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Tope 10: Lucha Underground (Aug. 29 & Sep. 5, 2018)

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Broken tacos, ruined cake, stomps, and struts. Our favorite GIFs, moves, and more from the twelfth and thirteenth episodes of the fourth season of a show which rewards multiple viewings and closer analysis.

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Each and every episode of Lucha Underground features maneuvers, quotes, outfits, props, scenes, and more that deserve recognition. That is where the Tope 10 comes in. This list shows appreciation for the moments that are more exciting than a flying tope.

If you are new to the Lucha Underground scene, you can catch it Wednesdays at 8pm ET on El Rey Network, buy all episodes to date on iTunes and Amazon, or watch seasons one and two on Netflix. See if El Rey Network is available in your area.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch episode twelve (August 29) yet, check out the preview and the recap/review.

10. Wedding wear

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So gaudy yet a perfect fit for the goofy duo getting wed. Lime green suited them well.

9. What a drag

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After Jack Evans’ defeat to XO Lishus, he had to drag himself backstage without the use of healthy legs. All his buds could focus on was the wedding as PJ Black said, “Go put on your tux, bro.” It is over the top silly that they don’t even care about Evans in obvious pain.

8. Joey Mercury

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Johnny Mundo’s longtime pal, Joey Wrestling (aka Mercury), made a surprise appearance to take over as best man. That was a nice callback to Johnny Mundo’s real life history. Melina made an appearance at Ultima Lucha Uno. Who else from Johnny’s past would you like to see enter the Temple?

In that same scene, Johnny pushed Ricky Mundo aside with a pbbbbbbbbbbtttt sound. Those noises always crack me up. Just like with Vampiro at Triplemania XXVI, Natalya’s flatulence gimmick also created laughter even though it was stupid. What are you favorite fart moments in wrestling?

7. Jumping Jack

Enjoy Jack Evans’ tumbling aerial attack from off the Temple ladder.

6. Table Blockbuster

That was a unique way for XO Lishus to make the most of his surroundings.

5. Hell hath no fury like a Taya scorned

Too bad Taya’s attacks didn’t do much to scare Matanza away. It was still badass to see Taya power up to fight a monster. Let’s hope she gets payback at some point.

4. Air guitar

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The Worldwide Underground crew laid some righteous licks on the air guitar for their pre-wedding meetup. Not only are the sound effects humorous, but the best part was Johnny Mundo taking Ricky Mundo’s air guitar away to hand over to Joey Wrestling. The idea that these invisible guitars are actually real makes me chuckle.

3. Not the tacos

Matanza slammed Johnny Mundo through the taco table. It made me sad. Tacos are tasty.

Ricky Mundo laughing joyously makes that GIF even better.

2. Not the cake

That was perfectly placed positioning by Matanza to slam Taya onto the cake. Splat! I like how Taya rolled to get cake all over her face to make the mess even more messy.

1. Vows

Before Matanza ruined the wedding, Taya and Johnny Mundo had sappy words to say to each other. It is worth repeating from the recap.

Taya sweetly said, “Johnny, I love you more than I love fluffy puppies, kneeing people in the face, and beheading giant snake men. I can’t wait to have you as my tag team partner for life, because, together, we can never lose. And even without gold around that tight, ripped, sexy waist of yours, you’ll always be the champion of my heart. And tonight, we’re going to put the slam in Slamtown. I love you so much, babe.”

Johnny responded, “Taya, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would meet anyone as tan, ripped, and attractive as I am. But then, I found you. I love you more than I love my own reflection. And trust me, that’s a lot of love. I always thought the best day of my life would be the day I won the Lucha Underground championship. But not anymore. Babe, the best day of my life is today. My heart is the most epic muscle in my body and it belongs to you. I can’t wait to buy a house with a white picket fence in Slamtown and begin our lives together. You are truly the perfect woman and I couldn’t be happier than to make you my perfect wife.”

For all that wrestling wedding wackiness, those small speeches did a good job to remind everyone that this was a ceremony between two people who love each other. That helped make the chicanery all the more cheeky.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch episode thirteen (September 5) yet, check out the preview and the recap/review.

10. Kumite

During the main event of Pentagon DARK vs Hernandez, Vampiro chimed in, “It is almost Kumite style, you know what I mean? You were asking about size difference. It really doesn’t matter. You’re going to have to take on all comers if you want to be the Kumite champion, much like Lucha Underground.” Kumite, kumite. I’m a sucker for Bloodsport references.

As a plus, having that moment in spot number ten gives me a reason to post the Bloodsport band GIF.

9. Pentagon strutting

With Johnny Mundo not available for action, Pentagon DARK needed a new challenger. Enter Hernandez. His little strut makes me laugh. Pentagon mocking that strut makes me laugh even more.

8. Mask vs Mask?

I love the idea of a lucha de apuesta between Son of Havoc and Killshot. Both commentary and Havoc accidentally (?) ripping off Killshot’s mask lead me to believe that will be the direction. I can’t wait.

7. Facebuster powerbomb

A neat move by Big Bad Steve. What I enjoy most is the unique hand position. Steve clasped Killshot’s hands underneath between his legs. I don’t know how that maneuver is regularly executed, but it looked different and distinctive.

6. Welcome back, Fenix

We all knew it was a matter of time before Fenix was brought back to life. This moment did not disappoint. With a little help from Aerostar and some magic, Fenix returned to the arms of Melissa Santos. I hope he had a nice snooze. That coffin looked cozy.

5. You have something in your eyes

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Yo, dog. Or birdman. Or whatever Fenix is. What’s up with your eyes? They are all googly.

What crazy story idea do the writers have in mind relating to Fenix’s eyes? It must have been done for a reason. I don’t even have any hypotheses.

4. Time travel

Any time Aerostar bypasses the rules of time for regular people, it is exciting.

I’m curious to see if Aerostar’s meddling will have any repercussions. Was it just a coincidence that he strolled up on Melissa Santos after she fought with Catrina? I think not. What plans does Aerostar have for Fenix? I doubt he brought him back just to be nice to Melissa. Fenix must have a greater purpose. Thinking about it more, if Fenix wasn’t supposed to die, then what happened? If Fenix was supposed to die and be brought back to life, then what would have happened if someone killed Aerostar before then? How does all that play into the butterfly effect idea? My brain hurts.

3. Stomp, step down on it

”Put your feet where you feel the fit.” I wonder if Killshot has been listening to, “Stomp,” by The Brothers Johnson.

That stomp transition/escape/reversal by Killshot on Big Bad Steve’s chest is something I have never seen before. It looks damn cool. It looks powerful too with the way Killshot pushed his legs down.

2. Chica, adios

Mil Muertes dropping Catrina to her death gave me a chuckle. I did not appreciate her snotty attitude earlier in the scene. I’m glad to see Mil didn’t either. Mil has always been more a follower of Catrina than a leader, so I’m very interested to see how he acts as his own man now.

1. Female fisticuffs of fury

If that was the end of the feud between Melissa Santos and Catrina, they sure as heck went out guns ablaze. And it was awesome. The fight itself was vicious. The camera effects added a chic vibe matching the characters involved. Scenes like that make me yearn for a full-length film in the Lucha Underground universe.

Revisiting the last poll a few weeks ago, 20% of 151 votes picked Johnny Mundo as the one to dethrone Pentagon DARK. That match did not proceed as scheduled, but maybe Mundo will get his chance later down the line. King Cuerno was next at 15% and he looks to be next up for a feud with Pentagon. El Dragon Azteca Jr. was third with 12% and no one was fourth with 11%. We will have to wait until Ultima Lucha Cuatro to see if those options will come true.

How does the Tope 10 from episodes twelve and thirteen stack up to your list? If you were late to the viewing party, feel free to share your thoughts about anything in the episode. Do you have any theories about Fenix’s eyes or the potential butterfly effect from Aerostar’s doings?

I’ll leave you with yet another Fighting Spirit video.

Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!