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Adolfo Tapia Ibarra (born November 14, 1965), better known as La Parka, is a Mexicanmarker professional wrestler most famous to Americanmarker fans for his days in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) but has also had an extensive career working for Mexican wrestling promotions. He currently wrestles as LA Park since Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) owns the rights to the La Parka gimmick.

L.A. Park's uncle gained fame as a wrestler named Volador but later changed his name to Super Parka, wearing an outfit and mask similar to his nephew. L.A. Park's son began wrestling in 2008 under the name Black Spirit, also wearing a mask and outfit similar to his father.

Another wrestler performs under the La Parka name for AAA. He is usually denoted as La Parka, Jr. (though he is only a couple months younger), La Parka (AAA), or La Parka (PAP). A similar stunt to the above occurred in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as Erik Watts donned the La Parka gear in an angle with Goldy Locks in 2004.

Professional wrestling career

Tapia began wrestling in 1982, but he did not start making a name for himself until he became the masked La Parka in 1992. His costume and mask are a skeleton resembling the outfits used in Mexico's Day of the Dead ceremony. Tapia is a very flamboyant wrestler, sometimes wearing sombreros to the ring, playing guitar on the chair he always brings to the ring, strutting and dancing in the ring, and even strutting on the turnbuckle.

His biggest and longest running feud in Mexico was against Lizmark. La Parka also feuded with Jerry Estrada, Konnan, Super Calo and Pierroth, Jr. He frequently teamed with Psychosis. La Parka was part of the When Worlds Collide joint AAA/WCW pay-per-view in 1994 and wrestled briefly in Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1995.

World Championship Wrestling

La Parka
In 1996, La Parka entered WCW and picked up his feud with Super Calo. During this time, the company had signed many luchadores such as Rey Misterio Jr. and Eddie Guerrero to enhance its cruiserweight division with their high-flying style; however, due to his appearance and flamboyancy, La Parka was seen as more of a comedic figure. He became known as "The Chairman of WCW" because he often carried a folding chair, typically hitting his opponents with, unfolding, and standing on it to pose. In 1997, La Parka reformed his team with Psychosis with Sonny Onoo as their manager. They feuded with Wrath, Mortis, and Último Dragón.

By 1998, he had left Onoo and feuded with Disco Inferno and Psychosis. He was used on some WCW pay-per-views but, seen as a rather humorous and unusual performer, never got a significant push. In June 1998, La Parka tore his ACL while receiving a spear from Bill Goldberg. He returned in September and got into some trouble for competing in Mexico without WCW President Eric Bischoff's permission.

One particular WCW match was scheduled as La Parka vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Surprisingly, given La Parka's low-card status, he defeated Savage easily, finishing him with Diamond Dallas Page's finisher, the Diamond Cutter. After the match, "La Parka" removed his mask to reveal he was in fact Page, who was feuding with Savage at the time. Page would go on to reference La Parka in interviews. A couple of weeks later, Savage fought the real La Parka and gained some measure of revenge.

In October 1998, he joined Eddie Guerrero's Latino World Order (LWO) with Psychosis, Juventud Guerrera, Los Villanos, El Dandy, Silver King, Héctor Garza, Damien, and a reluctant Rey Mysterio Jr. They feuded with Konnan and Perry Saturn. In January 1999, Guerrero was injured in a car accident. That same month, the New World Order (nWo) had reformed into one group, and LWO members were being found incapacitated at the hands of the nWo backstage. This marked the end of the group. La Parka then started teaming with Silver King and picked up his feud with Super Calo again. He briefly feuded with Eddie Guerrero upon his return since Eddie caused the LWO to disband.

When Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara took over booking in late 1999, they had Ferrara's voice dubbing English over the intercom while La Parka would be doing interviews in Spanish. This often ended with a confused Gene Okerlund exclaiming "What the hell was that?!" The voice overs would comically explain La Parka was a fan of Skeletor from Masters of the Universe, hence his in-ring wear. During this time, he teamed with Kaz Hayashi whose similarly dubbed voice referred to La Parka as "Skull Captain." This ended after a few weeks when La Parka heard something he did not want said and tossed the microphone down as Ferrera was speaking.

Mexico and independent promotions

By early 2000, he had left WCW for Mexico where he had some trouble with the AAA promotion over the use of the La Parka name. They trademarked his name, forcing him to change it to L.A. Park when he debuted with AAA's rival, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). In January 2004, Park and Shocker defeated Los Guerreros del Infierno for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship. Rey Bucanero and Último Guerrero would win their titles back in a rematch in March. L.A. Park challenged Último Guerrero for the CMLL Light Heavyweight title at the CMLL 71st anniversary show but was unsuccessful. He continued wrestling in CMLL as well as independent promotions in Tijuanamarker and elsewhere in the country.

2002 and 2003 saw him wrestle for Xtreme Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, Major League Wrestling, and the revived AWA Superstars.

In 2004, he made brief appearances in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, using his chair on his opponents, but was soon back in Mexico teaming with Shocker. In 2005, L.A. Park wrestled mainly in his native Mexico, but also competed in the United Statesmarker for Lucha Xtreme Wrestling, Ultimate Championship Wrestling, and occasionally for Future Championship Wrestling.

On May 7, 2005, L.A. Park debuted for Detroit's Independent Wrestling Revolution (IWR) brand Revolucha, teaming with American Kickboxer in a losing effort to El Hijo del Santo and Konnan, with special referee Zach Gowen. Park continued his rivalry with El Hijo del Santo culminating on October 29, 2005 at Revolucha 2: Dia de los Muertos inside Lucha en la Jaula (a steel cage match). Both Park and Santo had their masks ripped halfway off their faces during this violent cage match. In February 2006, L.A. Park began a bitter feud with then IWR Champion Conrad Kennedy III (CK3). L.A. Park finally defeated CK3 on August 27, 2006 at Brawl at the Hall 6 and defended the IWR/Revolucha Heavyweight Championship on October 14, 2007 at Revolucha 4.

As of June 2007, he still performs for CMLL, has become a heel, and has had a very successful run of matches on Mexico, mainly due to his current feud with Dr. Wagner, Jr., which have a very positive fan reaction. L.A. Park is still currently feuding against Dr. Wagner Jr. outside of CMLL on the independent circuit but is planning to retire. On December 8, 2007, L.A. Park was scheduled to wrestle El Hijo Del Santo, Fishman jr, Fantasma, Tinieblas and other famous wrestlers in a ruleta de la muerte mask vs. mask match, but was re-hired by CMLL and didn't appear in Santo's event Todo x el Todo.

In 2008, he returned to CMLL as a heel but was later turned face as the crowd was behind him as a heel during his return. He briefly feuded with Dr. Wagner, Jr. before Wagner's leave from the company. L.A. Park was rumored to be retiring at the end of 2008, which did not happen.

On February 22, 2009, La Parka showed up at an ECPW in Staten Island, New Yorkmarker which took place in the Cromwell Center, he signed autographs through out the show and then main evented the night with his manager against "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, losing the match.

On September 12, 2009, La Parka wrestled at the Santa Maria Fairpark against NWA Champion Oliver John, in a non title match main event, which he won.

In wrestling









  • Nicknames
    • "The Chairman (of WCW)"
    • "La autentica"




Championships and accomplishments

*AAA/IWC World Championship (1 time)
*Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (4 times)


*CMLL World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Shocker


  • International Wrestling Revolution
    • IWR Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


*NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion (1 time)


*PWI ranked him #172 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003.
*PWI ranked him #39 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1998.


  • Revolucha
*Revolucha Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


*WWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)


  • Xtreme Latin American Wrestling
*XLAW Xtreme Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


Lucha de Apuesta record

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Principe Island Gran Cóndor Unknown Unknown  
Hair Principe Island Gran Cóndor Unknown Unknown  
Mask Principe Island Príncipe Judas Unknown Unknown  
Mask Principe Island Guerrero Negro Unknown Unknown  
Mask Principe Island Bestia Negra I Unknown Unknown  
Mask Astro de Oro El Asesino de Tepito Guatemala Citymarker, Guatemalamarker Unknown  
Mask Clímax II El Minero Mexico City, Mexicomarker  
Mask El Hijo del Santo Principe Island Apatlaco, Mexico Statemarker  
Hair Principe Island Bestia Negra I Unknown  
Mask Stuka Invasor del Norte I Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker  
Hair Panterita del Ring Principe Island Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker 1992  
Hair La Parka Arandú Nuevo Laredomarker, Tamaulipasmarker  
Mask La Parka Pierroth, Jr. Nuevo Laredomarker, Tamaulipasmarker  
Mask La Parka Wolf Reynosamarker, Tamaulipasmarker  
Hair La Parka Gran Markus, Jr. Nuevo Laredomarker, Tamaulipasmarker  
Mask La Parka Shiryu Dragon Guadalajaramarker, Jaliscomarker 2001
Hair La Parka El Dandy Nuevo Laredomarker, Tamaulipasmarker
Mask La Parka Huracán Ramírez Jr. Monclovamarker, Coahuilamarker
Hair La Parka Damián 666 Tijuanamarker, Baja Californiamarker
Hair L.A. Park Nicho el Millonario Tijuanamarker, Baja Californiamarker  
Hair L.A. Park Super Parka Tijuanamarker, Baja Californiamarker
Hair L.A. Park Diluvio Negro II Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker
Mask L.A. Park Black Tiger III Torreónmarker,Coahuilamarker
Hair L.A. Park Villaño III Mexico City, Mexicomarker
Hair L.A. Park Mascara Año 2000 Cuernavacamarker, Morelosmarker  
Hair L.A. Park Pierroth Xalapamarker, Veracruzmarker  
Hair L.A. Park Silver King Mexico Statemarker
Mask L.A. Park Guerrero Rojo Mexicalimarker, Baja Californiamarker  
Mask L.A. Park Matematico, Jr. Monterreymarker, Nuevo Leónmarker, Mexicomarker Multi-man match that also incouded Máscara Año 2000, Jr., Perro Aguayo, Jr., Axel, Tinieblas, Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras and Aníbal, Jr.


References

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