Former ROH announcer Mike Hogewood has passed away, and ROH issued the below statement via Twitter and via the company website:
Ring of Honor mourns the passing of former Ring of Honor announcer Mike Hogewood, who passed away Wednesday September 5, 2018. Hogewood, 63, served as the play-by-play announcer for Ring of Honor’s ROH on HD Net television program for all 100 episodes, delivering enthusiasm and his signature “Slap The Porpoise” catchphrase each week next to Dave Prazak.
Hogewood is a legend among ACC fans for his calls of ACC men’s and women’s basketball, as well as football, and maintained a strong presence in NASCAR broadcasting in a two-and-a-half decade career at a national level.
“(Hogewood) made ROH accessible for fans who were not familiar with the product but loved pro wrestling,” current play-by-play announcer Ian Riccaboni told ROHWrestling.com. “His enthusiasm was infectious and he was a wonderful steward for ROH on satellite television in its early days.”
Hogewood became a fixture in college sports and pro wrestling-loving Greensboro, NC and became heavily involved in local theater.
Ring of Honor sends its condolences to Hogewood’s family, friends, fans, and those who enjoyed listening to him throughout his illustrious career.
According to WGHP FOX channel 8 in Greensboro, NC, Hogewood passed away at the age of 63. Hogewood was hand-picked by HD Net, now AXS TV, to be the voice of Ring of Honor during ROH’s two year run on the cable network, and he is best known in wrestling for his memorable line “slap the porpoise”.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) September 6, 2018
So saddened to find out about the passing of Mike Hogewood.
He really was a nice gentleman who worked hard and let me push him to call a sport that was not native to him. He really was passionate about @ringofhonor and I am proud to have worked with this legend. https://t.co/Pikbnm0mpy
— David Lagana (@Lagana) September 6, 2018