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Tope 10: Lucha Underground (May 25, 2016)

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Each and every episode of Lucha Underground features maneuvers, quotes, outfits, props, scenes, and stories that deserve recognition. That is where the Tope 10 come 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 season one and season two 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, then check out the preview, live blog & open thread, recap, highlight package, and the Trios championship main event between Johnny Mundo, Jack Evans, PJ Black and Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma, El Dragon Azteca Jr.

10. "I see the perfect woman."

Taya's vignette was the standard cool of beating up random masked luchadores. Then Johnny Mundo put it over the top while looking dapper next to a sports car. The way he shoots his arm up as they drive off gives me the giggles.

9. Jack Evans' kick

Yeah for flippy shit. Evans also had a standing backflip splash while standing on top of Prince Puma. Double yeah.

8. Joey Ryan looting Dario Cueto's cash drawer

Joey Ryan always keeping it sleazy, "Dario and his hot ninja aren't here," while looking for evidence. Then he pocketed some of those Cueto cash stacks. I enjoyed that Mr. Cisco's motivation for tattling to Dario was hurt feelings over not being included in the perceived heist. That led to Joey Ryan getting gun happy and the arrest of Francisco Garza. Poor guy. Wrong place, wrong time.

7. "God damn!"

Joey Ryan decided to cut short the intro of Mascarita Sagrada. Famous B's reaction was fantastic. His awkward attempt to flee the scene cracks me up.

6. Finishing stanza for Cage vs Chavo Guerrero

The match was cruising along at a just fine level with one highlight being a super monkey flip. The action really started to heat up after a tornado DDT by Chavo. Two count. Rolling Liger kick by Chavo then a discus lariat by Cage. Two count with Chavo's leg on the rope. A sunset flip powerbomb followed by a frog splash had me believing a Chavo victory was imminent. Two and a half count. Chavo actually got the crowd on his side after that until he danced and they booed him. On the third of three rolling suplexes, Cage escaped and countered with a powerbomb, a toss into the corner, then claimed victory with a vertical suplex piledriver. I always have to show appreciation whenever a match engrosses me enough to demand all my attention. Well done.

Cage also took the opportunity to announce Cage vs Matanza for next week. That match will be a doozy. Matt Striker summed it up nicely, "How in the world will the Temple not crumble to pieces when the Monster meets the Machine?" I cant believe what I'm going to say next. I think I'll be rooting for Cage. I enjoy the performer, but I've never been on board with the character. This is one of the few matchups in the Temple that would make me root for Cage.

5. "Don't ever question me again."

A great little scene to build anticipation as we get one step closer to the Temple return of Pentagon Jr. After last week's acupuncture session, Pentagon is up and at them standing on his own two legs. A disagreement with Vampiro about his state of readiness led to some slick kung fu maneuvering, which Pentagon escaped. It will be interesting to see if Pentagon's pigheadedness will help or hinder his path for revenge.

4. King of dong style

Pure hilarity. Storing the lollipop in his trunks then offering it to Brenda was also an amusing bit.

3. New Trios champs via supreme nefariousness

What a magnificent display of cheating. All it took for them to win was one case of referee yanking, a kick to Mysterio's mystery, an eye poke to Puma then a kick to his prince, a kick to Azteca's junior dragon, another kick to Puma's cat bells, a referee distraction, and finally a chair shot to El Dragon Azteca Jr.'s back. The sheer jubilation and joy from the new champions was most excellent.

2. "He can shred."

A truly glorious segment. After Taya revealed the Johnny Mundo sweaty substitution surprise to Jack Evans and PJ Black, they united with a pinwheel team handshake. Before exiting, Mundo went back for one more kick to Fenix. That led to jamming on air guitar complete with sound effects. I love the over-the-top ridiculousness.

1. Mil Muertes as a trophy on King Cuerno's wall

I popped the loudest for this scene. Mil in a glass case is such an awesome visual. The ominous do-do-doooooooo music was an enjoyable touch. Eventually, Mil will be opening his eyes, and that will be quite a scene.

In last week's poll, Marty "The Moth" Martinez was voted creepiest of all creeps with 67% of 177 votes. Vampiro creeped his way to second with 18%, while Joey Ryan sleazed his way to third with 10%. Drago received zero votes despite his propensity for bathroom ambushes. For those two votes for Other, please chime in about who you voted for. I thought I covered all the creepazoids, so I'm curious to know who I overlooked.

How does this week's Tope 10 stack up to your list? Any favorites not included? With Ultima Lucha 2 quickly approaching, which matches would you like to see made? 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 Killshot dishing on king creep Marty Martinez. Also, be sure to take advantage of the 20% sale for Lucha Underground merchandise.

Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!

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