In an announcement made by his family, it has been confirmed that long-time CMLL ring announcer Armando Gaitan has passed away aged 76 with no cause of death confirmed. Nicknames “Mucha Crema” he became a defining voice for the promotion in a similar way to how American fans remember Howard Finkel.
⚫ DESCANSE EN PAZ, ARMANDO GAYTAN ⚫
El CMLL se une a la pena que embarga a la familia del Sr. Armando Gaytan, mejor conocido como "Mucha Crema" quien fungió como anunciador durante varios años engalanando con su gran estilo las diversas funciones de esta organización. pic.twitter.com/amrEApVQ5F
— Lucha Libre CMLL (@CMLL_OFICIAL) August 20, 2020
Armando Gaitan started out his combat sports career as an announcer for Boxing but wrestling quickly came calling. Gaitan quickly became known for making each wrestler introduction unique to that wrestler which really helped his presentation. It’s touches like that which he will be most remembered for.
Here is Armando "Mucha Crema" Gaitán's CMLL introduction for Virus where he mentions just how much deadlier he is to the Dengue Fever, Cholera, AIDS and a few other illness.
By far my favorite luchador intro. pic.twitter.com/PCJfr9GUPE
— Fredo Esparza (@therealfredo) August 20, 2020
For some time Gaitan battled with Vitorino who was also a ring announcer for the same company, they were both very different and had their own unique style of introducing wrestlers with some preferring Vitorino’s no-nonsense approach and others preferring the eccentric Armando Gaitan.
Vitorino passed away in 1996 leaving Gaitan as the sole voice of CMLL until he departed the company in 2009. He would stay in wrestling though as he would be the announcer for Los Perros Del Mal promotion. The Lucha libre world has been rocked by the news of Gaitan’s passing as he was an iconic figure in the world of Lucha libre and one of the most memorable voices in the sport.
We at LWOPW send our thoughts to Gaitan’s family and friends at this time.
— CintaDeOro (@CintaDeOro) August 20, 2020
✝️ #LuchaLibreAAA Worldwide se une a todo el mundo luchistico por el sensible fallecimiento del Sr. Armando Gaitán "El Mucha Crema"
Mandamos un fuerte abrazo a familiares y amigos 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/YZCgp3HRbh
— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) August 20, 2020
Un gran compañero y parte incondicional del proyecto luchistico nuestro @todoxeltodo1 . Lamento profundamente la partida del señor Armando Gaytán conocido en el mundo de la #luchalibre como #ElMuchaCrema qepd. Un fuerte abrazo a su familia y seres queridos. pic.twitter.com/pLOekS3ElQ
— El Hijo del Santo (@ElHijodelSanto) August 20, 2020
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