WWE has confirmed news today that legendary ring announcer Howard Finkel has passed away Thursday at the age of 69.
Arguably the greatest ring announcer in the history of sports and sports entertainment. Affectionately labeled “The Fink” he made his ring announcing debut at Madison Square Garden in 1977 for WWE’s predecessor, WWWF.
Friends and family from in and out of WWE posted messages of support and tributes to Finkel who was WWE’s longest-serving employee having been in the WWE family for over 42 years.
Stephanie McMahon wrote:
“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.”
Big E added, “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.”
AEW announcer and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross wrote:
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.
Tommy Dreamer added that he was crushed, having lost a friend he saw every month. “I’m crushed. I lost my friend today. I saw him once and a month. The Voice of Wrestling. I loved him so much. The Fink”
Recently released stars Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins also took to social media. Hawkins wrote, “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.”