How Brie Bella, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Johnny Gargano, Trish Stratus, Vickie Guerrero, X-Pac, Lilian Garcia, and more WWE Superstars React to the Passing of WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel

Written by: Emily Mae Heller – April 16th, 2020 10:38pm pst


Fans and WWE Superstars around the world woke up to the news that beloved WWE Hall of Famer, Howard “The Fink” Finkel passed away at the age of 69. 

Making his in-ring announcing debut for the WWE (then known as the WWWF) in 1977 at Madison Square Garden, Howard “The Fink” Finkel established himself as one of the best ring announcers in wrestling. As one of the longest-serving employees at WWE he was known for his distinct voice and incredible energy that informed and narrated the most incredible matches in wrestling history helping to cement the brands of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Edge and Christian, Hulk Hogan, The Rock and more. 

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Known and revered for being the nicest guy in the business. One of the most positive and optimistic attitudes towards life, he shared this optimism with many in the wrestling business. He touched the lives of people across the sports and entertainment business as the voice of many wrestler’s and fans childhood – so this loss hits hard for many.

WWE Superstars, wrestlers, managers, talent and other wrestling companies across the wrestling industry shared heartwarming messages of condolences and memories on social media: 

Stephanie McMahon 

Trish Stratus 

Seth Rollins 

Sean Waltman (X-Pac)

Lilian Garcia 

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My heart is deeply saddened today at the news that Howard Finkel has passed away. When I say he was ONE OF A KIND, I don’t say that lightly. When I was hired to be the new Ring Announcer at WWE, I didn’t know it was to replace Howard. But instead of Howard being bitter, he extended his hand and helped me EVERY step of the way! Any question I had, any advice I needed, and any cheering up I longed for, Howard was there!! Throughout the years, I got to know such a kind soul. Such a selfless human being who radiated with a light of pure love and TRULY LOVED this business!! He loved the fans, his job and all the people he worked with! He is the reason I respect the job of being a Ring Announcer so much because he showed me what a true honor having that job is. Thank you Howard for soooooo many amazing years of hearing your voice radiate throughout stadiums and arenas. Giving these larger than life introductions that I could only try to come close to. But my biggest thanks is for being a true friend and impacting my life in more ways than you will ever know! Heaven didn’t gain an angel today cause you were already one here among us. I will miss you dearly Howard. I love you!! RIP 💔🙏🏼

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Jim Ross 

Vickie Guerrero

Jerry Lawler 

Triple H 


National Wrestling Alliance 

Johnny Gargano 

WWE Network

Brie Bella 

Becky Lynch 

Santino Marella

Dustin Rhodes 

Jay ‘Christian’ Reso



The whole AfterBuzz family sends condolences to Finkel’s family during this difficult time. He will be missed by wrestlers and wrestling fans around the world, may he continue to ring announce in heaven! 

If you would like to enjoy some of Finkel’s legendary and greatest announcements you can on WWE’s website here

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About The Author:

Emily Mae Heller is an Emmy-nominated film, tv, live events, and theatre producer, born and raised in Los Angeles with a deep passion for storytelling, sports, and entertainment.

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