Super Parka

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Super Parka
OlimpicoandSuperParka.jpg
Super Parka (back turned towards the camera) against Olímpico
Birth name Ramón Ibarra Banda
Ring name(s) Rayo Norteno
Remo Banda
Super Parka
Volador
Billed height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Billed weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Born (1956-05-24) May 24, 1956 (age 58)[1]
Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, Mexico[1]
Billed from Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico[2]
Trained by Alberto Mora
Herodes
Mr. Lince
Centurión Negro
Debut May 24, 1976

Ramón Ibarra Banda (born May 24, 1956) is a Mexican Luchador, or Professional wrestler, working under the ring name Super Parka. Ibarra previously worked as Volador from 1990 until 1997 and as Super Parka ever since. Ibarra is the father of Luchador Volador, Jr. and the uncle of L.A. Park, who was the inspiration for the "Super Parka" character. Throughout his career he has worked for most of the major Mexican wrestling promotions including Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) and the World Wrestling Association (WWA) but works primarily on the Mexican and US independent circuit. While he has been unmasked in Mexico Ibarra still wears the "Super Parka" mask when wrestling in the United States.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Ibarra made his professional wrestling debut in 1976 under the ring name "Remo Banda", wrestling without a mask. Early in his career he also worked as the enmascarado "Rayo Norteno" ("Northern Lightning") but lost the mask in a Lucha de Apuesta, or bet match against El Pantera (Not The current Pantera) on July 18, 1976.[2] From then on he wrestled as Remo Banda.

Volador[edit]

In late 1990 EMLL decided that it was time for Ramón Ibarra to work as an enmascarado again as they wanted to freshen his character up after having worked as "Remo Banda" for 14 years. Initially EMLL offered Ibarra the ring character and mask of Oro, but Ibarra turned the offer down since the mask had limited visibility due to the mesh over the eyes.[1] EMLL found a young wrestler to play Oro while they created another mask and ring character for Ibarra called "Volador", the Spanish term for "Flying", inspired by the Voladores of Mexico.[1] Volador was teamed up with Ángel Azteca and together the team captured the Mexican National Tag Team Championship on March 9, 1991, when they defeated the team of Pierroth Jr. and Bestia Salvaje.[3] The team held the championship for just 81 days before losing it to Los Destructores (Tony Arce and Vulcano) on May 29, 1991.[3] Following the team loss Volador and Ángel Azteca broke up amicably, with each wrestler focusing on their own career from then on. In early 1992 Volador began teaming with a very talented young wrestler called Misterioso and together they won the Mexican National Tag Team title from Los Destructores on March 8, 1992.[3] In mid-1992 EMLL booker Antonio Peña decided to break away from EMLL and form his own promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and took a number of EMLL wrestlers with him, included in the exodous were Volador and Misterioso who took the Mexican National Tag Team Championship with them to AAA[Note 1][3] The team held the belts until August 28, 1992, where they lost them to Los Destructores as part of a rivalry that had carried over from EMLL to AAA. Volador and Misterioso regained the championship, but ultimately lost the title on February 12, 1993.[3] Following the title loss the team started a storyline that saw the two turn on each other, with Misterioso becoming a Rudo (bad guy) as he attacked Volador. The storyline between the two played out over a long period of time, cluminating in a Lucha de Apuesta match on July 15, 1995, where both men put their masks on the line. The event drew a crowd of 16,000 people to El Torero de Tijuana for a very profitable show. During the match Misterioso's cornerman Blue Panther attempted to injure Volador (in storyline terms) with a Martinete (piledriver). Misterioso came to the aid of his former friend, saving him from Blue Panther but ended up knocked out by a chair shot to the head. Out of respect for his former partner and in appreciation of what he had just done Volador dragged the unconscious Misterioso on top of himself and allowed the referee to count to three. Following the match Misteriosos pleaded with Volador not to remove the mask but Volador was a man of his word and unmasked.[1]

Super Parka[edit]

In March 1997 Ramón Ibarra donned a new ring persona and mask, that of Super Parka, a character inspired by his nephew Adolfo Tapia's very successful "La Parka" character. Going so far as to copying the mask and outfit except with an orange skeleton instead of a white and a large Superman "S" on the chest.[2][4] Initially Ibarra wrestled as unmasked as Volador in AAA and masked as Super Parka on the independent circuit. When Volador lost a Lucha de Apuesta match to Pimpinela Escarlata and had his hair shaved off he was suspended by the Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission for breaking the rules set for masked wrestlers. The suspension was not lifted until Ibarra stopped wrestling as Volador and worked as Super Parka full-time.[1] While he had worked for AAA as Volador, Super Parka did not work for AAA mainly because they themselves had created a "La Parka clone" in La Parka, Jr. to take the original's place (La Parka was wrestling full-time in the US).[2][4] In 1999 Super Parka worked for International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) in Naucalpan, Mexico State where he defeated Pirata Morgan to win the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship.[5] He held the title for 23 days, the shortes reign for any IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, before losing the belt to Scorpio, Jr.[5]

In September 1999 he introduced his son to the professional wrestling world as he helped Volador, Jr. make his debut. In 2000 Super Parka, along with Super Caló, Halloween, and Damián 666 toured Japan, wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in August and September 2000. Super Parka would later return to AJPW, teaming with La Parka. In Mexico Super Parka began to work for the Tijuana based World Wrestling Association around the turn of the millennia. On March 31, 2000, he defeated Halloween to win the WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship.[6] The reign WWA Junior Light Heavyweiht Champion lasted until April 30, 2002, where he lost to Super Kendo.[6] Super Parka regained the title only a few months later and held it until June 2004, over 700 days, until he lost the title to Super Kendo.[6]

On October 9, 2003, Super Parka was unmasked as he lost a Lucha de Apuesta match to El Hijo del Santo in the main event of a very successful WWA show in Tijuana.[2] In 2005 Super Parka had his hair shaved off when he lost to his nephew L.A. Park (forced to change his name for legal reasons) when they were the last two wrestlers left in a cage match that also included Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Perro Aguayo, Jr..[2] In 2007 Super Parka made several appearances for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL; previously known as EMLL) as a freelance wrestler, paying off the fact that L.A. Park was one of CMLL's headline wrestlers at the time. In CMLL he lost two Lucha de Apuesta matches in quick succession being shaved bald by Héctor Garza and Último Guerrero.[2] Super Parka has subsequently stopped working for CMLL, working select dates for various Mexican or US wrestling promotions. When he wrestles in the United States he wears the Super Parka mask, something that is not allowed in Mexico, while in Mexico he wears the mask to the ring, but removes it before the match to comply with the rules of Lucha Libre.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ramón Ibarra is a part of an extended family of wrestlers, including his son who wrestles as Volador, Jr. His brothers also wrestle, they're known under the ring names Johnny Ibarra and El Desalmado. His nephews are lucha libre legend L.A. Park and wrestler El Hijo de Cien Caras.[8] He's also the great-uncle of L.A. Park's son who wrestles as El Hijo de L.A. Park.[9]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de apuestas record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Pantera Rayo Norteno Monterrey, Nuevo León July 18, 1976 [2]
Hair Remo Banda Comando Ruso Mexico City, Mexico February 16, 1990 [2]
Hair Remo Banda César Curiel Mexico City, Mexico April 1, 1990 [2]
Hair Remo Banda Gran Cochisse Mexico City, Mexico May 5, 1990 [2]
Hair Javier Llanes Remo Banda Mexico City, Mexico August 5, 1990 [2]
Mask Misterioso Volador Tijuana, Baja California July 14, 1995 [1]
Hair Pimpinela Escarlata Volador Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas July 28, 1997 [Note 3][1]
Mask Super Parka Pantera Asesina Durango November, 1998 [2]
Mask Super Parka Black Higor Unknown Unknown [2]
Hair Super Parka Zapatista Unknown Unknown [2]
Hair Super Parka Gacela del Ring Unknown Unknown [2]
Mask Super Parka Black Eagle Monterrey, Nuevo León August 29, 1999 [2]
Hair Halloween Super Parka Tijuana, Baja California October 15, 1999 [Note 4][2]
Mask Super Parka Halloween Tijuana, Baja California December 24, 1999 [2]
Hair Salsero Super Parka Tijuana, Baja California July 5, 2002 [Note 5][2]
Mask Super Parka Super Kendo Tijuana, Baja California July 26, 2002 [2]
Mask El Hijo del Santo Super Parka Tijuana, Baja California October 9, 2003 [2]
Hair Super Parka El Texano Tijuana, Baja California March 25, 2005 [Note 6][2]
Hair L.A. Park Super Parka Tijuana, Baja California May 27, 2005 [Note 7][2][4]
Hair Super Parka Imagen I Reynosa, Tamaulipas October 15, 2006 [2]
Hair Héctor Garza Super Parka Monterrey, Nuevo León March 18, 2007 [2]
Hair Último Guerrero Super Parka Monterrey, Nuevo León March 18, 2007 [Note 8][2]
Hair Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. Super Parka Tijuana, Baja California December 6, 2013 [11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This was possible because EMLL technically did not own the championship, the Mexico City Wrestling and Boxing commission owned them and allowed EMLL to book the titles. the Commission gave AAA the rights to the championship in 1992.
  2. ^ During their reign as Tag Team champions Volador and Misterioso left CMLL to join AAA, taking the championship with them, Ibarra is a three time Tag Team champions.
  3. ^ Since Ibarra had already begun wrestling as the masked Super Parka in other places the Mexico City wrestling commission suspended him from wrestling in Mexico City.
  4. ^ Lucha del reves match (hair vs. hair between two masked wrestlers)
  5. ^ Super Parka put his hair on the line even though he was masked
  6. ^ Multi-man steel cage match that also included Antifaz, Rey Misterio, Satánico, Villano III and El Solar
  7. ^ Steel cage match that also included Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Perro Aguayo, Jr.
  8. ^ Ruleta de La Muerte match that also included Dr. Wagner Jr, Místico, Averno, Damián 666, Atlantis and Héctor Garza.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Volador (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). November 2007. p. 58. Tomo V. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Super Parka (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). November 2007. p. 5. Tomo V. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Tag Team Titles". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 396–397. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b c Madigan, Dan (2007). "La Parka". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizare & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 120–124. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  5. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 401. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ a b c d "2000 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 9, 2001. pp. 2–20. issue 2488. 
  7. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  8. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizare & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  9. ^ López, Gonzalo (January 31, 2010). "L.A. Park presenta a su Junior y hace fuertes declarationens". Fuego en el Ring (in Spanish). Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "2002: considerar detrás". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 19, 2003. issue 2593. 
  11. ^ "El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. rapó a Súper Parka". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). December 8, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 

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