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John Tenta (1963–2006)

Deceased Canadian Sumo turned professional wrestler best known for his work for WWE from 1989 to 1993. He went undefeated as a Sumo wrestler but left the sport out of frustration with the lifestyle and knowing he would never get elevated to Yokozuna (Grand Champion) status. He trained in All Japan Pro Wrestling and debuted for the promotion in ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 42) in Sanford, Florida, USA

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Known For

Summerslam
Summerslam Earthquake
(1990)
WrestleMania VIII
WrestleMania VIII Earthquake
(1992)
Summerslam
Summerslam Earthquake
(1992)

Filmography

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 1995-1997 WCW Monday Nitro (TV Series)
The Shark / John Tenta
- Episode #2.26 (1997) ... John Tenta
- Episode #2.25 (1997) ... John Tenta
- Episode #1.52 (1996) ... John Tenta
- Episode #1.42 (1996) ... John Tenta
- Episode #1.40 (1996) ... John Tenta
 1996 WCW Bash at the Beach (TV Movie)
John Tenta
 1996 WCW SuperBrawl VI (TV Movie)
The Shark
 1995 WCW World War 3 (TV Movie)
The Shark
 1995/I Clash of the Champions (TV Movie)
Avalanche
 1994 Clash of the Champions XXIX (TV Movie)
Avalanche
 1991 WWF UK Rampage '91 (TV Movie)
Earthquake
 1991 WWF Mega Matches (Video)
Earthquake
 1991 Royal Rumble (Video)
Earthquake
 1990 Hulkamania Forever (Video)
Earthquake
 1990 Summerslam (Video)
Earthquake
 1990 Royal Rumble (Video)
Earthquake
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Shark Attack | The Canadian Earthquake | Golga | Kototenzan | Big John Tenta

Height:

6' 6" (1.98 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Disowning his Shark gimmick] "I'm not a shark, I'm not a fish, I'm not an avalanche. I am a man! John Tenta! A 500 lbs. man!"

Trivia:

He was never pinned on PPV as Earthquake. In fact, he was only ever pinned twice on PPV in his entire career. Sting and Randy Savage defeated Avalanche and Big Bubba at "WCW SuperBrawl V" when Sting pinned Avalanche. The Headbangers (Mosh (Chaz Warrington) and Thrasher (Glenn Ruth)) defeated the Oddities (Golga and Kurrgan) at "WWF Rock Bottom" when Mosh pinned Golga after Golga had missed his ... See more »

Trademark:

Wrestling finisher move "The Earthquake Splash" See more »

Nickname:

Canadian Earthquake See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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