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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 »


(age 42) in Sanford, Florida, USA

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Summerslam Earthquake
WrestleMania VIII
WrestleMania VIII Earthquake
Summerslam Earthquake


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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)
 1994 Clash of the Champions XXIX (TV Movie)
 1991 WWF UK Rampage '91 (TV Movie)
 1991 WWF Mega Matches (Video)
 1991 Royal Rumble (Video)
 1990 Hulkamania Forever (Video)
 1990 Summerslam (Video)
 1990 Royal Rumble (Video)
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Alternate Names:

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


6' 6" (1.98 m)

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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!"


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 »


Wrestling finisher move "The Earthquake Splash" See more »


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