With the season three debut of Lucha Underground right around the corner, it is time to start revving up the excitement. A Tope 10 for season two can help do just that.
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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10. The killing of Mr. Cisco
We all knew things would not work out well for Cisco after being coerced to wear a wire, but I don't think many viewers anticipated getting his brains bashed in by Dario Cueto's red bull.
And of course Dario Cueto was a boss through the entire ordeal. "I have a message for the police. You want to take on Dario Cueto? Come get me." "So, what do they want me for, murder? ... They do now." With blood on his hand, Cueto made a phone call. "It's time."
In hindsight, the show makers set up the emotion for this scene months in advance. It felt curious to me that Mr. Cisco was wrestling a more lucha libre style and getting the crowd behind him in season two. Let's not forget that this was a guy that used a lit cigar to burn out Big Ryck's eye. Getting that crowd support paid off as many felt sadness when Cisco met his demise. Without putting that plan in place, it would have just been a cool scene with no emotional investment from the fans, a la the moment that takes the eighth spot in this Tope 10.
9. Mil Muertes' throne
The Temple was being billed as a darker place with Catrina at the helm. The throne is evidence that it wasn't false advertising. Adorned with skulls, one of which belonged to Big Ryck, Mil sat upon his throne high above the ring. It was a fantastic little touch that added to the badass mystique of Mil Muertes.
8. El Siniestro de la Muerte ripping out hearts
7. King Cuerno's trophy coffin
Earlier in the season, we got a glimpse of King Cuerno's trophy room. Little did we know that he would be making an addition of the man of 1,000 deaths. That rates a 57 on a 10 point "It's on!!!" scale for feud building. It also led to the sensational revival of Mil Muertes.
6. Bathroom nunchuck fight
So much tremendousness to unpack here. We start with Drago's pervert tendencies by assaulting Jack Evans in the bathroom. Drago then does an upward scissor kick to smash out a lightbulb. PJ Black comes on the scene with nunchakus. After some whacks, Jack pulls out his pair. Not to be upstaged, Drago whips his out. Three-way swoosh display.
Things looked bleak for Drago until Aerostar returned from his voyage in the nick of time. Two pairs of glow in the dark nunchucks were what Aerostar brought to the duel. The shredding duo retreated, and the creepers gazed longingly into each other's eyes.
This scene encapsulates, "What the fook," in the most complimentary way.
5. Aerostar time traveling
As if being a spaceman wasn't cool enough, it turns out that Aerostar also has time travel capabilities. Not only that, but we found out he is part of the epic prophecy from a millennia ago regarding the gods and the seven Aztec tribes. Mind blown.
4. Prince Puma speaking
What happens when a character doesn't speak at all during season one? We found out after this moment. Thousands of fans across the world squealed with exuberation. Plus, the reveal of Puma to be the third man in a trios super team was a very nice surprise.
3. Flatliner through the roof
2. Sexy Star's no mas moment
Earlier in the evening, Dario Cueto set the tone with a rousing motivational speech for Sexy Star. During the No Mas match against Mariposa, we could see Sexy Star fighting through her fears that were caused by Moth torture. It came to a crescendo when Sexy Star was caught in a submission hold and the referee lowered his microphone for her response. "Fuck you! Fuck you, Mariposa. Fuck you!!!"
That was a truly emotional moment in which we could see Sexy Star conquer her mental obstacles. It is inspirational as well. Any time I feel like quitting, I can flash back to that phrase, adjust it to fit the situation, and dig down deep to overcome.
1. Pentagon Jr. breaking Mil Muertes' arm
Coming into the season two debut, Mil Muertes was king of the Temple, while Pentagon Jr. set fan imagination on fire as he teamed up with his dark master, Vampiro, at the end of season one. Mil was standing tall after a successful title defense. That's when Pentagon sneak attacked to render the Temple's most imposing force helpless. Fans went wild, and chaos reigned supreme. Even though the story took a different route, the emotion of that moment still burns bright.
Who was the season two champ of the Tope 10?
If you are like me, then you wondered who was the tope-est of them all for season two. I counted and compiled points for each week. Points went to whoever had significant involvement in a ranked moment. Tenth got one point, first got ten points, and each spot in between got the appropriate number of points per placement. Weeks with the Tope 20 (Aztec Warfare and Part III of Ultima Lucha Dos) only had points for the top 10.
10. King Cuerno - 79
9. Johnny Mundo - 87
8. Catrina - 88
7. Matanza - 94
6. Cage - 100
5. Fenix - 107
T-3. Pentagon Jr. - 120
T-3. Dario Cueto - 120
2. Prince Puma - 158
1. Mil Muertes - 162
Mil Muertes being the king is no surprise. He killed it all season long and no doubt received the benefit of bias from being my favorite character on the show. Prince Puma at number two is a little surprising, since he was not heavily featured during the season. It goes to show how awesome he is when on the screen. Fenix being so high and Mundo being lower at ninth made me scratch my noggin. It feels like Mundo was much more memorable compared to Fenix, yet the numbers don't lie.
Time to catch up on some polls. Part III of Ultima Lucha Dos was graded by 379 votes. 10% assigned it an A, 31% believed it to be a B, 34% classified it with a C, 20% deemed it a D, and 5% figured it to be an F. 124 votes picked their favorite match of Ultima Lucha Dos. Prince Puma vs Rey Mysterio led with 34%. Matanza vs Pentagon DARK came in second with 19%, while the Trios championship bout was the favorite of 16%. Cage vs Mack finished fourth with 10%.
How does this season's Tope 10 stack up to your list? Any favorites not included? While waiting for season three, visit the Lucha Underground store and use the promo code MIEDO for a 20% discount through September 7. If you enjoy fantasy booking, check out Boss Rock's entertaining rewrites for Pentagon Jr. and King Cuerno. I'll leave you with words from Ivelisse and Rey Mysterio.
Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!