Professional wrestling has witnessed many iconic commentators over the years, contributing to the sport’s global appeal in multiple languages. Today, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of legendary commentator Günter Zapf at the age of 66.

AEW shared the heartbreaking news on its official Twitter account, paying tribute to Zapf’s invaluable contribution to their Germany announce team over the years.

“With great sadness, AEW mourns the passing of Günter Zapf. A member of AEW Germany’s announce team for many years, he will be dearly missed.”

Günter Zapf’s diverse career spanned American football, wrestling commentary, and sports broadcasting. Originally from Germany, Zapf began his career as a football player in Europe before transitioning to wrestling commentary. In 1993, he became one-half of the renowned WWF German commentary duo alongside Carsten Schaefer. Together, they provided commentary for WWF VHS tapes and weekly TV shows across various German networks.


After leaving WWE in 2013, Zapf expanded his commentary work to include broadcasts for the NFL and MLB in Germany. He eventually returned to professional wrestling, serving as one-half of the German commentary team for AEW alongside former WCW commentator Mike Ritter.

We at Ringside News extend our deepest condolences to Günter Zapf’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. We honor his legacy and pray that his soul rests in peace.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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