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 Cueto Cup power rankings, preview with tournament bracket, along with the recap and reactions. Also, read up on the lows and highs of Taya’s week.
10. Argenis sleeping on the job
I'm not sure what Argenis' plan was in this particular scenario. He was standing upside down on the top turnbuckle as Pentagon DARK came charging in with a kick to the mush. Maybe Argenis was still woozy from being tossed head over heels into the corner. Whatever the case, it gave me good laugh.
9. "Giddy up."
After Texano's victory, Beautiful Brenda was putting on the charm. "Look at that grade A piece of horse meat, right there." Then she slapped his ass with force. As Texano left with a smile, Brenda spit some shade, "He is so much cowboy... Little rope." Damn.
8. Cero miedo!!! (clap, clap, clap clap clap)
The ovation during the entrance of Pentagon DARK was pretty impressive. There is no doubt that the Believers believe in him. Even Vampiro burst out a laugh of giddiness. I'd like to think that the fans have no idea who will be wrestling when they attend a show, then they react with pure emotion upon hearing the introductions. That is what makes the rowdiness of the crowd in favor of Pentagon so cool. Perhaps someone who has attended a taping can chime in about that.
Rewind a little bit to earlier in the evening. When Pentagon chatted with Dario Cueto, he exited by dishing the threat of breaking Dario's bones if Pentagon doesn't leave Ultima Lucha Tres with gold. What kind of bullshit ultimatum is that? It wouldn't be Cueto's fault if Pentagon loses. If I'm El Jefe, I would considering killing Pentagon as soon as possible. The nuisance known as the man with cero miedo is becoming more of a liability than a benefit to the Temple. Pentagon's psychopathedness is second only to his own ego. Time to start plotting a plan against Pendejogon.
Speaking of breaking arms, I am very curious about what will happen if Pentagon beats Drago in round two. Will he try to break Drago's arm and make enemies of the entire snake tribe? He's certainly foolish enough to. Besides, snakes don't have arms. I know Vibora appears to have appendages, but he might have some crazy shape shifting skills, like Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian.
7. Cage curling
When I read in the preview that Cage would be visiting City Councilman Lawrence Delgado, I wondered if Cage wears the gauntlet at all times. Does he wear it in the grocery store, when doing laundry, showering, sleeping in his bed, and working out?
Well, Lucha Underground was nice enough to provide an answer about working out. Cage was doing curls with the left arm while wearing the gauntlet on the right arm. I guess he has to beef up his left side so it will match the power of his surging right side. Now, I just want a scene of Cage running errands while wearing the gauntlet.
6. Texan B shuffle
I love Famous B's Texan transformation. He has a ranch and all he needs is a thoroughbred in his stable. After declaring his intentions to lay down, Famous B did some kind of boot scootin' boogie that cracked me up. Too bad for B that Texano powerbombed him for his troubles.
I'm on board with the Texan B and Texano pairing, but I'm starting to get fed up with Texano's insolence. I'm hoping Dr. Wagner Jr. comes back to slap some sense into him. Or better yet, B finds someone larger than Texano to pound him down to the ground. To any big dudes out there, please call 423-GET-FAME.
5. Do a barrel roll!
Joy! Drago took Aerostar for a ride. It has been a while since I've seen a barrel roll in wrestling. Add in a nifty line from Vampiro to cap it off, "That is a technique that any reptile will use to disorient, squeeze you tighter, inject you with venom. And when you are bewildered, they will put the death clutch on you. No doubt." I felt a little disoriented afterward from the dizzying camera angle.
4. Johnny Mundo vs Rey Mysterio hype video
Mundo vs Mysterio is the next Lucha Underground championship match, and it is getting the big bout feel. Cue up "The Voice" Michael Schiavello to narrate the first training montage, and I was sold. I wasn't that pumped for the match beforehand, since it is so far into the future. However, this video worked to start sprouting the desire. I'm not sure what they will do to keep it hyped if they continue with promotion over the next six or so weeks, but I'm eager to find out.
I loved the ending credit, "Dario Cueto presents." Trying to squeeze in his name like a true promoter.
It is interesting that they brought in Michael Schiavello for voice work. I wonder if he'll be brought in for a match or two at Ultima Lucha Tres. He didn't have the best chemistry with Matt Striker for Ultima Lucha Uno, but I would chalk that up to lack of familiarity together as a duo. I'm a fan of both Schiavello and Striker, and I would really enjoy hearing them hit their stride side by side.
While waiting for next week, enjoy the 619 in Autozone's Hardest Hits commercial package.
Rey Mysterio knows how to deliver the hits. Check out his hard-hitting ‘619’ as #LuchaUnderground and @AutoZone present: “Hardest Hits.” pic.twitter.com/402b8VxSAZ— Lucha Underground (@LuchaElRey) June 15, 2017
3. Inside out German suplex
HUGE German suplex from Mala Suerte! #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/78NiQEYD7O— Jocay (@Jocay19) June 15, 2017
When Mack had the surge of momentum, Mala Suerte countered with a vicious suplex. I don't know what it is about Mack and that maneuver, but I have felt like he was going to die from a German suplex on numerous occasions in the Temple. Mala Suerte also had a sweet crucifix bomb. Unfortunately for Mala Suerte, he got pounced and bounced out of round one.
2. Tope sillacida
And the winner of the "Meet a luchadore" raffle is....that guy #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/WmRNcDgm0b— Vinnie Massaro (@snoringelbow) June 15, 2017
What a uniquely brutal maneuver. Aerostar attempted a suicide dive, only to be driven head first into a chair by Drago. That was a sweet planned spot. It looked totally legit. I assume it was planned, because nobody was sitting in that chair. Hopefully the impact was more bark than bite. Stay safe, fellas.
1. Nice knowing you, Councilman Delgado
Fatality. @MrGMSI_BCage #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/wLqrlhDmwz— UnderhookDDT (@UnderhookDDT) June 15, 2017
So, umm, Cage obliterated Councilman Delgado's skull. Nothing to see here. Just blood and splattered meat chunks. To add insult to injury, Cage stepped on his eyeball. Excuse me while I leave the room to scream deliriously.
Dario's not gonna like this.— Andrew (@TypeAndrew) June 15, 2017
But maaaaaaaan, #LuchaUnderground takes prowrestling to a whole 'nother level! pic.twitter.com/00vF5QbpDl
That scene was so cool. There was the obvious shock factor and savage visuals to boggle the mind. I also enjoyed Delgado giving sass. "And those meaningless days of lifting weights and drinking protein drinks will be in the past. Your life will finally have a purpose." And of course, Cage delivering his catchphrase, "I'm not a man. I'm a machine."
Best of all, the scene left us with so many questions. Who is actually in control of Cage? He seemed a little surprised by his sudden outbursts. If Cage is possessed by a god, then why did that god kill his loyal servant, Councilman Delgado. What will Dario Cueto think of all this? How is any luchador going to defeat Cage? He doesn't wrestle with the gauntlet, but it still takes serious power to utterly liquidate a skull. Cage is going to put a tenderizing on poor Vinnie Massaro, his opponent in the opening round of the Cueto Cup.
Catching up on last week’s poll, 65% of 96 votes voted Johnny Mundo as the favorite against 35% siding with Rey Mysterio in their upcoming championship contest.
How does this week's Tope 10 stack up to your list? Any favorites not included? Best match from Group A? Who will be the next to meet their demise murder-wise? If you were late to the viewing party, feel free to share your thoughts about anything in the episode.
Let me leave you with some words from Aerostar, even if it was posted before his bout with Drago, and thoughts from Fenix as he focuses on the Cueto Cup.
Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!