57. John Tenta “Earthquake”

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57.  John Tenta “Earthquake”

Often when you look the large men in wrestling you assume that they got into to Professional Wrestling just because when you are that big, it “makes sense” to do that.  In the case of John Tenta, the big man was actually in wrestling all of his life.

Tenta was an amateur wrestler in college (LSU) and he took the skills he had to Japan and learned the art of Sumo Wrestling.  Although he was good, the sport wasn’t for him, and he followed the next logical path into the pro ranks.  He did well in the All Japan promotion, but athletic big men don’t fall from trees and these were the type of wrestlers that Vince loved to feed to Hulk Hogan.  Now billed as “Earthquake”, he had a long feud with the Hulkster and when that run ended, his athleticism and solid work rate allowed him to stay as a viable member of the roster for years after.

John Tenta would follow his friend (Hogan) to WCW and join a roster of wrestlers (the Dungeon of Doom) whose sole purpose was to end Hulkamania.  He was never used well there but was always a steady worker.  His final forgettable run as Golga in the WWF is best forgotten, so we will just remember his time as “Earthquake”; one of the better big men of the business


Should John Tenta "Earthquake" be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 1%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: John Tenta (Real Name)
    Earthquake
    Avalanche
    Shark
    Golga
  • Billed From: Vancouver, Canada
  • Key Championships Held: NWA Canadian Heavyweight (Vancouver)
    WWF World Tag Team w/Typhoon
  • Why they will get in: He was well liked and his best matches took place under the WWE umbrella
  • Why they won't get in: Other than a run with Hulk Hogan, he was rarely at the top.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Debuts in the WWF helping Dino Bravo to attack the Ultimate Warrior (11/11/89)
    2.  Loses by DQ to Hulk Hogan in the Co-Main Event at Summer Slam (8/27/90)
    3.  Long chase finally ends as he and Typhoon wins the WWF World Tag Team Title (7/20/92)
    4.  Loses to Sting by DQ in his highest profile singles match in WCW(12/27/94)
    5.  Under his real name Beats Big Bubba Rogers in last major win in WCW (7/7/96)

Should John Tenta "Earthquake" be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 1%

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0 #1 Aaron Lopez 2022-05-15 05:14
No reason why not, even if you want to induct The Natural Disasters together I think that would be fine
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