As noted earlier, the great and legendary WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel has passed away at the age of 69.
As you could imagine, a lot of people are heartbroken over this since he was the voice that many fans grew up listening to for decades. The social media reactions have been pouring in. Here is a small sample of some of the reactions from people in the wrestling business:
So sad to hear of the passing of my friend, the greatest ring announcer in the biz, Howard Finkel, at the age of 69.
The Hall of Famer is now ring announcing in Heaven. #RIPFink
No one was more loyal or loved pro wrestling more than The Fink. 🙏
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 16, 2020
Saddened about the passing of my friend & colleague, Howard "The Fink" Finkel. Fink was my main contact when I first starting getting myself & Jeff booked as extras in the mid 90s. Howard always took great care of us & had a soft spot in his heart The Hardy Boyz. #RIPFink pic.twitter.com/dNPTscanuR
— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) 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
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) April 16, 2020
Rest in power Mr. Finkel. ❤ pic.twitter.com/Y0tdbuXz2Z
— LuFisto (@LuFisto) April 16, 2020
Very sad to hear about the passing of Howard Finkel. Howard was all class in addition to being the voice that introduced myself and millions of other kids to our heroes for the first time. The voice of a generation. His importance cannot be understated. Rip. Godspeed sir. pic.twitter.com/TBCYZTo6mt
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) 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
Howard Finkel was a staple of my childhood. The voice we all grew up with. I first met Howard backstage at WrestleMania 33. I walked up and as I said "Hello, sir" and went to introduce myself, he burst out "HELLO, JOHNNY!" I couldn't believe he knew MY name! #RIPFink
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) April 16, 2020
Howard Finkel was a great friend and mentor to me. I was so blessed to be able to look to him for guidance, honesty and the occasional bit of humor. He spoke with kindness, and always had a sparkle in his eye when speaking about our industry. Thank you for everything Howard. 💛
— The Brandalorian (@TheBrandiRhodes) April 16, 2020
This hurts my heart so much
Rest in Power Howard Finkel 💔😔 pic.twitter.com/JAgHuBYLIV
— Rodriguez 🇲🇽🇺🇸 (@RRWWE) April 16, 2020
When I was growing up or even starting my career as a ring announcer, I wanted to be just like Howard Finkel. I quickly realized, no one could ever be Howard, there’s only 1. The best. Then. Now. Forever. 🎤 https://t.co/7rAfSwMs5a
— Bobby Cruise (@realBobbyCruise) 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
Oh fucking hell Howard Finkel died.
— (((David Starr)))🌹 (@TheProductDS) 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
I want you all to know how much the @WWE meant to him
He loved & missed you all so much
Every time I would leave him
I would said I love ya Fink and There are good fans there are great fans but you are the BEST fans EVER
Celebrate his life
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) 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
I’m destroyed hearing about the passing of the inimitable Howard Finkel. An indirect mentor who I admired on TV & then direct mentor who exchanged wisdom & was always happy to take time to talk, advise & counsel.
1 of my biggest heroes. Love, warmth & strength to his family #WWE
— Joel Gertner (@StudMuffinSays) April 16, 2020
I'm absolutely gutted over the passing of Howard Finkel. Another voice of my childhood has been silenced. Such a sweet, sweet man. I'll miss our conversations about wrestling and Rock N Roll. This ABSOLUTELY sucks. Love ya Fink! pic.twitter.com/eAX0cOktda
— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) April 16, 2020
The National Wrestling Alliance sends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fans of legendary pro wrestling ring announcer Howard Finkel.
— NWA (@nwa) April 16, 2020
Couple of my bucket list early in my career. 1. Gordon Solie call my match ✔️. 2. Howard Finkel introduction of me at @TheGarden ✔️. The best
— Gbrisco🤼♂️ (@Fgbrisco) April 16, 2020
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
Every wrestling fan at some point envisions themselves making an entrance at WrestleMania. I have done it almost everyday of my life, and The Fink is the only voice I hear saying my name in my head.
— Tony Nese (@TonyNese) April 16, 2020
In what has already been a tough week for our @WWE family, today we lost our 1st ever employee and WWE Hall of Famer, @howardfinkel. Howard’s voice is iconic & recognized by generations of fans. He will be missed. #RIPHowardFinkel Thank you for everything. ❤️🙏❤️
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 16, 2020
RIP 💔💔💔 https://t.co/4tncqYnHy6
— Lexi Kaufman (@AlexaBliss_WWE) April 16, 2020
RIP to the legendary voice of our childhood. 🎤 💔 pic.twitter.com/1NmAhraVmt
— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) April 16, 2020
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) 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.
Fink was not only an indelible part of my childhood but he couldn’t have been sweeter to me any time I saw him backstage. I’m grateful to have known him.
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) April 16, 2020
I’m gonna dearly miss my friend @howardfinkel. Passionate Mets & wrestling fan. An incredible soul. He’s the soundtrack to so many of our childhoods. Nobody has ever done it better. Rest In Peace Fink.
— Brian Myers (@TheCurtHawkins) 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
Sad to hear that #HowardFinkel passed this morning. I had the pleasure of sharing the ring with him so many times. Unforgettable voice, and a true loving soul. Prayers go out to his family🙏🏼❤️
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) April 16, 2020
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) April 16, 2020