Wrestling / Abyss

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Christopher Joseph Parks (born October 4, 1973), better known by his ring name Abyss, is an American professional wrestler currently signed with TNA.

Parks is a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, being the first of only two men to hold the title while competing under a mask (Blue Demon Jr. is the other). Abyss is also the heaviest wrestler to hold the X Division Championship. He also captured the Television Championship twice, the NWA World Tag Team Championship once with AJ Styles, and the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice — once with James Storm as The Revolution, and once with Crazzy Steve as Decay. Having won all the required championships, Abyss was the fourth man to complete the Triple Crown Championship and the second to complete the Grand Slam Championship. Parks also wrestles as Abyss' storyline brother/split personality, Joseph Park.

As usual, That Other Wiki has a page about his life and career.

"Monster's Tropes":

  • Abusive Parents: Father James Mitchell wasn't the most considerate father to him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Well most of the time, he has had some periods of being docile (if still crazy).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Joseph Park's a nice guy, but don't piss him off, lest he kick your ass.
  • Berserk Button: Whenever Joseph Park sees his own blood, he begins acting like Abyss.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His return during the Darkest Hour of the Aces & Eights angle.
  • Blood Upgrade: Joseph Park, after he Took a Level in Badass, is a decent wrestler, but when he sees his own blood, the fact he's a member of an entire family of Wrestling Monsters comes to the surface and he flies into an Unstoppable Rage.
  • The Brute: Abyss was Immortal's powerhouse on top of being their herald.
  • Clark Kenting: Joseph might even be a Clark Kent Expy.
  • Cool Mask: A half-mask similar to Kane and Mankind's half-masks. Averted with Joseph Park.
  • Composite Character: He's noted as being a composite of Kane (of being The Giant and his more "mystical" moments, among other things) and Mankind (seen in his more docile moments and tendency towards hardcore matches, among other things). One would also add another Mick Foley character, Cactus Jack, to the mix, as Abyss' barbed wire-wrapped 2x4 "Janice" seems an expy of Cactus Jack's barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat "Barbie."
  • Garbage Wrestler: Abyss's claim to fame is that he uses thumbtacks, broken glass, and barbed wire a lot. As Joseph Park, he subverts this, as he manages to be a pretty decent wrestler, as his agility, already noted as Abyss, is even more notable as Park.
  • Gimmick Matches: The Monster's Ball used to be a no rules fight after the wrestlers had spent an entire day in solitary confinement. It devolved into pretty much a regular street fight with extra emphasis on thumbtacks eventually.
  • Heroic Second Wind: The Hulk up sequence after he got a Hall of Fame ring from Hulk Hogan. He even shrugged off a brass knuckle shot from Ric Flair.
  • He's Back: After missing for nearly a year and a half, Abyss returns during the Darkest Hour of the Aces & Eights angle. By the end of the night he's laid out the entire stable.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lost an Ultimate X match when he went to chokeslam Brian Kendrick, who grabbed the title belt suspended above the ring when Abyss lifted him for the slam.
  • Hope Bringer: A Wrestling Monster might be the rarest place to find one, but returning during the Darkest Hour of the Aces & Eights angle and laying out the entire stable was certainly this.
  • In the Hood: Abyss tends to wear hoods for his entrance.
  • Last of His Kind: During the brief departure of James Storm in 2015, Abyss was the only wrestler in the company to have appeared on its very first broadcast. And along with Storm, Eric Young and Bobby Roode, he is the last of the TNA Originals. The World Title Series taped for the end of 2015 used this to group all four of them together. With Roode's and Young's exodus, Abyss and Storm are the only two remaining.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is able to dish a lot of damage as well as take it, and and can move quickly.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Got this from James Mitchell, who said, "Your name isn't Parks, it's Mitchell, and I am your father!" This was ultimately largely abandoned, though.
  • Made of Iron: Is able to shrug off thumbtacks, broken glass, and barbed wire.
  • Magic Feather: Hulk Hogan's ring didn't make him tougher inherently but it was a constant reminder that Hulk Hogan liked him, making Abyss whose almost inhuman tolerance for pain was already well-chronicled in TNA's history want to wrestle like Hulk Hogan.
  • Man on Fire: Team 3D didn't just light him on fire but to a degree that when the crew came by with a fire extinguisher they had to spray him down twice.
  • Nice Guy: Joseph's a pretty nice fellow. Unless someone really upsets him, that is.
  • Parts Unknown: He's billed from there as Abyss.
  • Remember the New Guy: Despite there being plenty of family drama between Abyss, Judas Mesias, and James Mitchell, nobody mentioned a third Park brother. Explained in an online interview as being that Joseph was away at boarding school when everything first happened, then busy with his law firm when everything else went down. (Except it's now been revealed he's not a separate Park brother. See Split Personality below.)
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Originally Joseph Park and Abyss are portrayed as this, with mild mannered, non-action guy Joseph looking for his psychotic bruiser brother Chris (Abyss).
  • Split Personality: Finally revealed during his storyline with Bad Influence and Eric Young in late 2013. When EY at last told Joseph Park that he's actually Abyss, the entire crowd present popped despite, or maybe even because, they knew it.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Caused by Young's constant attempt to get him to "show/realize who he really is." So he stepped away to find someone who understood him, and later came back as Magnus's violent mercenary buddy.
  • Three Month Rule
    • He was revealed to be afraid of heights during an Ultimate X Match but later voluntarily challenged Bram to a ladder match.
    • In that ladder match he lost Janice to Bram but on the third Impact of Destination America he had Janice back in possession without explanation.
  • Undying Loyalty: Is one of the few wrestlers who can honestly say that they've been with TNA since the beginning. Now with AJ Styles gone, he's probably the most tenured wrestler in the company.
  • Weapon of Choice: Chains, thumbtacks, broken glass, and his spiked 2x4, "Janice."
  • White Sheep: Joseph, who is the only member of the family who isn't psychotic, unless he sees his own blood.
  • The Worf Barrage: His spiked 2x4, "Janice," which he hasn't had much success with as all he has managed to do with it is get it stuck on the ring apron and turnbuckle pad. Subverted when he finally successfully uses "her" to carve up Rob Van Dam backstage, sending him to the hospital and forcing him to vacate the title. That is one of only two times "she" has been successfully used by him against anyone (the other against Samoa Joe), but "she" has been used against him FOUR times.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Abyss did have periods of reluctance but Daffney seems to have put all of that to rest for good.
  • Wrestling Monster: Well, duh. His Red Baron even is "The Monster." Subverted with Joseph, who only plays this trope straight when he sees his own blood.
  • You Have Failed Me: Accidentally dropped Revolution leader James Storm with a DDT in Glasgow, then purposefully dropped Manik for taking the losing pinfall.

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