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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 11:06 pm
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John Tenta of course and a long career, much of it overseas. We'll focus on his US career  as this is what he is best known for.

Much of his early career is spent in Japan and I believe some background as a sumo wrestler.

Mid to late 80s he is in the US and at one point won the UWA championship.

He comes into the WWF 'mainstream' spotlight as 'The Canadian Earthquake' managed by Jimmy Hart. Earthquake's heel run as a single is successful as he eventually ends up feuding with Hulk Hogan.

Earthquake doesn't win the WWF title but he does form a heel team with Typhoon known as 'The Natural Disasters' and there was a title win there.

In the mid 90s, Earthquake lands in WCW and has different names - Avalanche and The Shark.


To me , a good star and a good heel with alot left on the table. Him vs The Undertaker or King Kong Bundy has 'Wrestlemania' type potential.

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A great big man worker and a legit guy you don't want to mess with. I liked him and Dino Bravo as the top heels in the company in the summer of 1990.



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Like many wrestlers better as a heel than a face.

And also like many in the WWF could probably have been booked better.



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Also somewhat smaller and unrecognizable in the Oddities as Golga with his South Park t-shirt. No Starvin' Marvin, that's my pot pie!

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Very good heel debut in the push-up challenge squashing the Ultimate Warrior. Ended up being a solid heel against Hogan and had a good singles and tag team run in the WWF. Was never the same once he turned face and his WCW stint was just awful. As others said, he had potential to be more than what he ended up being.



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One of the better “fan out of the crowd” debuts. Loved his finisher and the “aftershocks”. He basically got pushed to the moon against Warrior and Hogan but after losing to them there was nowhere to go but down. Often forgotten is that he killed Damian before he completely sank into tag team oblivion with Typhoon.



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srossi wrote: Often forgotten is that he killed Damian before he completely sank into tag team oblivion with Typhoon.Ate him too. On Prime Time Wrestling, Earthquake cooked and ate snakeburgers. Even Vince and Alfred Hayes ate some.



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Heenan Fan wrote: srossi wrote: Often forgotten is that he killed Damian before he completely sank into tag team oblivion with Typhoon.Ate him too. On Prime Time Wrestling, Earthquake cooked and ate snakeburgers. Even Vince and Alfred Hayes ate some.

Well he killed a pair of pantyhose filled with ground beef actually.



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Heenan Fan wrote: A great big man worker and a legit guy you don't want to mess with. I liked him and Dino Bravo as the top heels in the company in the summer of 1990.
Agreed 



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Angelic Assassin wrote: Heenan Fan wrote: srossi wrote: Often forgotten is that he killed Damian before he completely sank into tag team oblivion with Typhoon.Ate him too. On Prime Time Wrestling, Earthquake cooked and ate snakeburgers. Even Vince and Alfred Hayes ate some.

Well he killed a pair of pantyhose filled with ground beef actually.
Shuuuuuuuuuush...kayfabe



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Talked about this before, but it always seemed strange that Hogan never got a clean pinfall win over Earthquake to end the feud.

Maybe part of Tenta's problem was that he looked like a bum from the neck up. He was talented, but he looked like a TV jobber, not a superstar. Really didn't have the look to appeal to a broader fanbase which was needed to be a WrestleMania main eventer.

Definitely would have been a bigger star if he had come along 10 years earlier. Big and fat wasn't as much of a draw in the 90s.

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During his WWF push, his Hogan feud seemed to be “here we go again”, as it was similar to Hogan’s programs with Big Bossman and King Kong Bundy. While a sit-down splash would probably hurt more than a regular splash, I thought it was a comical finisher. My friends and I would always make a fart sound whenever Earthquake did it.

I was also bummed that he was programmed with Hogan in the summer of 1990, when he seemed like the ideal challenger to Ultimate Warrior’s newly-won WWF title. They had a history with the push-up challenge and Bravo feud, so it seemed like a natural progression to run Warrior/Earthquake. Warrior’s run had its issues, but I think not feuding him with Earthquake was a big miss. Instead Warrior, got....Rick Rude, who had just spent months putting over Roddy Piper. Definitely made Warrior look like a second-fiddle.

Keep in mind that I was a big Warrior mark.

His WCW run seemed to be a re-hash, despite the name changes and facepaint. His face turn as plain ol’ John Tenta in 1996 was odd. He had a weird half-way haircut and did some pole matches with (I think) Kevin Sullivan.

His last significant appearance with WCW was one I liked, though: as a surprise member of Roddy Piper’s “Family”. Piper did that weird try-out segment and selected two of his friends... but at the end Tenta showed up and Piper was like: “whoa... it’s you. No need to wrestle. You’re in the club. We’re cool”.



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Erick Von Erich wrote: His last significant appearance with WCW was one I liked, though: as a surprise member of Roddy Piper’s “Family”. Piper did that weird try-out segment and selected two of his friends... but at the end Tenta showed up and Piper was like: “whoa... it’s you. No need to wrestle. You’re in the club. We’re cool”.
You might be the only person in the world who has anything popular to say about that! That segment went on for what seemed like 5 hours, and was so poorly received that they completely forgot about it and teamed Piper with the Horsemen. That whole deal was Wrestlecrap Hall of Fame.



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He was perfect for All Japan and was really fun to watch when he first started there.

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Kriss wrote: Erick Von Erich wrote: His last significant appearance with WCW was one I liked, though: as a surprise member of Roddy Piper’s “Family”. Piper did that weird try-out segment and selected two of his friends... but at the end Tenta showed up and Piper was like: “whoa... it’s you. No need to wrestle. You’re in the club. We’re cool”.
You might be the only person in the world who has anything popular to say about that! That segment went on for what seemed like 5 hours, and was so poorly received that they completely forgot about it and teamed Piper with the Horsemen. That whole deal was Wrestlecrap Hall of Fame.
Oh yeah...the segment, overall, was garbage. Tenta suddenly appearing was a good surprise, though. So that final 10% was okay with me. 90% stunk. 
It seemed like it might be a fun (or memorable) concept when Piper announced it, but the wheels fell off it, almost immediately.



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