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.
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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 main event championship match between Sexy Star and Johnny Mundo.
Note: The Lucha Underground account on Twitter did not post GIFs this week, so there will be less emphasis on nifty maneuvers for this edition of the Tope 10. Perhaps they'll start posting them again next week after Thanksgiving weekend.
10. Vampiro's wedding attire
During the trios match, Vampiro was appreciating the checkered outfit of Saltador. "I am so into that guy's fresh hook up. If you got married and you invited me, I would show up dressed just like that." I gleefully grin when picturing Vampiro sporting that style. Somewhere in a corner, Pentagon DARK would be shaking his head in embarrassment that he used to admire Vampiro.
9. Tears of a champion
Or tears of a clown. Both seem to fit the scene of Johnny Mundo's watery eyes after his triumph in the final seconds of the episode.
Leave it to Johnny Rudo to rub it in with a zinger.
8. Gauntlet match next week
Black Lotus and Dario Cueto had a little powwow resulting in a match for next week. Pentagon DARK will face members of the Black Lotus triad in a gauntlet match. Win or lose, Pentagon must face all members before the match can be completed. It should be a doozy. Dario never ceases to impress me with the variety of ideas for matches.
7. "Did you say something?"
The butthead banter between Johnny Mundo and Dario Cueto was classic. At one point, Mundo said, "You're not as stupid as you look." Cueto questioned, "What?" Without missing a beat, Mundo instead said, "That was smart of you." Later on, Dario uttered, "What a jerk," with Mundo saying the exact same one second later. Dario once again asked, "What?" Mundo replied, "Did you say something?" A no nod from Cueto. Mundo mumbled, "Nothing?" Another no from Cueto. After Mundo left, Cueto exhaled, "What a prick."
It was a silly exchange but fit each character to a tee. The expressions and intonations were great.
6. A handshake among friends
Sexy Star and Mack were in the locker room discussing the championship bout against Johnny Mundo. They concluded with a hand slap, fist pound, forearm grab to slide into a final fist to fist.
It is a simple action like that which gets across the bond of their friendship. There is so much backstabbing in wrestling. Whenever I see signs of camaraderie, it pleases me.
I also found it humorous how the two spoke separate languages and didn't miss a beat in understanding each other. Mack speaks slow and drawn out, so he probably butchers the Spanish language. I imagine that Sexy Star gave up on trying to understand his Spanish and told him to just speak English.
5. The White Rabbit Tribe
The debut appearance of Paul London, Mala Suerte, and Saltador was enjoyable. They acted weird (circling Melissa Santos for Ring Around the Rosie) and had wacky outfits (checkered body suit), but they executed some cool aerial assaults. They also displayed some entertaining teamwork. I look forward to their next match.
I always giggle at pelvic thrusts, so London is right up my alley. Icing on the cake is the sparkly jockstrap worn outside his pants. That is the kind of ridiculousness I can embrace.
It will be interesting to see how this group evolves. I don't see much shelf life in being whacked out all the time. Eventually, they'll need to become serious contenders in a thin trios division. Until then, I'll enjoy their goofy antics.
Also, thumbs up for having Matt Striker explain that the White Rabbits got a title shot based off of Paul London's reputation. He was a four-time champion in WWE. It would have been easy to be lazy and ignore the head-scratcher of challenging for the title in their debut, but Lucha Underground covered their bases.
4. Masked interference
I'm not a fan of the continuous blatant cheating in Johnny Mundo's matches as of late, but I have to give a thumbs up for creativity on this one. I didn't realize the masked person was up to no good until it was too late. I genuinely thought it was a planted extra allowing an excuse for the crutch to add mischief to the match. After the brass knuckles blow, I knew it was Taya in disguise. Those sneaky crumbums did it again.
They were pretty sly last week by not showing Taya's feet as she filmed Mundo's documentary. Showing her recovery boot would have ruined the surprise cheat this week. It would have been obvious to us that it was Taya. That is good planning and attention to detail.
3. Running apron shooting star press
In the match between Killshot and Dante Fox, Fox ran up the ring post like Donald O'Connor in Singin' in the Rain and flipped into a shooting star press. Very dope.
2. Fireman's carry apron slam
With both men atop the turnbuckles, Killshot had Dante Fox hoisted up in fireman's carry and flung him with forceful impact upon the apron edge. It was one of those maneuvers that made me cringe in perceived pain. Vicious.
1. Flying double stomp kick out
Immediately after the fireman's death drop, Killshot took the action back into the ring with a double stomp off the top turnbuckle. I thought that match was over. Oh no, my friend. Dante Fox kicked out at two. They sucked me into the moment and got me with that kick out.
Vampiro sold it well on commentary. He shouted, "That there is a warrior's mentality. The guy who has faced death a thousand times, been shot at, been stabbed, and blown up. I am not ready to die. He kicked OUT!!"
In last week's poll, 29% of 96 votes thought Johnny Mundo stole the show in Aztec Warfare. Matanza was second with one less vote at 28%. Sexy Star captured third with 23%. The Mack earned 6%, and the rest of the votes were scattered to seven other competitors. Nine of the twenty official participants didn't receive a vote.
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, take a look at the Lucha Underground shop with new merchandise. Dario Cueto was kind enough to give you 25% off until 11/28 with the code Dario. If you're in the mood for more Mundo, check out his recent match against Pentagon Jr. in AAA. Lastly, there is a 24 hour Lucha Underground marathon Saturday (11/26) on El Rey Network.
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