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Wrestling: La Parka

The Chairman of WCW

Adolfo Margarito Tapia Ibarra (b. 1965) is a Mexican Professional Wrestler best known as La Parka. He started his career in the 1980s and worked under the names El Gringo and El Minero until he lost the El Minero mask. He changed to El Asesino de Tepito until he lost that mask. Then he tried Principe Island, until he lost that mask. He joined AAA when it was starting up in 1992, and the promoter Antonio Peña came up with the idea for the La Parka gimmick, which stuck. He mainly competed for AAA with a quick side trip in 1995 to ECW. He made his PPV debut at AAA When Worlds Collide in a Trios match teaming with Jerry Estrada and Blue Panther in a loss to 2 Cold Scorpio, Tito Santana and Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit). He arrived in WCW in late 1996, debuting on the November 18, 1996 WCW Monday Nitro with a win over fellow luchador Juventud Guerrera. While he never won a title in WCW, he was very popular due to how exciting and entertaining he was. He left WCW in 2000. He was forced to change his name to L.A. Park because Peña had introduced a second La Parka and, after the regular La Parka signed with AAA's rival CMLL, Peña filed an injunction preventing him from being billed as La Parka in Mexico. He also made some unsuccessful appearances for TNA and a variety of independent promotions in the U.S. and Mexico. In 2010, he returned to AAA, though he left three years later. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former IWC (Mexico) World Heavyweight Champion, a 1x CMLL World Tag Team Champion with Shocker and a 4x National (Mexico) Light Heavyweight Champion.

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"Tropes asociados con La Parka":

  • AAA Owns This Name: He had to change his name because AAA wouldn't let him use it after they gave the La Parka gimmick to a different wrestler.
  • Air Guitar: With the steel chair during his ring entrances.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: La Parka Jr. while he wasn't in Mexico and La Super Muerte in Bolivia
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Chairman of the Brawl: His Weapon of Choice.
  • The Dead Can Dance: He's a guy in a skeleton costume who would dance on the chair he brought with him.
  • Dem Bones: His whole costume is of a skeleton.
  • Distaff Counterpart: La Novia De La Parka in AAA, Rosetta Par-K in Lucha Libre USA
  • Dreadlock Warrior: In AAA as La Park
  • Easily Distracted Referee: Parodied in the WWL, where he interrupted one of Blue Demon Jr's pin fall covers by slowly walking in front of the ref and nothing else.
  • Gag Dub: In WCW in late 1999 when he was a member of Vince Russo's the Powers That Be group.
  • Finishing Move: La Parkinator (Corkscrew moonsault)
  • Gimmick Matches: Defeated Sabu at MLW Revolutions on May 9, 2003 in a "Mexican Massacre Match."
  • Large Ham/Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He has a cool mask and costume, does Air Guitar with a chair on the way to the ring and dances on the chair. He also has a tendency to smash both his opponents and teammates with the chair if his team loses, and then dance some more.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The biggest of WCW's luchadores, he was well over the size limit to be considered a cruiserweight. This didn't stop him from busting out corkscrew sentons and split-leg moonsaults.
  • Masked Luchador: Not just a mask but a whole body suit in this case.
  • Meaningful Name: His name translates into 'The Mask'.
  • Mini Mook: Mini L.A. Park, rest in peace.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: His attitude toward Extreme Tiger in AAA
  • Power Stable:
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • (in AAA): Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
    • George Thorogood and the Destroyers' "Bad to the Bone"
    • (in CMLL): "Gasolina" by Daddy Yankee
  • Red Baron: "The Chairman of WCW"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His outfit in AAA is full of red eye spots
  • Rudo: Almost always. The most notable exception being during his feud with Disco Inferno.
  • Spikes of Villainy: At times as part of his costumes, though he didn't wrestle wearing them.
  • Tournament Arc
    • Won AAA's 1994 Torneo de Parejas with Jerry Estrada
    • Won AAA's 1996 Torneo de Parejas with Máscara Sagrada Jr
    • Won CMLL's last Torneo de Parejas 2007 with Dos Caras Jr.
  • With Friends Like These...: While teaming with Psicosis in WCW, he spent more time hitting Psicosis with his chair than they spent winning matches. Psicosis wasn't above returning the favor, and neither of them was above clobbering the other over botched teamwork or misunderstandings.
  • The Worf Effect: Many of his moves proved ineffective against the Psycho Circus to later emphasize how large and athletic Marco Corleone was when he managed to hurt them with the same moves La Parka failed with.
  • Wrestling Family: A big one. His brother Eustacio Jiménez Ibarra worked as El Hijo del Cien Caras until his death in 2010. Parka's son wrestles as, of course El Hijo de L.A. Park. Three of his uncles were also wrestlers.