The passing of Howard Finkel is a massive tragedy. The Fink was the best ring announcer in the history of wrestling and you could make the argument that he was the greatest ring announcer in all of sport.
His passing has been felt by many in the wrestling community. Here are some of the reactions from wrestlers and personalities:
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.
— Ettore “Big E” Ewen (@WWEBigE) 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
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 (@Myers_Wrestling) 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
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) 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
RIP Fink. The voice of my childhood… pic.twitter.com/qBKMWGm1KC
— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) 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 Fink was awesome. Love you and miss you, my friend. #RIPFink
— Kevin Kelly (@realkevinkelly) April 16, 2020
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
I lost my friend today
I saw him once a month
The Voice of Wrestling
I loved him so much
The Fink pic.twitter.com/EOWmADTkjO
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) 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
Dammit, this is a another kick in the gut. ?? Rest Easy Fink! One of the greatest and most recognizable voices in history. Loved this dude. Everyone did. https://t.co/MklOpTCacu
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) April 16, 2020
Fink, you’ll always be number 1. RIP my friend.
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) 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
Needless to say, The Fink touched the lives of everyone who heard his voice. He provided soundbytes for wrestling shows for decades and wrestling will not be the same without him.
All of us here at WrestleTalk offer our deepest condolences to Howard’s friends and family.
We encourage you to share your favourite Howard Finkel moments with us on Twitter.
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