As we learned on last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling, that honor will go to someone who I didn’t immediately think of as being synonymous with TNA history, but then as soon as I heard the name I went, “Oh, yeah. Of Course.”
The video doesn’t shy away from the wild history Chris Parks has lived since joining TNA after starting his career working indies like NWA Wildside and wrestling in Puerto Rico for for Dutch Mantell. He debuted on TNA’s first-ever show, back when they were a weekly pay-per-view (PPV) in 2002, as Justice. Parks was back a year later in his most famous gimmick, under a mask as the monster Abyss.
Though he’s been involved in countless matches and numerous programs with talent associated with WWE - AJ Styles, Mick Foley, R-Truth, Christian, Jeff Hardy and others - Parks never made the jump himself. It was after his involvement with the Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff Immortal storyline in 2012 that he debuted another gimmick, that of his own kayfabe brother, a lawyer named Joseph Park. When Park saw his own blood, Abyss would appear... pro wrestling, everybody! Kayfabe cheesiness notwithstanding, it’s a fun character that allowed Parks to show a different side of himself.
He’s floated back and forth between personas since the main Joseph Park angle with Eric Young ended in 2014. Parks is also reportedly a member of Impact’s current creative team under Scott D’Amore and Don Callis.
Much like his going on two decade long run with TNA/Impact, Abyss may not be the most exciting name, but there’s little arguing he’s worthy of a spot in the promotion’s Hall of Fame. He’ll be inducted on Sat., Oct. 13 in New York when Impact is in the Big Apple for their Bound for Glory PPV.
I’m absolutely over whelmed with the response to my upcoming @IMPACTWRESTLING Hall of Fame induction. Thank you ALL for your messages. This is one of the highlights of my career. I’m over come with emotion. Thank you to everyone who ever supported me. This is for all of YOU!!— Abyss (@TherealAbyss) September 21, 2018
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