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La Parka Pro
Adolpho Tapia
BornNovember 14, 1965
FromTorreon, Mexico

Professional wrestling career

Ring NameL.A. Park
Height6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)
Weight221 lbs (100 kg)
Debuted1982


Adolfo Margarito Tapia Ibarra (November 14, 1965) is a Mexican Luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler. For years he has worked under the ring name L.A. Park, but is best known throughout the world as La Parka, especially from his many years in World Championship Wrestling. He was forced to change his name from "La Parka" to "L.A. Park" (Short for La Auténtica Park; "The Original Park") in early 2003 when Asistencia Asesoría y Administración owner Antonio Peña asserted his copyright claims to the La Parka character, barring Tapia from using the name as he promoted his own La Parka.

Professional wrestling career

World Championship Wrestling (1996-2000)

When WCW began using a number of AAA wrestlers for their cruiserweight division in mid to late 1996 La Parka gained world wide exposure by appearing on WCW's weekly television shows and PPVs. La Parka would often wrestle against other AAA Luchadors such as Juventud Guerrera or Super Caló and often teamed with Psicosis (known in WCW as Psycosis). Due to La Parka's more comedic style he stood out from the rest of the AAA wrestlers who were generally high fliers. He was nicknamed "the chairman of WCW" due to the fact that he would often carry a chair to the ring, play air guitar on it during his entrances and generally use it both in matches and in post match celebrations. At one point he and Psychosis were managed by Sonny Onoo, although the team failed to achieve much success as a unit. Later on he would drop Onoo as a manager and begin to feud with Psychosis and Disco Inferno. While La Parka often wrestled on WCW's Monday Nitro show his PPV appearances were rare. On July 13, he teamed with Psychosis and Villano IV on the undercard of WCW's Bash at the Beach PPV, losing to Héctor Garza, Juventud Guerrera and Lizmark, Jr. He also wrestled at SuperBrawl VIII, losing to Disco Inferno[10] In June 1998, La Parka tore his ACL while receiving a spear from Bill Goldberg. The injury would keep him out of the ring until September 1998. In 1999 on an episode of Thunder, Goldberg ripped La Parka's arm out of its socket after a botched move.

La Parka's biggest achievement in WCW did not even involve Adolfo Tapia. One night in a match against Randy Savage La Parka suddenly executed Diamond Dallas Page's finisher, the Diamond Cutter on Savage and gained the pinfall. After the match "La Parka" unmasked to show that it was Savage's rival Diamond Dallas Page under the mask, using the ruse to get back at Savage. A couple of weeks later, Savage wrestled against the real La Parka defeating him to gain a small measure of revenge. In October 1998, La Parka became part of Eddie Guerrero's Latino World Order, a group that also included Psychosis, Juventud Guerrera, Villano IV, Villano V, El Dandy, Silver King, Héctor Garza, Damián 666, and a reluctant Rey Mysterio Jr. The group feuded mainly with Konnan and Perry Saturn. In January 1999, Guerrero was injured in a car accident and the LWO group was subsequently abandoned.

When Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara took over creative control of WCW in late 1999, they had Ferrara's voice dub 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?!" Among other things the voice over explained that La Parka was a fan of Skeletor from Masters of the Universe and other comedic comments. During this time, he teamed with Kaz Hayashi, a Japanese wrestler who also used the "Comedic voice over" gimmick and would refer to La Parka as "Skull Captain". La Parka would also do a promo with Ferrara's voice before a match and Ferrara would insult and threaten La Parka's opponent, to which La Parka will throw down the mic and plead with his enraged opponent. La Parka left WCW in 2000.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
  • La Parkinator
  • Nicknames
  • "Chairman Of The Board"
  • "Man Of A Thousand Bones"
  • Tag teams and stables
  • Latino World Order
  • Theme music
  • Parental Advisory: Explicit Acts" from Non-Stop Music (WCW)

Championships and accomplishments

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