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.
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10. I’d say no
During the Sacrifice to the Gods, Vampiro had something he needed to say to his announcing partner. “I just want to clarify one thing. If it was unfortunate that you got chosen for the next sacrifice and you said, ‘Vamp, Vamp, Vamp, help me out,’ I’d say, ‘No.’” Matt Striker deadpanned with a tinge of sadness in his voice, “Alright, thanks for clarifying.” The silly banter between those two never ceases to entertain.
9. XO slickness
XO Lishus’ flying attack looked slick. I like how he arched his back for a distinctive look on a standard move. It made the contact look more impactful.
8. Dragon incoming
El Dragon Azteca Jr. took flight to assault Fenix. That is one of handful of Lucha Underground signature moves that I would watch all day and not tire.
7. Jack Evan from the heavens
Credit to Evans for the most productive maneuver and closest chance at victory against Matanza in a Sacrifice to the Gods fight.
6. Arrow from the Depths of Hell
King Cuerno’s suicide dive never gets old.
An appropriate and humorous reaction by Jack Evans upon hearing he was booked into a Sacrifice to the Gods match. He’s no dummy. Evans hightailed it up the stairs in an attempt to escape. I’ve been wondering why others haven’t had a similar reaction, but I’m glad Evans was the first. I don’t think anyone else in the Temple could have done it better.
4. Nunchuck violence
Poor Jake Strong. Aerostar and Drago whacked him good with nunchucks in the aptly named Nunchuck Match. That GIF wasn’t the top nunchuck moment. I’d go with Drago sitting on Aerostar’s shoulders and hammering the heck out of Strong’s head multiple times as Strong was blinded with green mist.
3. Green mist
I’ll never not enjoy a misting in professional wrestling.
2. Upstairs leap
Watch Aerostar jump from the upper perch.
Those leaps are always exciting. The best part is that it was a complete surprise. Normally, the luchadores might tease the tension or you can tell something crazy is going down because it is sort of set up in an unnatural way. In this case, Aerostar came flying out of nowhere. Jake Strong was busy beating up Drago, then whammo.
1. RIP, MFer
That full phrase from Mack after his attack on Mil Muertes was kind of cliche, but I don’t care. I popped hard. Part is because Mack is the perfect character for that line and part is because the Death Match at Ultima Lucha Cuatro is going to be fire. I feel tingly just thinking about it.
How does the Tope 10 from episode sixteen stack up to your list? If you were late to the viewing party, feel free to share your thoughts about anything in the episode.
I’ll leave you with a cheesy, in a good way, commercial of Vampiro promoting Krav Maga lessons in Guadalajara. The music alone is worth it.
Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!