Abyss (wrestler)

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Chris Parks
Born (1973-10-04) October 4, 1973 (age 49)
Washington, D.C.[1]
Lives inCleveland, Ohio[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Abyss
"Powerchild" Eric Justice[3][4]
Chris Mitchell
Chris Parks
Billed height6 feet 5 inches (196 cm)[2]
Billed fromParts Unknown
Trained byRoger Ruffen[1]
DebutJanuary 1995[2]

Christopher J. "Chris" Parks[1] (born 4 October 1973), better known by his ring name Abyss, is an American professional wrestler currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Career[change | change source]

Ring of Honor (2004 - 2006)[change | change source]

Abyss first appeared in Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2004, being brought in as a bodyguard to the stable Special K. Abyss appeared only once, however, due to TNA pulling all of their contracted talent from ROH.

Abyss returned in the summer of 2005, this time as a member of Prince Nana's heel stable The Embassy as they feuded with Generation Next. The feud between the Embassy and Generation Next lasted through the rest of 2005 with several matches and brawls taking place between both teams. The feud culminated in a Steel Cage Warfare match at December's Steel Cage Warfare where Abyss teamed with Alex Shelley, Jimmy Rave and Prince Nana to take on Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, Jack Evans and Matt Sydal. Abyss was eliminated by Jack Evans after a moonsault. In the end, Generation Next won the match and the war.

In January 2006, Abyss teamed with fellow Embassy members Jimmy Rave and Alex Shelley to compete in the Trios Tournament. The Embassy won the tournament, which meant that all three of its winning members earned world title shots. However, Abyss left ROH before he could use the privilege.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003 - present)[change | change source]

Before Chris Parks was known as "Abyss", he was on TNA's first show as "Justice". He took part in the Gauntlet For The Gold match to determine a new NWA World Heavyweight Championship|NWA World Heavyweight Champion but lost the match.

Parks returned to TNA as "The Monster Abyss" in June 2003, starting out as a bad guy and attacking Jeff Hardy, although the feud was short lived as Hardy did not appear to their first match, resulting in a suspension. Afterwards, Parks was brought in as a bodyguard to Kid Kash. They continued to be allies until October, when Kash berated Abyss for losing a match and Abyss turned on and attacked Kash. Abyss gained a victory over Kash, but then lost a First Blood Steel Chair on a Pole match to his former partner. Soon after the loss the feud between the two ended.

Soon after, Abyss aligned himself with Don Callis. With this new alliance, Abyss soon feuded with Raven. The feud lasted for the rest of 2003, with the final match pitting Abyss and the Red Shirt Security (Kevin Northcutt and Legend) against Raven and The Gathering in a Steel Cage match. Abyss and his team came out victorious when the Gathering turned on Raven.

Going into 2004, Abyss entered his first major feud with A.J. Styles. On one show, Abyss was forced to team with Styles in a NWA World Tag Team Championship match against champions Red Shirt Security. Styles and Abyss won the titles, even when Abyss abandoned Styles near the beginning of the match. Abyss defeated Styles in a normal match the following show, and on the next gained control of the titles, defeating Styles in a Four Corners Tables match (Abyss was later stripped of the titles). The following show, both men fought to a no-contest in a Falls Count Anywhere match. The next show, Abyss defeated Styles again, this time in a Ladder match to become the top contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Abyss lost the right to Raven in a match that also involved Styles and Ron Killings.

About a month after the feud with Styles, Abyss received a new manager, Goldy Locks. She used Abyss to defeat her ex-boyfriend Erik Watts to win his contract. She kept using Abyss to win contracts for her, while also adding Alex Shelley to her group to assist. However, Goldylocks pampered Shelley and treated Abyss poorly. Watts returned for revenge, with Abyss, Shelley, and Goldylocks taking on Watts, Sonny Siaki, and Desire in a Six Person Mixed Tag Team match. During the match, Abyss turned on his team, attacking Goldylocks, and leaving the match and her for good.

Not long after separating from Goldylocks, Abyss began to feud with Monty Brown and Raven. The feud escalated into the first ever Monster's Ball match at TNA's first monthly pay per view, Victory Road. At Victory Road, Brown won the unique match when he pinned Raven. Abyss and Brown continued to feud until they met in a Serengeti Survival match at Turning Point, when Brown again came out victorious. Abyss also happened to take part in an incident at Universal Studios between TNA and World Wrestling Entertainment.[source?]

Abyss fought in a Gauntlet For The Gold match at Hard Justice.Abyss won the match and gave himself a spot into the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary, pitting him against NWA World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles, Monty Brown, Raven, and Sean Waltman with the NWA title on the line. Abyss lost to Raven. Abyss got a title match in a Steel Chain Dog Collar match at No Surrender. In the end, Raven pinned Abyss to retain the title.Abyss got another title match at Lockdown in a Six Sides of Steel match against Christian Cage. Christian won but Abyss took the title belt. He would not give it back unless he got another title shot. He did and he lost. Abyss got one more title shot in the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary. The match also including NWA World Champion Christian Cage, Ron Killings, Jeff Jarrett, and Sting. At the event, Jarrett won the match.

Abyss was in the Fight for the Right Tournament. Abyss won the tournament and the right to face NWA World Champion Sting at Genesis for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Abyss faced Sting at the event, and defeated Sting by disqualification. TNA rules say the title can change hands on a disqualification which made Abyss Champion. He lost the title to Christian Cage in a match also involving Sting. On the February 14 edition of iMPACT!, Abyss was supposed to face Scott Steiner but left the ring before the match but before leaving through the tunnel, Abyss, without showing his face, took off his mask. Abyss returned to action at Slammiversary 2008 after the X Division Championship match wearing a new gray and black mask and smashed D-von and won the Television Championship[source?]

In wrestling[change | change source]

As Abyss[change | change source]

Finishing and signature moves
  • Black Hole Slam (180°, 270°, or a 360° spinning side slam)
  • Shock Treatment (Backbreaker rack drop)
  • Superbomb - Independent circuit
  • Chokeslam
  • Twisting chinlock sleeper hold
  • Sidewalk slam
  • Running corner body splash
  • Military press dropped into a flapjack
  • Overhead belly to belly suplex
  • Spear
  • Big boot
  • Running hip attack to the head of an opponent seated against the bottom turnbuckle

Signature foreign objects
  • Steel chain
  • Thumbtacks
  • Broken glass shards

As Prince Justice[change | change source]

  • Death Penalty (Chokebomb pin)
  • Royal Decree (Sidewalk slam)

Managers[change | change source]

  • Jeff G. Bailey
  • Wes Bitterman
  • Spookshow
  • Don Callis
  • Sin D
  • Brandon Prophet
  • Johnny Diamond
  • Sterling James Keenan
  • Goldy Locks
  • The Informer
  • James Mitchell
  • Prince Nana
  • Mike Rosario
  • Scotty C
  • Terry "Moonshine" Mathis
  • "Lone Wolf" Bobby Blade
  • "The Boss" JR Douglas

Nicknames[change | change source]

  • The Monster - as Abyss
  • The Weapon of Mass Destruction - as Abyss
  • The Power Child - as Eric Justice

Theme music[change | change source]

  • "Down in the Catacombs" by Dale Oliver
  • Unidentified new theme[5]

Championships and accomplishments[change | change source]

  • 1 Pro Wrestling
    • 1PW World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Border City Wrestling
    • BCW Can-Am Heavyweight Championship (|1 time, current)
  • Buckeye Pro Wrestling
    • BPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • International Wrestling Association
    • IWA Hardcore Championship (3 times)
    • IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • IWA World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Miguel Pérez, Jr. (2) and Shane the Glamour Boy (1)
  • Mountain Wrestling Association
    • MWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Cyberspace
    • NWA Cyberspace Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Midwest
    • NWA Iowa Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Northern Wrestling Federation
    • NWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Ring of Honor
    • Trios Tournament winner (2006) – with Alex Shelley and Jimmy Rave
  • Universal Wrestling Alliance
    • UWA Heavyweight Champion (1 Time)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Profile at OWW". Archived from the original on 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Statistics for Professional wrestlers". 2007 Wrestling Almanac and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 38. 2007 Edition.
  3. "NEWSBOARD - Prime Time Wrestling (5/23) Brick, NJ - Matches Announced". Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  4. "1WRESTLING.COM - NEWSLINE - PRO WRESTLING'S DAILY NEWS SOURCE". Archived from the original on 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  5. YouTube video

Other websites[change | change source]