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 main event between Rey Mysterio and Pentagon DARK.
10. Sexy Star pinning for the 10 count
#SexyStar takes advantage and rolls up @TheTayaValkyrie to retain the #GiftOfTheGods Championship! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/2T6rmdj1UZ— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) September 8, 2016
This moment is unintentionally funny. I'm not really sure what is going on. The only reasoning I can muster is that Sexy Star assumed the referee would be distracted by Worldwide Underground and held the pin for as long as she could. If that is the case, then that is pretty smart of her and deserves a spot on the list.
9. Matanza being big
Not in Matanza’s house, you don’t. #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/bJ7O92YvYY— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) September 8, 2016
This one gives me the giggles. Son of Havoc had his early momentum stymied by bouncing off Matanza. I like displays of being an irresistible force/immovable object.
8. Oink, oink, oink
Cold blooded. When Dario Cueto announced the main event, he made reference to Pentagon DARK making Vampiro being bled like a pig. Pig noises followed. Even when Dario is acting like a shithead, he still entertains. That is why he is our homeboy.
7. "Well, sometimes there are no times for pants."
I'm in full agreement. Striker said that line while discussing who wears the pants in the Mundo household. I'm a card carrying member of the no pants club. Unfortunately, I don't have any pockets to carry the card.
6. Dario Cueto cracking up after hearing the Angelico story
Cueto leaned back in his chair with mouth wide open letting out guffaws. It was the kind of laugh that makes you cry involuntarily. What made this moment so good is the surprise of seeing him laugh that way. I didn't expect that reaction from him, even though it makes total sense.
5. Momentum-induced DDT
.@ReyMysterio takes #PentagonDark off the turnbuckle, but it’s not enough to keep Pentagon down! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/46qjG9UHjq— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) September 8, 2016
Rey was in fine form with moves like flying out of the ring, the 619, and a sunset flip powerbomb.
4. Elbow drop to the cojones
We salute Son of Havoc’s core strength! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/wP7K9gu7N1— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) September 8, 2016
Cool and funny. I don't think I'll ever get tired of that parallel elbow drop by Son of Havoc, and I will always laugh at someone getting hit in the nuts. Man Getting Hit By Football is one of my favorite films.
3. "Welcome to Slamtown, you pasty string bean."
Line of the night. Johnny Mundo delivered it after driving up on the ambush of Angelico. And of course, Mundo was chingonsisimo by wearing a scarf with no shirt. That should become a new fashion trend. I think I will go to a bar tonight dressed like that. I hope I don't get beat up.
2. Honky Tonk Man
Looks like Dario has good taste in accessories— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) September 8, 2016
YYYEEEAAAAHHHH #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/Qo2Q14FJW4
That is one heck of a cameo. Aside from the Honk-A-Meter, I've always been indifferent about Honky, but I popped hard when he appeared on screen. I like how there was a guitar in the background. I wonder if Honky was wearing blue suede shoes. He's cool, he's cocky, he's bad.
Who else would you like to see in cameos?
1. Dario Cueto doing pull-ups
El Jefe takes upper body strength very seriously these days. #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/4W1um1XD8P— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) September 8, 2016
The very first shot of season three. This moment is one of the reasons why I really enjoy Lucha Underground. In this case, they are goofing on movie scenes of hardened criminals, like in Cape Fear, but Cueto doesn't look menacing at all. Instead of the image being fierce, it tickles my funny bone.
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 Taya and Boss Rock's picks for the best matches of season two.
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