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 nunchuck preview, live blog & open thread, recap, highlight package, and the six-on-six tag team main event featuring Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma, Texano, Sexy Star, Mack, and Son of Havoc against Johnny Mundo, Taya, Fenix, Ivelisse, King Cuerno, and Pentagon Jr.
10. Shredding sound effects
Cowabunga, dudes. #NUNCHUCKS #LuchaUnderground @JackEvans711 @Darewolf333 pic.twitter.com/xPPy7KpfFQ— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
The following exchange took place during the nunchuk match: "Jack." "PJ." Both together, "Nunchuks!!" Lay down hot licks on air guitar.
I love how the guitar noises were spliced in. It is one of those little things that enhances enjoyment tenfold. I also noticed there was a sound effect for Johnny Mundo's fist in the air pose. It happened during the intro and again near the end of the match. I hope these become permanent touches until the end of the season.
9. "Currently in the ring from La Jolla, California, Marty 'The Moth'...uuuaaahh."
Hands off @Msmelsantos, Marty! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/zK8En2D1As— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
As Melissa Santos was introducing Marty Martinez, he creeped too close this time. Melissa's vocalization of disgust is pitch perfect. I wish that GIF had looped audio on it.
8. Motoring in
Don’t turn around, ‘cause you’re gonna feel your arm breaking. @PentagonJunior @Mexwarrior #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/p4fhrdqT4C— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
Pentagon Jr. cruising in on his wheelchair cracked me up. Big dude in little chair. He sells it great by looking feeble with minimal body movement.
Also of note in that segment was how Dario Cueto played to the crowd after Pentagon broke Chavo's arm to replace him in the match. Our homeboy gives the crowd what it wants. Dario and I shared the same pffft reaction after Pentagon's declaration of cero miedo. To finish off the rousing segment, Dario did his patented, "Ring the Bell!"
7. Rise again, Mil Muertes
THE MAN OF 1,000 DEATHS LIVES AGAIN! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/QmBe67c0T1— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
Holy moly. That sure was terrifying. It gives me goosebumps to think about Mil getting payback on King Cuerno. I wonder if that will be Mil's new look. I dig the red eyes, but not so much the stitched mask. I'm not opposed to the idea of stitches, but I don't like how it currently looks. The stitch placement doesn't make sense.
6. The nunchuck match concept
Those three little words that everybody wants to hear. #LuchaUndergroundx pic.twitter.com/JaRjCkBwSb— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
Totally ludicrous, yet totally awesome. Only the zany atmosphere within the Temple is where a nunchuck match makes complete sense. There were four sets of nunchucks hanging around the Temple in strategic locations. Oh, and, "Nunchucks are legal!"
It would be easy for this concept to be hokey or bogus, but the match itself was a blast. The feud was hot. The story was logical, or as logical as it could be considering the whacked out Lucha Underground universe. Jack Evans was being his always entertaining loudmouth self. There were occasions of great teamwork. Sickening thuds thundered through the Temple from each nunchaku shot. Not to mention Evans hanging on for dear life above Dario Cueto's office, as well as all the other moments with their own spot in the Tope 10. This spectacle of a match is definitely worth tracking down if you haven't seen it already.
5. Flying Luchador Jamboree bronze medal
Not to be outdone by the likes of The Mack, Prince Puma takes the leap and lands on his feet! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/wDR56NnzKo— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
As is expected in these multi-person matches, there is a point when everyone takes turns executing aerial assaults to the outside on top of the growing mass of bodies down below. This match was no different.
4. Flying Luchador Jamboree silver medal
It isn’t a flipping party until Son of Havoc shows up! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/EvmTondKXL— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
3. Flying Luchador Jamboree gold medal
Fenix flips his way to the floor taking down everyone in his path! #ANIMO #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/e9xJT4We7K— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
2. Dragon mist
.@JackEvans711 (and the camera guy) gets a face full of mist! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/6SQGZHTl2m— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
Such an awesome visual right into the camera. The poor Dragonslayer had dragon gook all over him. That led to the always cool Dragon's Lair pin.
1. Falling from the heavens
.@AAAerostar1 takes his cosmic crusade off the roof of Dario’s office! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/r8wsuqqxu6— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 9, 2016
What cojones on that time traveling cosmonaut. I love how Aerostar had no hesitation or fear.
I'll let Matt Striker take it from here. "But now Aerostar has only way one to go and that, my friends, is dowwwwwwn." (Vampiro: "No, NO, NOOOO.") The crowd erupted in a frenzy. Back to Striker, "He came tumbling to the heavens, crashed down to Earth, and Aerostar right now is a living, breathing god here in the Temple."
In last week's poll, 80% of 171 votes went with Matanza vs Cage as their favorite match of the episode. The Trios championship match earned 19%. Daga vs Son of Havoc received the remaining two votes for 1% of the pie.
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. Any theories about Dario Cueto being the linchpin to the end of days? While waiting for next week, check out Jack Evans giving a history lesson about nunchucks.
Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!