"I think Hugo and Carlos better vamoose!"
A Professional Wrestling
Trope, the Spanish Announcers Table is, naturally, where the broadcasters for the Spanish-speaking
audience sit to do their commentary. The one in WWE
is currently manned by Carlos Cabrera and Marcelo Rodríguez, while the one in TNA
is manned by Willie Urbina and Héctor Guerrero.
More importantly, ever since Diesel
threw Bret Hart
through it at the 1995 Survivor Series
, as a rule, the table gets demolished by a wrestling move at least once a pay-per-view. It has been confirmed that, unlike the English team's, the table is specially designed to collapse upon impact (something that Mick Foley
credits with saving his life when The Undertaker
famously threw him onto it from the top of the Hell in the Cell cage during their 1998 King of the Ring match). Presumably, it gets targeted
so as not to interrupt the flow of the more lucrative English commentary. Kind of a wrestling in-joke, it has gotten to the point where if a wrestler seems to be setting up for a move on the regular announcers table (such as The Rock
in his match against Chris Jericho
at the 2002 Royal Rumble
), he will be directed instead to the other one. CM Punk
this during the time he was on commentary; when John Cena
put Heath Slater
through the English table he was sitting at, he reacted thusly: "This is not the Spanish announce table!"
During the Attitude Era
Hugo and Carlos would Lampshade this trope mercilessly even acting surprised if they went through a whole show with the table intact.
When the Spanish announcer's table isn't ringside, usually this role gets taken over by the B Show
's table. And in the rare instance that there's a third table for another language, it's even more
doomed than the Spanish one.
Of course, the Spanish announcer's table has played OTHER roles through the years ... or more specifically, the Spanish announcers. In 1987, the Islanders (a heel Polynesian tag team of Haku
and Tama) were feuding in the WWF with Latino favorite Tito Santana
, who had publicly made several comments disapproving of Haku and Tama's badass behavior toward friend Rick Martel
. After a match, the Islanders — along with manager Bobby "the Brain" Heenan
— walked over to the Spanish announcer's table to confront Santana and — naturally — beat him to within an inch of his life. Pedro Morales (who was still with the WWF at this time) tried to assist Santana but also got beaten; an unnamed Spanish announcer (presumably the lead announcer) got shoved but nothing more happened to him before officials swarmed the area to herd Haku and Tama to the back. The TNA
Spanish table was LAX territory during their existence, with Konnan
serving dual roles as color commentator and wrestler.
WWE themselves put together a nice collage of some of the more famous instances of Spanish announcer's table destruction here