[John Tenta Gallery]
Wrestler: John Tenta
Real Name: John Tenta
Birthday: June 22, 1963
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Marital Status: Married 17 years (Same woman!)
Height & Weight: 6'7" - 462 lbs (prime)
Trained by: Giant Baba
Jumbo Tsuruta
Great Kabuki
Road Warriors
Terry Gordy
Dory Funk
Debut: 1987
Previous Gimmicks: Kototenzan (Heavenly Mountain)
Canadian Earthquake (WWF)
Earthquake (WWF)
Avalanche (WCW)
Shark (WCW)
John Tenta (WCW)
Golga (WWF)
Finishing Move: Earthquake Squash
Favorite Moves: Elbow Drop
Occassional Dropkick
Notable Feuds: Ultimate Warrior
Hulk Hogan
Jake Roberts
Macho Man
Big Bubba Rogers

  • WWF Tag Team titles w/Typhoon ();
  • UWA (Canada) World Heavyweight title ();
  • SWS Tag Team titles ();

  • In The Beginning
  • John Tenta attended Louisiana State University before going to Japan to take up the sport of Sumo Wrestling..
  • John Tenta signed a big contract with All Japan Pro Wrestling which was run by the legendary Giant Baba..

    World Wrestling Federation
  • Tenta debuted when Dino Bravo pulled the "large" man out of the audience to sit on his back while he did push-ups..
  • ~~~"Big John" then sat on Ultimate Warrior's back, but SQUASHED HIM like a bug!
  • ~~~"Big John" was then given the name "The Canadian Earthquake", but the Canadian part was eventually dropped..
  • Earthquake & Dino Bravo teamed up for the next several months against men like Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan..
  • January 28, 1991 - The Main Event V: Hulk Hogan & Tugboat defeated The Canadian Earthquake & Dino Bravo..

    The Natural Disasters
  • Earthquake formed a tag team with Typhoon (aka Tugboat, who had turned on Hogan) known as The Natural Disasters..
  • August 26, 1991 - Summerslam: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch)..
  • October 3, 1991 - Royal Albert Hall: Earthquake defeated The Big Bossman..
  • January 19, 1992 - Royal Rumble: The Natural Disasters defeated The Legion of Doom (Tag Champs) by COUNT OUT..
  • April 5, 1992 - Wrestlemania 8: The Natural Disasters defeated Money Inc. (Tag Champs) by COUNT OUT..
  • July 20, 1992: The Natural Disasters defeated Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & IRS) to win the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • August 29, 1992 - Summerslam: The Natural Disasters defeated The Beverly Brothers to retain..
  • October 13, 1992: Money Inc. defeated The Natural Disasters to win back the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • November 24, 1992 - Survivor Series: The Nasty Boys & The Natural Disasters beat Money Inc. & The Beverly Brothers..

    World Championship Wrestling - 1994 - Avalanche!!
  • John Tenta jumped ship to WCW, where he was known as "Avalanche" and aligned himself with Kevin Sullivan & The Butcher..
  • November 16, 1994 - Clash: Hulk Hogan & Sting & Dave Sullivan beat Kevin Sullivan & The Butcher & The Avalanche..
  • December 27, 1994 - Starrcade: Sting defeated Avalanche by Disqualification..
  • January 25, 1995 - Clash: Sting defeated Avalanche by Scorpion Deathlock Submission..
  • February 19, 1995 - Superbrawl V: Randy Savage & Sting defeated "Big" Bubba Rogers & Avalanche..
  • March 19, 1995 - Uncensored: Randy Savage defeated Avalanche by Disqualification..

    World Championship Wrestling - 1995 - Shark Attack!!
  • John Tenta was transformed into "The Shark" and joined the Dungeon of Doom..
  • September 17, 1995 - Fall Brawl: Hogan/Savage/Sting/Luger defeated Shark/Zodiac/Kamala/Meng in a War Games match!
  • October 9, 1995 - Nitro: Sting defeated The Shark..
  • October 30, 1995 - Nitro: Scott Norton vs The Shark ended to a Double Countout..
  • November 23, 1995 - Nitro: Scott Norton defeated The Shark..
  • November 26, 1995 - World War III: The Shark participated in the 60-MAN 3-ring battle royal..
  • May 27, 1996 - Nitro: The Giant defeated The Shark to retain the World Heavyweight title..
  • May 19, 1996 - Slamboree: The American Males (Marcus Bagwell & Scotty Riggs) defeated The Shark & Maxx Muscle..

    World Championship Wrestling - John Tenta
  • John Tenta had a revelation and started wrestling under his real name, John Tenta..
  • John Tenta was attacked by "Big" Bubba Rogers, who shaved off half of Tenta's hair and beard!
  • June 3, 1996 - Nitro: John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers by Count-Out..
  • June 16, 1996 - Great American Bash: John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers..
  • June 17, 1996 - Nitro: John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers..
  • July 1, 1996 - Nitro: The Giant defeated John Tenta to retain the World Heavyweight title..
  • July 7, 1996 - Bash at the Beach: John Tenta beat Big Bubba in a Carson City Silver Dollar Match..
  • September 9, 1996 - Nitro: John Tenta defeated Randy Savage by Count-Out..

    World Wrestling Federation - Human Oddities
  • John Tenta returned to the WWF, under a leather mask, using the name "Golga" in the Human Oddities..
  • John Tenta ran a wrestling school out of Sanford, Florida and promoted occasional cards in the area..

    John Tenta vs Cancer
  • May 2004: John Tenta revealed on the Wrestlecrap forum that he has advanced bladder cancer and will be starting chemotherapy..
  • August 17, 2004: John Tenta announced on the WrestleCrap Forum that he was given 13-to-18 months to live WITHOUT treatment..
  • ~~~He has a new tumor in his left lung. 2 lymph nodes are enlarged in his heart & he's undergoing 4 chemotherapy sessions a day..
  • November 2005: John Tenta was told the tumor in his hip didn't react to chemo-therapy and has actually grown larger..
  • ~~~He also has four large tumors on his lungs. His doctor has told him that the chances of long term survival are 10% to 20%...
  • June 7, 2006: John "Earthquake" Tenta passed away after a lengthy battle with bladder cancer at the age of 42...