La Parka II

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La Parka II
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La Parka signing an autograph for a fan
Birth nameJesús Alfonso Huerta Escoboza
Born(1966-01-04)January 4, 1966
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
DiedJanuary 11, 2020(2020-01-11) (aged 54)[1]
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico[2]
Cause of deathLung and kidney failure[3]
Children1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Bello Sexy
Crater
Duro
Karis la Momia
La Parka (II)
La Parka Jr.
Maligno
Santa Esmeralda
Billed height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[4]
Billed weight101 kg (223 lb)[4]
Billed fromHermosillo, Sonora, Mexico[4]
Trained byAmerica Salvaje
Resplandor
Debut1987
Retired2019

Jesús Alfonso Huerta Escoboza[5] (January 4, 1966 – January 11, 2020) was a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, better known as La Parka (or La Parka II to distinguish him from the original La Parka) who worked for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion AAA from the mid-1990s until 2019. On January 11, 2020, Huerta died from complications arising from injuries that he sustained from a botched move during an October 2019 match.[6]

Escoboza was not the first wrestler to use the ring name "La Parka", Adolfo Tapia was the original La Parka but did not own either the name or the character. In the late 1990s, Escoboza was billed as La Parka Jr. and then in 2003 he became the "official" La Parka while Tapia was forced to stop using the name and instead became known as L.A. Park.[7]

In 2020, he was posthumously inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1987–1995)[edit]

Escoboza made his debut in 1987, working as Bello Sexy.[8] After working as Bello Sexy for five years he changed his gimmick to Maligno (Spanish for "Evil"), which he used until 1995.[8] In this time period he also briefly worked as Crater and Santa Esmarela.[8]

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (1995–2019)[edit]

Karis la Momia (1995–1996)[edit]

In early 1995 Escobedo was once again repackaged as he joined Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA; then formally known as Asistencia Asesoría y Administración) and became Karis la Momia ("Karis the Mummy") a mummy gimmick named after the 1940s Mummy-film series Kharis.[8] He was the fourth wrestler to use the Karis la Momia name. On June 30, 1995 Karis la Momia made his first AAA major show appearance as he teamed with Espectro I, El Duende, Maniaco and Halloween, losing to Los Power Raiders at Triplemania III-C.[9] On May 15, 1996 Karis won his first wrestling championship as he defeated Blue Demon Jr. for the Mexican National Cruiserweight Championship.[10] At Triplemania IV-A Karis, Arunyo and Killer defeated Blue Demon Jr., El Torero, and Máscara Sagrada Jr.[11] Over the summer of 1996 Karis worked a storyline feud, teaming with Los Payasos against Los Junior Atómicos (Máscara Sagrada Jr., Tinieblas Jr., Blue Demon Jr. and Halcón Dorado Jr.). The two teams met in a four on four match at Triplemania IV-B which Los Junior Atómicos won.[12] The storyline continued at Triplemania IV-C as the two teams faced off in a Steel cage match as the main event of the show.[13] The match saw Karis la Momia defeat Halcón Dorado Jr., forcing him to unmask. In November 1996 Karis la Momia was given a new gimmick and he was forced to vacate the Mexican National Cruiserweight Championship because of this.[10] He may have impersonated a new character named La Calaca (a variation of La Parka character with an inverted costume and a more diabolical mask) in a match fought in Arena Neza at the end of 1996. This gimmick was later given to a Monterrey rudo named El Sanguinario.[14]

La Parka Jr. (1996–2003)[edit]

By late 1996 AAA regular La Parka began working more or less full-time for World Championship Wrestling, which meant that AAA lost one of its most popular performers. Since AAA owner Antonio Peña had created the character and owned the rights to them in Mexico he decided to create "La Parka Jr." as a way to capitalize on the popularity of La Parka, giving the part to the promising Escobedo.[7] La Parka. Jr. joined Los Junior Atómicos, replacing the very man he had unmasked, Halcón Dorado Jr. One of the early appearances of La Parka Jr. was at Guerra de Titanes 1997, where he teamed with Máscara Sagrada Jr., Venum and Cuervo in a loss to Los Vipers (Psicosis, Histeria, Mosco de la Merced and Maniaco).[15] La Parka Jr. quickly became a part of the storyline between the Los Vipers group and a group of "AAA Loyalists", this storyline led to a match at Triplemania VI where he teamed with Latin Lover, Blue Demon Jr. and Máscara Sagráda defeating Los Vipers (Cibernético, Histeria, Maniaco and Psicosis).[16] On April 4, 1999 Los Junior Atómicos (La Parka Jr. Perro Aguayo Jr., Blue Demon Jr. and Máscara Sagrada Jr.) defeated Los Vatos Locos (Charly Manson, May Flowers, Nygma and Picudo) to win the Mexican National Atómicos Championship.[17] The group held the title for five months, before losing it to rivals Los Vipers at Verano de Escandalo (1999).[18] On August 12, 1999 La Parka Jr. regained the Mexican National Cruiserweight Championship he was forced to give up when he changed gimmicks, defeating Kendo for the title.[10]

On March 30, 2001 La Parka Jr. defeated Latin Lover, Abismo Negro and Heavy Metal to win the 2001 Rey de Reyes tournament, the first visible proof that La Parka Jr. was being positioned as one of the top tecnicos (Face or good guy) of AAA.[19] La Parka Jr. followed his Rey de Reyes success by forcing Abismo Negro to submit in their four on four encounter at Triplemania IX on May 26, 2001.[20] On November 11, 2001 La Parka and Máscara Sagrada teamed up to defeat El Texano and Pirata Morgan for the Mexican National Tag Team Championship.[21] The team held onto the titles until April 19, 2002 when Electroshock and Chessman took the titles from them.[21] La Parka Jr.'s climb up the card continued as he teamed with El Alebrije, Máscara Sagrada and Octagón to defeat Abismo Negro, Cibernético, the Monsther and Leatherface in the main event of Guerra de Titanes 2002.[22] On March 16, 2003 La Parka Jr. won the Rey de Reyes tournament, defeating Abismo Negro to claim his second Rey de Reyes.[23]

The new La Parka (2003–2009)[edit]

La Parka during an outdoor event in 2018

In early 2003 the original La Parka joined Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), AAA's main rival, as a result Antonio Peña took legal action against Adolfo Tapia, barring him from using the name "La Parka" or wearing the signature "skeleton suit" in Mexico. After taking action against Tapia, La Parka Jr. became known officially as just "La Parka".[7] On June 15, 2003 La Parka main evented his first Triplemanía as he teamed with Lizmark, Octagón and Super Caló, defeating Abismo Negro, Cibernético and The Headhunters in the main event of Triplemania XI.[24] Five days later La Parka teamed with Octagón to win the Mexican National Tag Team Championship from Electroshock and Chessman, a title the team holds to this day.[25]

The storyline between the AAA loyalists, led by La Parka, and Los Vipers, led by Cibernético came to a head on June 20, 2004 in the main event of Triplemania XII as La Parka defeated Cibernético in a Luchas de Apuesta, forcing Cibernético to unmask after the match in one of the biggest Triplemania events ever.[26] The feud between La Parka and Cibernético continued beyond the mask loss, including La Parka defeating Cibernético in a "Lights Out" match at Verano de Escandalo (2004).[27]

In late 2005 Konnan returned to AAA, bringing a contingent of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) wrestlers with him, forming La Legión Extranjera, the new top Rudo (Heel or bad guy) faction of AAA. The appearance of La Legión actually caused La Parka and Cibernético to form a temporary alliance, fighting La Legión in the main event of Guerra de Titanes 2004, defeating Konnan and Rikishi.[28] The Cibernético / La Parka alliance did not last long as Cibernético formed La Secta Cibernetica in early 2005, siding with Konnan's La Legión. On March 11, 2005 La Parka won his third Rey de Reyes, winning a seven-way elimination match over Latin Lover, Abismo Negro, Chessman, Jeff Jarrett, Konnan and Cibernético. With the victory La Parka became the only wrestler to ever win three Rey de Reyes tournaments.[29] La Parka's run as the top tecnico of AAA continued, main eventing Triplemania XIII alongside Latin Lover and Octagón, defeating Cibernético, Chessman and Fuerza Guerrera.[30] In early 2006 La Secta de Cibernetica brought in Muerta Cibernetica to strengthen the group, often replacing Cibernético because of various minor injuries. At the 2006 Rey de Reyes La Parka, Vampiro and Octagón represented AAA in a four-way trios match against La Secta, Team TNA and Los Guapos for the Rey de Reyes trophy. While La Parka did not win he did help his teammate Vampiro win it.[31] At Triplemania XIV La Parka faced off against Muerta Cibernetica in a Luchas de Apuesta. In a move that mirrored Triplemania XII La Parka won, unmasking Muerta Cibernetica.[32] The Legión Extranjera storyline saw La Parka face off against TNA wrestlers such as Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Elix Skipper and Hotstuff Hernandez.[33][34]

In late 2006 AAA owner Antonio Peña died, forcing various changes backstage including Joaquin Roldan taking over the booking duties. One of the things that Roldan changed in AAA was that La Parka was no longer booked as the lone top tecnico any more, focusing the main storyline more on Cibernético. On March 18, 2007 La Parka won his fourth and final Rey de Reyes tournament defeating Octagón, Abismo Negro, Rhino, Fuerza Guerrera and Latin Lover in the elimination match final.[35] At Triplemania XV the La Legión team of Ron Killings, Sabu, Head Hunter A and Rikishi Phatu defeated La Parka, El Zorro, Latin Lover and Animal.[36] Over the summer of 2007 La Parka injured his shoulder in a car accident, forcing him to work a lighter schedule and a less risky style.[37] At the 2007 Antonio Peña Memorial Show Kenzo Suzuki aggravated La Parka's injury by accident forcing him to take time off after the event.[37][38]

La Parka's shoulder injury kept him sidelined for extended periods in both 2007 and 2008, but he did participate in Triplemania XVI where he teamed with Chessman and Silver King, only to lose to La Legión, represented by Bobby Lashley, Electroshock and Kenzo Suzuki.[39] The storyline between La Legión and the AAA Loyalists led to a Steel cage match between team AAA (La Parka, Latin Lover, Octagón and Super Fly) and La Legión Extranjera (Electroshock, Konnan, Kenzo Suzuki and Rellik). The storyline leading into the match was that the winning team would gain control of AAA as well as the urn that supposedly contained Antonio Peña's ashes as the symbol of that control. Konnan's team won on the night, taking control of the promotion.[40] In 2009 La Parka's angle with La Legión focused mainly on Silver King, Silver King had turned on La Parka during a match in early 2009 and joined La Legión, since then the two faced off in many intense matches, often with inconclusive results. The storyline has seen both of them ripping at each other's masks, hinting at a future Luchas de Apuestas match. At Triplemania XVII La Parka, El Hijo del Santo, Vampiro, Octagón and Jack Evans defeated La Legión (Silver King, Chessman, Electroshock, Kenzo Suzuki and Teddy Hart in a match where team AAA won back the storyline control of AAA.[41] At Verano de Escandalo (2009) La Parka was pinned by Silver King as La Parka, Marco Corleone and Octagón lost to Los Wagnermaniacos (Silver King, Electroshock and Último Gladiador).[42]

Feuding with L.A. Park (2010)[edit]

During the 2010 Rey de Reyes the original La Parka, L.A. Park, returned to AAA 13 years after he left on bad terms to work a storyline feud against the "impostor" La Parka. L.A. Park sided with Dorian Roldan in his feud with his father Joaquin Roldan (president of AAA) while La Parka sided with Joaquin.[43] During an AAA show on March 19, 2010 L.A. Park attacked La Parka once again and threw him through a table.[44] At a later show the two had another brawl, after which La Parka challenged L.A. Park to a match at Triplemania XVIII, under any stipulation the original Parka wanted.[45] During AAA's television taping on April 30, 2010 L.A. Park accepted La Parka's challenge for a match at Triplemania XVIII.[46] At an AAA press conference on May 12, 2010 it was announced that the match between the two would be for the rights to the name "La Parka".[47] The two signed the official contract for the match during a television taping on May 19, 2010. After signing the contract Dorian Roldan had the police arrest La Parka for piracy by impersonating La Parka. He was released just in time to run in during the semi-main event to attack L.A. Park.[48] At Triplemania XVIII L.A. Park faced La Parka in the main event of the show. Near the end of the match Park used a tombstone piledriver, a move that is illegal in Lucha Libre. Joaquin Roldan entered the ring, when L.A. Park attempted to use a steel chair on La Parka. When L.A. Park teased using the chair on Joaquin instead, Dorian entered the ring to protest, but was pushed down by Park, who then hit Joaquin with the chair, which caused Dorian to turn on him, hitting him with a steel chair three times. Halloween and Damián 666 from the Perros del Mal wrestling promotion run to the ring to chase Dorian Roldan away. Then they drag L.A. Park on top of La Parka before rudo referee Hijo del Tirantes counts for three to give L.A. Park the victory. After the bell rings the rest of Los Perros del Mal (including Park's son Hijo de L.A. Park) came to the ring to celebrate with L.A. Park, who had won the rights to the name "La Parka". After a couple of minutes a group of AAA wrestlers led by Octagón came to ringside and in combination with the arena security managed to remove Los Perros del Mal from the ring. La Parka was taken from the ring on a stretcher, not having moved since L.A. Park applied the piledriver. A bit later it was announced that the match results had been thrown out due to interference by Los Perros del Mal, but the following morning it was confirmed that Tapia had indeed won and would now be known as "La Parka" once again and that AAA's La Parka would have to change his name.[49][50] However, on June 10 AAA announced that it would respect Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission's decision to throw out the match and as a result both La Parka and L.A. Park would keep their names.[51] On July 4 La Parka defeated L.A. Park in a rematch.[52]

El Inframundo (2010–2011)[edit]

In October 2010, Parka's friend Cibernético turned on him and AAA, after feeling betrayed by them when they didn't trust his claim about not joining La Sociedad, and re-formed his old group Los Bizarros with Amadeus, Billy el Malo, Charly Manson, Escoria, Nygma and Taboo.[53][54] Parka and Cibernético then started a heated rivalry, during which it was implied that Cibernético had hospitalized Parka's three-year-old son.[55] In May 2011, Parka formed El Inframundo ("The Underworld") with Dark Cuervo, Dark Espíritu, Dark Ozz and Drago to battle Los Bizarros.[56] On June 18 at Triplemanía XIX, Parka, Ozz, Drago and Octagón were defeated by Cibernético, Billy el Malo, Charly Manson and Escoria, when Cibernético pinned Parka following a distraction from Taboo, who appeared at the top of the ramp with his son. After the match it was revealed that Taboo was in fact Parka's brother.[57][58] Parka would finally get his hands on Taboo on July 31 at Verano de Escándalo in an eight-man tag team match between the two groups, which El Inframundo lost, when Parka was disqualified for excessive violence on his brother.[59]

La Sociedad and feud with La Parka Negra (2011–2014)[edit]

On October 9, 2011, at Héroes Inmortales, Octagón shocked AAA by turning on the promotion by attacking Dr. Wagner Jr. after his match with El Hijo del Perro Aguayo. La Parka entered the ring to seemingly confront his longtime partner, but then also attacked Wagner along with Octagón, Aguayo, Konan Big and Silver King, joining La Sociedad.[60] At the first post-Héroes Inmortales television tapings on October 21, Parka blamed his turn on AAA for bringing back L.A. Park after his 15 years of loyal service, and the promotion's fans for choosing to root for both Park and Cibernético over him during his past two rivalries.[61] On December 1, Parka and Park put their past differences aside, when they teamed together for the first time, defeating Dr. Wagner Jr. and Electroshock in a tag team main event.[62] On March 18, 2012, at Rey de Reyes, La Parka, Dark Dragon and Tito Santana were defeated by Cibernético, Billy el Malo and Escoria in what was billed as the final chapter in the rivalry between Parka and Cibernético. After the match, Octagón turned on Parka, attacking him with Dragon and Santana, which led to Los Bizarros returning to the ring and chasing them away.[63] After initially trying to save his alliance with La Sociedad, La Parka officially turned tecnico and rejoined AAA on April 30.[64]

On August 5 at Triplemanía XX, La Parka teamed with Los Psycho Circus in an eight-man tag team match, where they defeated Octagón and El Consejo, with Parka pinning Octagón for the win. Afterwards, Octagón was attacked by El Consejo, which led to Parka making the save for his former partner.[65] On October 7, 2012, at Héroes Inmortales, La Parka and Octagón made peace with each other, officially ending the short-lived rivalry between the two.[66] On December 2 at Guerra de Titanes, La Sociedad debuted La Parka's new storyline nemesis, La Parka Negra. In the following match, La Parka, Octagón and Octagón Jr. defeated La Parka Negra, the also debuting Pentagón Jr. and Silver King.[67][68] On October 18, 2013, at Héroes Inmortales VII, La Parka won the 2013 Copa Antonio Peña.[69] On March 16, 2014, at Rey de Reyes, La Parka defeated Black Warrior, El Hijo del Perro Aguayo and El Zorro to win his fifth Rey de Reyes tournament.[70]

Later career (2014–2019)[edit]

La Parka in 2019

La Parka continued to make appearances for AAA until his injury in 2019. In 2018 Parka debuted for AAA's partner Impact Wrestling. Parka appeared on the October 4 edition of Impact!, which was taped September 14 at the Frontón México Entertainment Center in Mexico City, answering Eli Drake's open challenge and subsequently picking up the count-out victory.[71][72]

Other media[edit]

La Parka has appeared in the video game Lucha Libre AAA: Héroes del Ring.[73]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2019 La Parka introduced "Karis La Momia Jr."; presented as a son who decided to follow in La Parka's footsteps and become a professional wrestler.[74]

La Parka's brother "Taboo," also a wrester, died on September 11, 2020.[75]

Injury and death[edit]

During a Kaoz show on October 21, 2019, La Parka dove out of the ring to the floor, missed his opponent Rush, and hit the steel barrier and concrete floor head first.[76] The impact paralyzed La Parka, and he was immediately taken to Monterrey's OCA hospital. While in the hospital, he did start to regain feeling to his extremities.[76] Early the next morning, he underwent surgery for his neck and cervical fractures as well as to relieve pressure to parts of his upper body.[77][78] It was reported that not only did the injury threaten La Parka's career, but could have been fatal.[78] The following day a fake press release was circulated stating that La Parka had died, which was identified as false by AAA hours later.[79] However, Huerta died on January 11, 2020, as a result of the injuries he suffered during the match.[1]

Legacy and tributes[edit]

La Parka was regarded as one of Lucha Libre's biggest stars, with Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter describing him as being "a key part of the AAA presentation."[80] On January 29, 2020, La Parka (Escoboza) was posthumously inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class.[81]

Following Parka's death, numerous wrestlers and wrestling promotions sent their condolences, including Parka's long-time storyline enemy L.A. Park and AAA's rival promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. On January 19, 2020, Deportivo Toluca F.C. paid tribute to Parka during their first Clausura 2020 home game.[82]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Karis la Momia (mask) Halcón Dorado Jr. (mask) Acapulco, Guerrero Triplemanía IV-C July 15, 1996 [Note 3][13]
La Parka Jr. (mask) The Panther (hair) Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Live event January 30, 2000 [89]
La Parka Jr. (mask) Gigante Drako (mask) Mexico City Rey de Reyes February 5, 2000 [90]
La Parka Jr. (mask) El Hijo del Espectro (mask) Tijuana, Baja California Live event April 20, 2001 [90]
La Parka Jr. (mask) Akuma (mask) Tijuana, Baja California Live event August 10, 2001 [90]
La Parka (mask) Cibernético (mask) Naucalpan, Mexico State Triplemanía XII June 20, 2004 [26]
La Parka (mask) La Bestia (mask) Reynosa, Tamaulipas Live event August 31, 2004 [90]
La Parka (mask) El Angel (hair) Reynosa, Tamaulipas Live event August 30, 2005 [90]
La Parka (mask) Destroyer II (mask) Reynosa, Tamaulipas Live event October 25, 2005 [90]
La Parka (mask) Muerte Cibernetica (mask) Naucalpan, Mexico State Triplemanía XIV June 18, 2006 [32]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The GPCW title was promoted by AAA after Gran Prix Championship Wrestling closed
  2. ^ a b c This Mexican National Championship is sanctioned by the Comision de Box y Lucha D.F. but promoted by AAA
  3. ^ Steel cage match featuring Los Junior Atomicós vs. Karis and Los Payasos.

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