Gordon Solie, real name Francis Jonard Labiak (January 26, 1929 – July 27, 2000), was
a professional wrestling play-by-play announcer working for World Championship Wrestling. Gordon Solie was also the regular announcer for Georgia Championship Wrestling, Florida Championship Wrestling, and Continental Championship Wrestling among others.
Gordon Solie is possibly the most recognized voice from the days of "classic wrestling" (used here synonymous with the territorial system) and was nicknamed the "Dean" of wrestling announcers, the "Walter Cronkite of wrestling" and the "Howard Cosell of wrestling." He is best known for his laconic, intelligent commentary, and he tried to
impart a seriousness to ring action that many of his coworkers eschewed for the loud, bombastic style more common today. One of his trademarks was his pronunciation of "suplex" as "su-play."
Since 1995, Gordon Solie was inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame. Solie's last announcing job was to be the infamous Heroes of Wrestling PPV in 1999, but due to failing health, he couldn't make it. Local sports play-by-play caller Randy Rosenbloom was named to fill in, but was almost universally panned by viewers of the event.
Championships and accomplishments:
*He is a member of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (inducted in 1996)
*1981 Best Television Announcer
*1982 Best Television Announcer
*1983 Best Television Announcer
*1989 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Editor's Award for Lifetime Achievement
*1995 WCW Hall of Fame
*1999 Wrestling Perspective Editor's Choice Award
*2004 Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
*2005 National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame