Thursday, April 16, 2020

Wrestling Personalities Pay Tribute To Howard Finkel

Wrestling Personalities Pay Tribute To Howard Finkel
As noted earlier, WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel has passed away at the age of 69.



Finkel was first hired by Vince McMahon, Sr. back in 1975. He took on a reduced schedule back in 2000, but made several special appearances over the years. He also worked some behind-the-scenes.

Triple H took to Twitter and remembered The Fink as someone who made it special for wrestlers.

"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," Triple H wrote.

WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon took to Twitter to remember The Fink, noting that he was their original employee.

"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. [red heart emoji] [folded hands emoji] [red heart emoji]," Stephanie wrote.

Roman Reigns posted tonight that even while Howard's health was declining, he was more concerned with how Roman Reigns was doing during his second battle with leukemia.

He tweeted, "Even as Howard's health declined, he was more concerned about me and my fight to be healthy. We lost one of the greatest ever. He was the greatest ring announcer ever, and that couldn't even compare to the human being that he was. RIP Fink."

Edge took to Instagram to praise Fink as the best ever.

Edge wrote, "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."

AEW's Matt Hardy wrote, "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"

Below are comments from Edge, Triple H, Big E, Titus O'Neil, The Singh Brothers, WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Alexa Bliss, Johnny Gargano, Tony Nese, Matt Hardy, Zack Ryder, Scott Stanford, WWE Hall of Famers The Bella Twins, JBL, Santino Marella, Paige, Dolph Ziggler, Renee Young, and WWE Hall of Famer Bubba Ray Dudley:

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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.

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