WWE had Daniel Bryan stop with the "Yes, Yes, Yes" chants? After all, it's the main reason he got over.

No, no, no! WWE tinkered with turning Daniel Bryan babyface but ultimately wanted him to remain heel. The logic behind "no, no, no" is simple. Chant the opposite of what the fans are chanting to get heat on him. Because Bryan plays his character so well, it worked to perfection. I disagree the "yes, yes, yes" chants were the main reason he got over, he got over because of how well he plays his character not any particular chant.

With Vince McMahon in love with bigger guys, how did someone like Shawn Michaels become "the guy."?

To assume there is not a bias towards more muscular "giants" as top guys in WWE would be incorrect but it ultimately comes down to who can get over. Shawn Michaels was able to captivate the WWE audience and get over in a way few have ever been able to do. While Vince wants his stars to "look like stars," the main reason someone is going to get elevated as a top guy has to do with whether or not they get over. In this business it's all about drawing and once given the opportunity, how far a worker takes it will determine the booking of their character.

How do the wrestlers come up with their finishing moves and what happens if another wrestler uses or has used that move in the past?

Workers come up with their own finisher and obviously if they are in WWE or TNA, the respective company has the right to modify anything they want to fit their character. Green workers, or rookies, are not supposed to use a popular worker’s finisher as a sign of respect. This can still be done but the proper way to do it is to get that particular worker’s blessing before just going out and using it. Failure to do so rubs people the wrong way and is certainly not how a newer worker would want to start out in the business. If someone showed up in developmental and just started using CM Punk’s GTS, I’m sure they would be told not to use it.

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