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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 »

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(age 42) in Sanford, Florida, USA

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Known For

WCW Monday Nitro
WCW Monday Nitro John Tenta / The Shark / The Shark- The Dungeon of Doom
(1995-1997)
Saturday Night's Main Event
(1990-1991)
WWF Superstars
WWF Superstars Earthquake / Earthquake- The Natural Disasters / Earthquake - The Natural Disasters / John / The Canadian Earthquake
(1989-1994)

Filmography

Jump to: Actor | Self | Archive footage
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 1998-1999 WWE Sunday Night Heat (TV Series)
Golga
- Episode #2.8 (1999) ... Golga
- Episode #2.6 (1999) ... Golga
- Episode #2.2 (1999) ... Golga
- Episode #1.21 (1998) ... Golga
- Episode #1.14 (1998) ... Golga
 1994-1999 WWE Raw (TV Series)
Golga / Earthquake / Golga- The Oddities
- Episode #7.5 (1999) ... Golga
- Episode #7.4 (1999) ... Golga
- Episode #6.52 (1998) ... Golga
- Episode #6.49 (1998) ... Golga
- Episode #6.47 (1998) ... Golga
 1995-1997 WCW Monday Nitro (TV Series)
John Tenta / The Shark / The Shark- The Dungeon of Doom
- 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 World Championship Wrestling (TV Series)
The Shark
- Episode dated 16 March 1996 (1996) ... The Shark
 1994 Paul Bearer's Hits from the Crypt (Video)
Earthquake
 1994 Clash of the Champions XXIX (TV Movie)
Avalanche
 1989-1994 WWF Superstars (TV Series)
Earthquake / Earthquake- The Natural Disasters / Earthquake - The Natural Disasters / ...
- Episode dated 19 February 1994 (1994) ... Earthquake
- Episode dated 21 November 1992 (1992) ... Earthquake
- Episode dated 8 August 1992 (1992) ... Earthquake- The Natural Disasters
- Episode dated 21 March 1992 (1992) ... Earthquake - The Natural Disasters
- Episode dated 11 January 1992 (1992) ... Earthquake
 1994 Inside the WWF (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 Davey Boy Smith: The British Bulldog (Video)
Terremoto
 1993 WWF: Grudges, Gripes and Grunts (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 WWF: Smack 'Em Whack 'Em (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 Bashed in the USA (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 Invasion of the Bodyslammers (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 WWF 1992: The Year in Review (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 Best of Ultimate Warrior (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 Best of WWF Tag Team Champions (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 German Fan Favorites (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 Wrestling Grudge Matches (Video)
Earthquake
 1993 WWF: WrestleFest '93 (Video)
Earthquake
 1992 WWF Wrestling's Fan Favorite Matches (Video)
Earthquake
 1992 WWF: Wrestlefest '92 (Video)
Eathquake
 1992 1992 Battle of the WWF Superstars (Video)
Earthquake
 1992 Crunch Classic (Video)
Earthquake
 1991-1992 WWF Challenge (TV Series)
Earthquake
- Episode dated 15 March 1992 (1992) ... Earthquake
- Episode dated 8 March 1992 (1992) ... Earthquake
- Episode dated 14 July 1991 (1991) ... Earthquake
- Episode dated 9 June 1991 (1991) ... Earthquake
 1992 Supertape 92 (Video)
Earthquake
 1992 Best of WWF Superheroes (Video)
Earthquake
 1992 SummerSlam's Greatest Hits (Video)
Earthquake
 1991 World Tour 1991 (Video)
Earthquake
 1991 WWF Supertape Vol. 4 (Video)
Earthquake
 1990-1991 Saturday Night's Main Event (TV Series)
Earthquake
- Episode #6.4 (1991) ... Earthquake
- Episode #6.3 (1991) ... Earthquake
- Episode #6.1 (1990) ... Earthquake
- WWF Wild Kingdom (1990) ... Earthquake
- Episode #5.5 (1990) ... Earthquake
 1991 Greatest Hits (Video)
Earthquake
 1991 WWF UK Rampage '91 (TV Movie)
Earthquake
 1991 WWF Mega Matches (Video)
Earthquake
 1991 WWF Prime-Time Wrestling (TV Series)
Earthquake
- Episode dated 25 March 1991 (1991) ... Earthquake
 1990 Hulkamania Forever (Video)
Earthquake
 1990 World Wrestling Federation (TV Series)
Earthquake
- Episode dated 19 March 1990 (1990) ... Earthquake
Show Show Self (33 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (29 credits)

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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:

Attended Louisiana State University. For years he had a LSU Tigers tattoo on his arm. While he was doing the Shark gimmick, he endured a 24-hour procedure to have the Tiger turned into a shark. Soon after, he stopped doing the gimmick. See more »

Trademark:

Wrestling finisher move "The Earthquake Splash" See more »

Nickname:

Avalanche See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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