Penzer at Impact Wrestling tapings in April 2017
|Born||The Bronx, New York|
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||David Penzer|
|Billed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Billed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|Trained by||Gary Cappetta|
David Penzer is an American realtor, podcast host and former professional wrestling ring announcer, best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1993-2001 (1995-2001 as main ring announcer) and TNA/Impact Wrestling from 2005-2010 and 2017. He is currently a Tampa Bay realtor and the host of “Sitting Ringside” podcast.
Early career (1988–1993)
Penzer attended the University of Florida. While there, he operated a mobile disc jockey company. He debuted as a ring announcer in 1988, appearing with the Global Wrestling Alliance in the South Florida metropolitan area.
World Championship Wrestling (1993–2001)
Penzer first became involved with World Championship Wrestling around mid-to-late 1993 or early 1994 while acting as a booking agent for Floridan jobbers who appeared at WCW events. He was eventually hired by Tony Schiavone in 1995 and was mentored by Gary Cappetta. When Cappetta was released from WCW in 1995, Penzer was appointed main ring announcer by WCW President Eric Bischoff. His announcing attire was notable in that, rather than the traditional black, Penzer often wore a vibrantly colorful cummerbund with his tuxedo.
Penzer's place at wrestling events was usually restricted to announcing; however, in late 1997, Chris Jericho found himself on a losing streak and would repeatedly attack Penzer for announcing the winner's name, often taking Penzer's steel chair and repeatedly bash it against the ring post. Jericho would then give humorous apologies and even gave Penzer a new suit jacket as a gift, yet he would once again throw a tantrum soon after. Penzer remained with WCW until the promotion was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in March 2001. In the course of his WCW career, he attended every single taping of WCW Monday Nitro as well as Thunder.
Following the sale of WCW, Penzer worked with the Xcitement Wrestling Federation until it closed. He then began working on the independent circuit as a booking agent, in addition to acting as the manager of Rowdy Roddy Piper's book tour and appearing with the short-lived World Wrestling All-Stars promotion. In 2001, he was the ring announcer for the main event of a NWA Florida show where Steve Corino defeated Mike Rapada to become the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. In 2004. he became Vice President of an airbrush tattoo company.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2005-2010)
On the October 16, 2008 edition of TNA Impact!, Kurt Angle beat up Penzer and then put the Ankle lock on him. Penzer was legitimately injured as his face became swollen. Backstage announcer Jeremy Borash took over ring announcing duties for the rest of the night.
On May 16, 2010, Penzer was released from TNA.
In 2014 David became a real estate agent in the Tampa, FL area with Exit Elite Realty.
In 2017, he began to appear regularly on the YouTube channel "The Hannibal TV" either recalling his experiences in wrestling or interviewing other stars on their experiences. It was the first time in 7 years he was seen in the wrestling business.
Return to Impact Wrestling / Global Force Wrestling (2017)
Penzer returned to Impact Wrestling as a ring announcer at the April 21 Impact Wrestling television tapings. He was the ring announcer for much of 2017 up until Bound for Glory in November. On Dec. 18, 2017 Penzer announced on his "Sitting Ringside" Podcast that he will not return to Impact Wrestling in the near future due to their ongoing budget cuts.
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