MLW Anthology: Chapter 1
May 16, 2020
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Description: MLW Anthology premieres with a special spotlight on one of Mexico’s most iconic luchadores: the legendary LA Park. Originally known as La Parka, LA Park has been one of the cornerstones of Major League Wrestling since its inception in 2002. From technical classics to heavy-hitting wars, LA Park’s storied career in the league is second to none.
AJ Kirsch: For nearly 20 years, Major League Wrestling has showcased some of the greatest athletes, legends, and classic title fights in our sport. Now, MLW looks back at some of those great moments, fighters, and fights in this special anthology series. In our first edition, we spotlight the career of a man who’s been with MLW since its inception. Originally known as LA Parka, which loosely translates to the reaper. Today, he’s a feared legend. He is La Authentica Park, The Original Park, better known as LA Park.
Originally rising to prominence in his homeland of Mexico, as one of the premiere luchadores for AAA, the heavy hitting dancing skeleton would become a force in Mexico’s grandest promotion. The iconic luchador would be a key figure in AAA’s growth both in Mexico and beyond. Winning three world championships, La Park would become one of the most recognized and successful luchadors of the past 25 years. In 2002, MLW would invite LA Park to join the new wrestling organization as it launched, and brought the very best of each style in the sport, promoting true hybrid wrestling style.
As one of the worlds best, Park would look to showcase his versatility as a heavy hitting, high flying brawler at MLW’s first ever event at the historic ECW Arena, where he battled Jerry Lynn in what fans considered a dream match. While Park’s initial MLW effort against Jerry Lynn was considered a must see encounter, a violently rivalry awaited LA Park, as he would have a new enemy in Sabu. We’ll see that match tonight. But before we see that classic carnage, this MLW Anthology kicks off with Park clashing with a man who was 1,000% Guapo, 2002’s biggest attraction in Mexico, he is Shocker. Let’s go back to September 2002 at the historic Manhattan Center featuring the original voice of MLW, Joey Styles, as he calls the action.
First Match: LA Parka vs. Shocker – MLW Reload – Manhattan Center – New York, New York
Parka sucker punches Shocker. Parka delivers a crotch chop. Shocker applies a waist lock. Shocker with a front heel trip. Shocker applies a front face lock. Parka transitions into a wrist lock. Shocker pops back on his feet. Arm-Drag TakeOver Exchange. Leg Sweep Exchange. Double nip up. That leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Parka denies The Hip Toss. Quick shoving contest. Shocker front kicks Parka out of the ring. Shocker is playing mind games with Parka. Parka avoids The Baseball Slide Dropkick. Parka with a running boot. Parka slaps Shocker in the chest. Parka kicks the left hamstring of Shocker. Parka is mauling Shocker in the corner. Shocker avoids The ShotGun Dropkick. Parka sends Shocker face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Shocker drop toe holds Parka into the middle turnbuckle pad. Parka with a Big Boot. Parka follows that with a shoulder tackle.
Parka plays to the crowd. Shocker with a Back Body Drop. Shocker leapfrogs over Parka. Shocker with a monkey flip. Parka kicks Shocker in the chest. Parka with an overhand chop. Shocker answers with an overhand chop over the top rope. Shocker with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Shocker with a forearm smash. Shocker with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Shocker argues with the referee. Shocker drops Parka with The Big Boot. Parka with a single leg takedown for a two count. Parka with a Spinning Heel Kick. Parka hits The Corkscrew Plancha. Parka rolls Shocker back into the ring. Parka with the cover for a two count. Parka bodyslams Shocker. Parka drags Shocker to the corner. Parka lands The Swanton Bomb for a two count. Parka grabs the steel chair. Shocker wisely dropkicks the chair into Parka’s face. Shocker with a running clothesline. Parka heads to the outside. Shocker goes for The Suicide Dive, but Parka counters with a Massive Chair Shot.
Shocker gets back in the ring at the count of nine. Parka with a Side Russian Leg Sweep for a two count. Parka goes for a Flying Splash, but Shocker gets his feet up in the air. Shocker hooks the leg for a two count. Shocker connects with The Michinoku Driver. Shocker follows that with Three Senton Splashes for a two count. Parka dropkicks Shocker in mid-air for a two count. Parka delivers The Missile Dropkick for a two count. Shocker has Parka perched on the top turnbuckle. Shocker with The SuperPlex for a two count. Shocker unloads three knife edge chops. Shocker with a corner clothesline. Shocker with a Running Bulldog for a two count. Shocker with The La Magistral for a two count. Shocker whips Parka across the ring. Shocker with a diving shoulder block. Shocker with a double leg takedown. Shocker hits The Bronco Buster. Shocker goes for another Bronco Buster, but Parka gets his feet up in the air. Parka launches Shocker across the ring. Parka plants Shocker with The Corkscrew Body Press to pickup the victory.
Winner: LA Parka via Pinfall
– Chapter 2 of the MLW Anthology Series will showcase the one and only, Mance Warner.
Second Match: LA Parka vs. Sabu w/Bill Alfonso – December 2002 – War Memorial Auditorium – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Parka throws a chair at Sabu before the bell rings. Parka is playing mind games with Sabu. Sabu talks strategy with Alfonso. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sabu with a single leg takedown. Sabu applies a leg lock. Parka transitions into a Cross-Arm-Breaker. Sabu reaches the bottom rope which forces the break. Parka gives Sabu the crotch chop. Parka with a waist lock takedown. Chain grappling exchange. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Parka is distracted by Alfonso. Sabu with a waist lock takedown. Sabu applies The Camel Clutch. Parka reverses the hold. Sabu escapes the hold. Parka blasts Sabu with a knife edge chop. Sabu reverses out of the irish whip from Parka. Sabu with a SpringBoard Side Kick. Sabu follows that with a SlingShot Leg Drop for a two count.
Sabu goes back to the camel clutch. Sabu kicks Parka in the face. Sabu scores the elbow knockdown. Sabu goes for a sunset flip, but Parka counters with a basement dropkick for a two count. Parka is throwing haymakers at Sabu. Parka puts Sabu on the top turnbuckle. Parka with Two OverHand Chops. Parka and Sabu are trading back and forth shots. Sabu sends Parka to the ring apron. Parka denies The Tornado DDT. Parka clotheslines Sabu back inside the ring. Parka goes for a SlingShot Senton, but Sabu ducks out of the way. Sabu hits The Leaping Tornado DDT for a two count. Sabu applies the camel clutch. Parka avoids The SlingBlade. Parka drops Sabu with a Spinning Heel Kick. The action spills to the outside. Parka launches Sabu into the crowd.
Parka blasts Sabu with a steel chair. Parka sends Sabu chest first into the steel guard rail. Parka with a Flying Crossbody Block over the barricade. Parka slams Sabu’s head on the steel ring steps. Parka with clubbing blows to Sabu’s back. Parka delivers another chair shot. Sabu sends Parka crashing through the table on the floor. Sabu stabs Parka with scissors. Sabu throws Parka into a row of chairs. Sabu with a Running SpringBoard Plancha into the crowd. Parka is busted open. Sabu kicks Parka in the ribs. Sabu with the cover for a two count. Sabu is throwing haymakers at Parka. Sabu continues to maim Parka with the scissors. Parka with a Step Up Enzuigiri for a two count. Parka gets Sabu tied in the tree of woe. Parka puts Sabu a chair in front of Sabu’s face.
Parka with a Sliding Corner Dropkick for a two count. Parka kicks Sabu in the back. Parka is regaining momentum. Parka HeadButts Sabu. Parka with a blistering chop. Sabu sends Park shoulder first into the steel ring post. Sabu with a SlingShot Plancha to the outside. Sabu with a straight right hand. Sabu puts Parka through another table with a SpringBoard Leg Drop. Sabu applies The Camel Clutch. Sabu stomps on Parka’s fingers. Sabu bodyslams Parka. Sabu goes for a Flying Splash, but Parka gets his feet up in the air. Parka hooks the leg for a two count. Parka bodyslams Sabu. Sabu gets Parka crotched on the top turnbuckle. Sabu with two haymakers. Sabu hits The FrankenSteiner for a two count. Sabu connects with The Arabian FaceBuster for a two count. Sabu plants Parka with The Triple Jump MoonSault to pickup the victory.
Winner: Sabu via Pinfall
– The show closes with members of the MLW Roster giving their thoughts on the recent hostile takeover from CONTRA and other pertinent issues across the MLW Landscape.
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