Earlier today, we announced the passing of legendary WWE Hall Of Fame announcer Howard Finkel. Shortly after, we shared some of the early reactions from the wrestling world in the link below:
In only a few hours, many more have shared their tributes to his life in an outpouring of emotional posts, showing the scale of how beloved he was for his unparalleled kindness and generosity.
Saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and WWE’s first employee, WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel. The grandest moments in sports-entertainment history were made all the grander thanks to Howard’s iconic voice. pic.twitter.com/aAMY2XaHsm
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 16, 2020
No one made a moment quite like The Fink 🐐
AND NEWWWWWWWWW pic.twitter.com/SJTc1K1xdz
— WWE on BT Sport (@btsportwwe) April 16, 2020
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I will miss this man. Howard Finkel was the voice @christian4peeps and I emulated when we performed our own ring introductions for our living room or side yard(depending on the weather) wrestling “shows”. I know there’s an entire generation of kids, now grizzled adults who did the same thing. He was “our voice”. When I debuted in the WWE and I heard Howard’s voice introduce Edge, I welled up. THAT’S when it became real that I’d made it. I will never forget the goosebumps I had the night on a house show at The Skydome when he said “and NEEEEEEWWWW Intercontinental Champion”. Our first tag title win at WrestleMania of all places. The voice? Howard. More importantly than all of that, he was my friend. He was a genuine, warm and compassionate man who absolutely LOVED his job. I remember standing with him nightly behind the curtain with a bunch of the boys firing him up as Welcome to the Jungle played for his ring intro music. This hurts. The Fink. The best. Ever.
You weren’t someone until you heard Howard announce you. A championship win didn’t feel real until you heard him say “and the new!” His voice, his personality, and his positivity will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything…especially your friendship. https://t.co/CYSPt6vnvU
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 16, 2020
Howard Finkle was on Team Hogan through the good and bad times,even when I was on the outs Howard would call on a consistent basis to tell me to always keep my head up,it was” never say never” and “you and Vince will work it out”,my good friend RIP,I love you 4LifeHH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 16, 2020
Fink, you’ll always be number 1. RIP my friend.
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) April 16, 2020
— Lilian Garcia (@LilianGarcia) April 16, 2020
Thanks Howard….for being the best wrestling ring announcer in history, a great employee for the @WWE, a good guy and a loyal lackey! Hopefully you’ll announce my entrance into the great unknown when I join you some… https://t.co/qQ7gdbhpAR
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) April 16, 2020
Rest in Peace Howard Finkel.
Greatest ring announcer of all time.
Historian and walking wrestling encyclopedia.
Hall of Famer.
Love you Fink. pic.twitter.com/tqvVq6gMeR
— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) April 16, 2020
First met Howard Finkel in 1993 when I started working with @WWE.
Always the most helpful and genuine friend to everyone he came in contact with. My favorite day with Howard was when he and I attended a Cleveland Browns, New York Jets game together. Miss you, Fink! RIP pic.twitter.com/z5PP9MeEEJ
— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) April 16, 2020
Love you @howardfinkel RIP my brother
— Gbrisco🤼♂️ (@Fgbrisco) April 16, 2020
Howard Finkel was with the @WWE from the beginning. He was a loyal employee, a Hall of Fame announcer, and most of all, a great friend. Even in the years I wasn’t with the WWE, I stayed in contact with Howard. You simply couldn’t find a nicer guy.
R.I.P. my friend. pic.twitter.com/7IVHN6FZVh
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) April 16, 2020
I thought I was out of tears but I was wrong. The news just keeps getting worse. I just heard about the passing of a wonderful human being & one of the GREATEST RING ANNOUNCERS EVER @howardfinkel. I am going to miss that undeniable voice and his wonderful wit. #RIPHowardFinkel pic.twitter.com/59IE3eyoci
— Charles Robinson (@WWERobinson) April 16, 2020
So sad about the passing of my dear friend. The first time I flew to TVs I marked out as ‘The Voice of the WWE’ picked me up! When he saw me alone, he kept me company. He was my first friend in the WWE and I’ll never forget his kindness and absolute love of the biz. #RIPFink pic.twitter.com/k6Jp7uPDgB
— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) April 16, 2020
At WrestleMania 2000 after E&C won our first tag titles I found myself alone in the locker room w/ Howard Finkel after the show. I said “Howard, I’ve waited my whole life to hear YOU say those words”.. AAAND NEWWW.. he hugged me.. He was genuine. He was the best. RIP
— Jay 'Christian' Reso (@Christian4Peeps) April 16, 2020
Very sad to hear #HowardFinkel passed. He was just a great guy always joking, laughing & positive. The greatest Ring Announcer ever, his iconic voice will live in Pro Wrestling history forever. Prayers go out to his family. #RIPFink pic.twitter.com/XGAYVwQrwv
— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) April 16, 2020
When I first got to WWE, I couldn’t wait to hear Howard Finkel announce my name. He’s without a doubt the greatest ring announcer of all time. #RIPFink
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) April 16, 2020
My sympathies and prayers go out to the family of HOWARD FINKEL. He wasn’t just a WWE Hall of Famer, he was a Hall of Famer in life! You’ll be missed brother. RIP. DDP pic.twitter.com/908mSHLEvY
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) April 16, 2020
— Eugene Nick Dinsmore (@UGeneDinsmore) April 16, 2020
It's crushing to learn of the passing of #HowardFinkel – The voice of a generation of WWF fans and a genuinely nice man, sweet soul . . . My sincerest condolences to his family . . . #RIPFink pic.twitter.com/nkBWhh1N0h
— Gary Cappetta (@GaryCappetta) April 16, 2020
God Bless ya Fink. 🙏
Thanks for the childhood memories.
Thanks for always being on our side.
Thanks for being a friend. pic.twitter.com/33UCOChwPc
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) April 16, 2020
We are saddened to learn that Legendary Wrestling Ring Announcer, Howard Finkel has passed away at the age of 69. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/HiwooWVF4f
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) April 16, 2020
IMPACT Wrestling is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Howard Finkel. We send our condolences to his friends and family.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2020
HE PUT ME OVER. HE MAKE ME LOOK LIKE THE LEGEND. HE MAKE ME SMILE. FOREVER I LOVE YOU HOWARD FINKEL pic.twitter.com/cY8tTHDqds
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) April 16, 2020
I’m saddened to hear of the passing of someone which most of us remember as The Voice of WWE, Howard Finkle. He was the nicest guy in the business & more importantly, My Friend. Rest in piece Fink. 🙏🏼 #Godspeed… https://t.co/VT2XFSQCkJ
— Chavo Guerrero jr. (@mexwarrior) April 16, 2020
I’m sad to hear of the passing of Howard Finkel! He was a gentleman and kind soul! I will always be debted to him for escorting Eddie from Minneapolis to Phoenix after he passed. When he called me….he said…”I don’t want Eddie to be flown home by himself”. RIP love you friend pic.twitter.com/gZM1ZMCltQ
— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) April 16, 2020
The voice of a generation. One the absolute sweetest humans with so much passion for this business. Howard always had so many kind words of encouragement for me when I first started working with @wwe it was a… https://t.co/d6TAATjojA
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) April 16, 2020
Miss you my friend. God's speed! Rest well Fink! 💔 pic.twitter.com/kT4dttS0eJ
— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) April 16, 2020
We lost one of the greatest ring announcers of all time, Howard Finkel. Howard was the man who came up with the name “WrestleMania” and he was one of the most beloved people in @WWE. Howard ring announced my dad’s very first match at @TheGarden. We love you, Howard. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8TdmTvZQph
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) April 16, 2020
Fink was the voice of my childhood. Ya know what else? He was the kindest human being I ever met & I cherished our conversations.
Here’s him announcing the first NXT Title match. Hearing his voice say my name was a dream come true. May he rest in power. https://t.co/9qrWBTaGlE
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) April 16, 2020
I have nothing but positive memories of you Howard. Such a good hearted, beautiful person who was kind to all. I’ll never forget the day you said to me “I hope I have the honor of announcing you someday.” Thank you for always believing in me.
You will be greatly missed. #RIPFink pic.twitter.com/i4dPtmJUsF
— Zelina Vega (@Zelina_VegaWWE) April 16, 2020
I saw a voicemail after a day of training at OVW, it was my call up to raw! Howard Finkel spoke as if announcing a new world champion, at madison square garden! I will never forget that + his “welcome to the jungle” entrance is unmatched & sparked us all to have a great show!
— Nic Nemeth (@HEELZiggler) April 16, 2020
More than a #Legend More than #TheVoice He is #TheFink ❤️Rest in Paradise dear Howard. The impact you made on our industry was undeniable. But then, the impact you made on us all, as a Man, was truly unforgettable. We will miss you. Until then my friend. Xoxo #RIPHowardFinkel
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) April 16, 2020
RIP Howard Finkel, the legendary WWE announcer pic.twitter.com/Rg5MRHOxP7
— William Patrick Corgan (@Billy) April 16, 2020
I remember early in my @WWE career there was a Mexico tour where Lilian Garcia was unable to attend & Howard Finkel stepped in. When he announced me as I made my entrance I had the biggest grin on my face, I was that 10-year-old boy for a moment #ThankYouFink #ripfink
— Santino Marella (@milanmiracle) April 16, 2020
— Dylan Postl (@wwehornswoggle) April 16, 2020
Very sad to wake up to the news of Howard Finkel's passing. The most iconic voice in the history of the wrestling business. I was lucky to meet Howard on a few occasions and he was always so kind, complimentary & classy. My thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones today. pic.twitter.com/iIfdkVWMHC
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) April 16, 2020
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) April 16, 2020
THANK YOU, Mr. Finkel. For your kindness EVERY time we had the chance to interact and for providing a soundtrack to so many of our memories. From our first conversation in ‘99 to our last, you made me feel like more than I was. I’m forever grateful. 🙏❤️ https://t.co/LPmURPbcsS
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) April 16, 2020
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) April 16, 2020
R.I.P. Howard Finkel you were a wonderful person and a great genuine friend .
I will miss you pic.twitter.com/bKIqdSYZA9
— Al Snow (@TheRealAlSnow) April 16, 2020
WOW! Just found out Howard Finkel passed away. Howard was the most memorable voice of the WWF/WWE. It was an honor to work with this man. #RIPHowardFinkel. You will be sorely missed.
— Val Venis #DigiByte (@ValVenisEnt) April 16, 2020
I remember he came up to me and said, “Tonight I have the honor of announcing you for the first time. I want to make sure you’re ok with my pronunciation.” I said, “Howard, it’s my honor that you’re even announcing my name, so I don’t care if you butcher it!” #RIPHowardFinkel pic.twitter.com/8QZSdmsUOr
— David Otunga (@DavidOtunga) April 16, 2020
One of the nicest guys I knew! Always remember as a kid watching Fink grab that double mic as it came down from the MSG roof to announce the matches on Monday nights. Awful news! RIP Fink. #andnewwww https://t.co/1sTOpOWtpm
— Scott Stanford (@scottstanford1) April 16, 2020
Bummed to hear about #HowardFinkel. The greatest ever, and an even better person. Always loved joking around with him. Rest well my friend.
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) April 16, 2020
— Tegan Nox 🏴 (@TeganNoxWWE_) April 16, 2020
RIP to the legendary voice of our childhood. 🎤 💔 pic.twitter.com/1NmAhraVmt
— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) April 16, 2020
— Virgil (@TheRealVirgil) April 16, 2020
Very sad to hear the passing of Howard Finkel he was a very kind man. He made time for a rookie like me when he didn’t have too. He would spend hours telling me stories about the Wwe and my favorite gorilla monsoon.… https://t.co/UpO2vzJu6J
— Tyrus (@PlanetTyrus) April 16, 2020
— 🦞MIKEY WHIPWRECK🦞 (@mikeywhipwreck_) April 16, 2020
Introduced so much of my childhood.
A colleague and friend in adulthood. @howardfinkel was the voice every person growing up from 1980 through 2000 wanted saying… AND NEW…
We love your forever Howard! pic.twitter.com/GkgoB81ylS
— David Lagana (@Lagana) April 16, 2020
This horrible week continues. Howard Finkel's voice is the soundtrack of so many matches for decades. He never ever slipped up once and it's too bad few saw him announce matches as he'd have been one of the best at that as well.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) April 16, 2020
#RIPFink what a beautiful soul he had. One of the nicest men I have met in this business. So sad to hear of his passing 💔
— Lauren/Angelina Love (@ActualALove) April 16, 2020
Howard Finkel was iconic in every sense. His passion for the sport was endless. Next to Vince himself I don't know if anyone adored WWE as much as Howard. A true sweetheart and kind soul. The voice of WWE/WWF forever left his mark and will forever be missed. #RIPFink
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) April 16, 2020
Howard was very picky on who he felt was a “real” ring announcer. I remember one phone call we had where just talked about the craft of ring announcing for over an hour. This :40 video is a treasured thing to me. It’s equal to Babe Ruth telling a kid “you’re a helluva hitter”. pic.twitter.com/F7R2qScyvO
— Bobby Cruise (@realBobbyCruise) April 16, 2020
One of my fav things in wrestling was his extended pause when he’d say “Ladies & Gentlemen I’ve just been informed… (eyeroll) the “Genius”… has a poem for us all.” Truly the best at what he did, genuinely nice/hilarious and no one better to talk Mets with. #RIPFink #Legend https://t.co/XBsErEFne6
— Brian Gewirtz (@bfg728) April 16, 2020
The voice that introduced so many iconic matches. So grateful I got to finally meet him and shake his hand last year. God bless you sir… thank you for everything you gave to our business. 🙏🏻
— Drake Wuertz (@WWEDrakeWuertz) April 16, 2020
you guys know howard finkel as the legendary ring announcer he was. i know him as the first person who was genuinely nice to me in stamford—we’d take the bus after work together and he’d tell me how much he loved his wife and his job. this really fucking sucks #RIPHowardFinkel
— Cathy Kelley (@catherinekelley) April 16, 2020