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La Parka / L.A. Park

    

Real Name - Adolfo Margarito Tapia Ibarra
Birthdate - 11/14/65
6' 255 lbs. - Monclova, Coahuilo

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Alberto Mora, Raul Reyes

Professional Background - Indies(`82-`92), Panama, AAA(`92-`96), ECW(`96), WCW(`96-`00), IWC(`98), WWC(`00), MLW(`02-`03), All Japan(`02-`03), CMLL(`03-`08), XLAW(`04-`10), TNA(`04) , AAA(`10-)

AliasesAdolfo Tapia, Principe Island

Groups - LWO (Latino World Order), La Sociedad

Peak Years - `94-`98


Finisher(s) - 
La Parkinator (Corkscrew Moonsault)
- Skytwister Press
- Powerbomb
- Skull Bomb (High-Speed Sunset Flip Powerbomb)

Favorites -
- Tornillo (Twisting Pescado)
- Tope Suicida
- Spin Wheel Kick
- Enzugiri
- Slap

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment10 
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - In 1992, Antonio Pena came up with the persona of “La Parka” wearing a a full body suit and mask to look like a skeleton reminiscent of the Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico.  Adolfo Tapia, a ten year veteran, was put into the role and very quickly got it over.  Tapia was a very talented rudo, but had only had a few underneath runs as a couple forgettable characters.  On the grand stand of AAA as La Parka, he proved to be one of the most entertaining luchadors of the day.  Lizmark, one of the premier technicos in Mexico, jumped to AAA and was crucial in establishing La Parka as a top rudo.  The rivalry over a few different light heavyweight titles was not only key in La Parka’s success, but AAA’s early success as well.  In 1996, Konnan began helping a number of luchadors sign with WCW and La Parka was one of the most notable.  In a little more than three years in WCW, La Parka was never given much of a push, but still managed to get himself over to a degree.  He was big enough, distinct enough and charismatic enough to bridge the language and style gap that many of his Mexican colleagues were unable to do.  Dubbed the “Chairman of WCW” as he ran around whacking people with steel chairs and doing his crazy dancing, La Parka had the potential to go much further.  A subsequent voiceover gimmick did not work well either.  Although his WCW run was not a huge success, he made excellent money, saved a lot of it and was able to return to Mexico and enjoy a career renaissance.  Antonio Pena frustrated by one of his greatest creations going elsewhere, took legal action against Tapia, who changed his name to “L.A. Park” and modified his signature outfit some.  L.A. Park took on a harder edge that saw him using a lot of gimmicks, heavy juice and wild brawling.  Physically, he was slowing down as he neared forty, but he was able to do some shots in Japan, Puerto Rico and the US, while maintaining himself on Mexican independent scene, often working with El Hijo Del Santo and Blue Demon Jr. on top.  Park would also work for CMLL some, usually coming in for a hot program with top stars like Dr. Wagner Jr. and Perro Aguayo Jr.  In 2010, L.A. Park returned to AAA after nearly fifteen years.  Antonio Pena, who was deceased by this time, had established La Parka Jr. (who eventually dropped the “Jr.”) as the new version of the character.  The natural feud between L.A. Park and La Parka was a financial and creative success.  L.A. Park is pretty well broken down physically, but his charisma and fame allow him to pick his spots and continue to make decent money in Mexico.  The La Parka mask is one of the most famous of the red-hot 1990s era if not all of lucha libre history and the man behind the mask is one of the great entertainers of that genre.
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