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 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 championship main event between Matanza and Prince Puma.
10. "They slide down the bananaster."
Matt Striker was monkeying around again this week. After introducing the band, The Chimpz, he said, "You know how they get down the stairs, don't you?" Cue the banister joke. And cue Vampiro hanging his head in dissatisfaction.
Vampiro also provided a very insightful animal analogy that caught my ear during the main event. While talking about strategy, Vampiro rambled, "It's (Matanza) like a great white shark. He grabs you, he bites you, he does not let you go, and shakes you. Puma's got to be like a piranha. Alot of bites here, there, and everywhere. All around, up and down, right?"
9. Prince Puma biting off more than he can chew
To start the main event, Prince Puma went high impact on the first strike with a jumping kick to the face. Matanza responded by clobbering Puma head over heels with a hefty clothesline. Seeing Puma get smashed like that gave me a giggle. Puma might have cat-like instincts, but he was the mouse in that exchange.
8. Mic drop
Dropping it like a boss. He is El Jefe for a reason. I don't know why Dario Cueto threw the microphone at the camera, but it sure does make me laugh.
7. Deadlift suplex
That suplex will always be impressive. I hope we get Cage vs Cesaro someday.
6. "I didn't and neither did you."
After Mil Muertes bum-rushed Prince Puma, referee Marty Elias was going to call for the bell. Dario shouted, "Don't you dare call a disqualification." Elias challenged, "Did you see what he did?" Dario set him straight, "I didn't and neither did you." Chalk it up as another in the long list of Cuetastic moments.
5. German suplex of death
If Prince Puma stayed down after that suplex, I wouldn't blame him. It looked absolutely brutal. Bru-tal, bru-tal, bru-tal.
4. "Do you think it was divine intervention that gave me these abs?"
Johnny Mundo barged into Dario Cueto's office once again to complain about not getting a title shot. When talking about fate, Johnny delivered that great line. Those abs certainly are chingonsisimo.
The scene also had a nice tease of booking Johnny Mundo vs Sexy Star, then Dario swerved with logic to make Jack Evans vs Sexy Star. Is PJ Black next before Johnny finally gets a turn? If so, then I wonder how Dario will rationalize it.
3. Mil Muertes obliterating Prince Puma
With victory in Prince Puma's grasp, Mil Muertes made an unwelcome appearance to crush Puma with a spear. The way Puma took the hit was fantastic. Equally fantastic was Puma getting spiked by the Flatliner. Puma sure knows how to make a move appear to cause maximum destruction.
2. "You left me for dead."
As Killshot was pumping iron, he was handed an envelope by the non-detecting detective, Joey Ryan. Inside was a note that stated, "You left me for dead." That cliffhanger sent shivers of excitement into my body. For those unaware, Killshot escaped a POW camp in his backstory. I'm eager to see how Killshot's tale plays out. Also intriguing will be when we find out which wrestler is playing the character of Killshot's military ex-buddy.
1. Prince Puma's feat of strength
As Matanza was in control of the match, he attempted another running flying body smash in the corner. Puma caught him, carried him to the center of the ring, then executed the Northern Lights to vertical suplex chain. Simply amazing. It lit a huge fire in the crowd and ignited a well-deserved chant of, "This is awesome!"
In last week's poll, Mil Muertes vs Prince Puma was the most desired upcoming feud for 49% of 98 votes. Pentagon DARK vs the triad ninjas received 28% of the vote. Third place had a tie at 9% each for Johnny Mundo vs Sexy Star and Pentagon DARK vs El Dragon Azteca Jr.
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 an AMA with Famous B and Beautiful Brenda.
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