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Tope 10: Lucha Underground (Oct 12, 2016)

Each and every episode of Lucha Underground features maneuvers, quotes, outfits, props, scenes, and stories that deserve recognition. That is where the Tope 10 comes in. This list shows appreciation for the moments which are more exciting than a flying tope.

If you are new to the Lucha Underground scene, you can catch it Wednesdays at 8pm ET/PT on the El Rey Network or buy seasons one, two, and three on iTunes. See if El Rey is available in your area.

If you haven't had a chance to watch this week's episode yet, check out the preview, live blog & open thread, recap, highlight package, and the feature bout of the week.

Bonus note for any readers in Japan. Season one of Lucha Underground will air Fridays at 11pm on Samurai TV.

10. "Chavoooo!!!"

Upon finding his tutee crumpled in the corner, Rey let out a scream. The scream was so bad that it became comically amusing. Either Rey is a not a swell actor or his voice is not one to do justice to dramatic screams.

Overall, the scene was pretty cool. The viewer seeing through El Dragon Azteca Jr.'s eye holes as he put on his mask, the camera angle as Chavo played whack-a-dragon with the chair, and Chavo's line after seeing the old fight flyer of Chavo Classic vs El Dragon Azteca, "My dad kicked Dragon Azteca's ass that night," were all great touches.

9. "Put baby in the corner."

Words from Beautiful Brenda in reference to Mascarita Sagrada. This line probably only brings a giggle from those that watch Dirty Dancing as a comedy, because, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

8. Doctor Driver

The small stature of Mascarita Sagrada most likely made the Doctor Driver more visually appealing, but it was an emphatic slam for victory nevertheless.

For an undercard feud, the tag match between Son of Havoc and Mascarita Sagrada against Famous B and Dr. Wagner Jr. was extremely enjoyable. There was plenty of silliness with Mascarita doing a spinning fireman's carry, Famous B wrestling in his suit, and B pinning Mascarita via stethoscope, but there was also a legit match with a synchronized flying attack, splendid teamwork, rousing pinfalls, and a logical flow to the finish. I look forward to more in their feud.

7. Sexy Star for the win

There was some nice snap on Sexy Star's swinging neckbreaker. She also had a groovy flying crossbody to the outside and a brutal modified Gory Special.

Also of note, I believe Sexy Star was rocking a staff for the first time during her introduction. That staff and cape make her look like a pixie queen ready to kick ass.

6. Cannonball

Aerostar's cannonball was my favorite part of the interference portion of Jack Evans vs Sexy Star. It began as PJ Black bounced around the ring like a Gummi Bear. That distraction led to a vicious spear from Johnny Mundo, who then tried to hide under the apron. After Sexy Star kicked out, her friends hit the ring to even the odds. To finish it out, Fenix came on the scene to play dumb for the referee as Sexy Star used that moment to crack Jack in the nads with a Kendo stick. I appreciate how it came full circle after Worldwide Underground's groin-focused attacks in season two.

5. Jack Evans can speak!

Jack Evans' broken jaw healed up, so he could finally be the full entertainment dynamo that we have come to relish. He didn't disappoint after dubbing himself the Star Destroyer. Jack continued to be a loudmouth for the entire match. Oh, how I missed that noise.

4. Package Piledriver

Pentagon DARK crushed Rey Mysterio to win the three-way. Aside from the brutality of the maneuver, I also liked the setup of Pentagon capitalizing on a prone Rey hung up in the corner.

3. Ventriloquism

During the Jack Evans vs Sexy Star match, Jack had Sexy in a Camel Clutch position. The following conversation took place as Jack moved Sexy's mouth to mimic his words.

"Sexy's got something she wants to say. Hey, como estas?" (How are you?) "Todo bien." (Everything's good.) "Quien es el mejor luchador en todo del mundo?" (Who is the best luchador in the whole world?) "Jack Evans." "Gracias. Muy, muy amable." (Thank you. That's very kind.)

Unfortunately, there is no GIF for this moment. The words alone don't do it justice.

2. Dario in delight

Dario Cueto's expression of grinning ear to ear during a heated slap fight was hilarious. Also good was Dario rimshotting with his hands after giving them their churro and letting them eat it too.

1. Motor chariot

Out of the smoke came Son of Havoc riding on a motorcycle with Mascarita Sagrada riding in the side car to provide a fantastic visual. I'll let Vampiro take it from here. "Check out the bike. That was so dope."

In last week's poll, 20% of 83 votes felt Cage will be victorious over Texano in a sweep of the best-of-five series. 35% went with Cage victorious in four, and 39% choose Cage in five. 6% voted for Texano to win three straight matches for the comeback win in five.

How does this week's Tope 10 stack up to your list? Any favorites not included? If you were late to the viewing party, feel free to share your thoughts about anything in the episode. While waiting for next week, check out Texano's words for La Maquina.

Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!

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