John Tenta

[John Tenta GALLERY]

Check out the Earthquake’s WWE Alumni profile here!

Title History

  • UWA (Vancouver) World Heavyweight title defeating Timothy Flowers (September 1987);
  • UWA (Vancouver) Canadian Heavyweight title defeating J.R Bundy (November 28, 1987);
  • UWA (Vancouver) World Heavyweight title defeating Richie Magnet (1988);
  • SWS (Japan) Tag Team titles w/Typhoon defeating Shunji Takano and George Takano (April 17, 1992);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Typhoon defeating Irwin R. Schyster and Ted DiBiase (July 20, 1992);

 Career Highlights

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 and Dino Bravo teamed up for the next several months against men like Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan.
  • January 28, 1991 – The Main Event V: Hulk Hogan and Tugboat defeated The Canadian Earthquake and Dino Bravo.

World Wrestling Federation – 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 and Typhoon) defeated The Bushwhackers (Luke and 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 and 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 and The Natural Disasters beat Money Inc. and The Beverly Brothers.

World Wrestling Federation – Earthquake

  • January 24, 1993 – Royal Rumble: Earthquake entered the royal rumble at #23 and was eliminated by Yokozuna.
  • January 31, 1994 – RAW: Earthquake defeated Corey Student.
  • February 28, 1994 – RAW: Earthquake defeated Black Phantom.
  • March 20, 1994 – WrestleMania 10: Earthquake defeated Adam Bomb.
  • April 4, 1994 – RAW: Earthquake defeated Adam Bomb in a rematch.
  • April 18, 1994 – RAW: Earthquake defeated Mike Bell.
  • May 14, 1994 – Superstars: Earthquake defeated A.C. Connor (D-Lo Brown).
  • May 16, 1994 – RAW: Earthquake defeated Yokozuna in a Sumo match.

World Championship Wrestling – 1994 – Avalanche!!

  • John Tenta jumped ship to WCW, where he was known as “Avalanche” and aligned himself with Kevin Sullivan and The Butcher.
  • November 16, 1994 – Clash: Hulk Hogan and Sting and Dave Sullivan beat Kevin Sullivan and The Butcher and 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 and Sting defeated “Big” Bubba Rogers and Avalanche.
  • March 19, 1995 – Uncensored: Randy Savage defeated Avalanche by DQ.

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 and Scotty Riggs) defeated The Shark and 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.
  • June 11, 1998 – Shotgun Saturday Night: Golga and Kurrgan defeated two unknown jobbers.
  • June 25, 1998 – Shotgun Saturday Night: The Headbangers defeated Golga and Kurrgan.
  • September 27, 1998 – HEAT: Golga defeated Headbanger Mosh.
  • October 17, 1998 – Shotgun Saturday Night: Too Much defeated Golga and Kurrgan.
  • October 18, 1998 – HEAT: The Oddities defeated Los Boriquas in a 6 man tag team match.
  • October 24, 1998 – Shotgun Saturday Night: Golga and Kurrgan and Giant Silva beat Steve Boz and Mike Anthony and Kevin Quinn.
  • October 25, 1998 – HEAT: “Double J” Jeff Jarrett defeated Golga.
  • November 1, 1998 – HEAT: The Brood (Edge and Christian and Gangrel) defeated The Oddities (Golga and Kurrgan and Giant Silva).
  • December 12, 1998 – Shotgun Saturday Night: Golga and Kurrgan and Giant Silva beat Lance Diamond and Steve Corino and Jimmy Cicero.
  • December 13, 1998 – Rock Bottom: The Headbangers defeated Kurrgan and Golga.
  • December 27, 1998 – HEAT: Headbanger Mosh defeated Golga by Disqualification.
  • January 23, 1999 – Shotgun Saturday Night: Skull and 8-Ball beat Golga and Kurrgan and Too Much in a 3-WAY Elimination match.
  • February 20, 1999 – Shotgun Saturday Night: Skull and 8-Ball and Too Much defeated Golga and Kurrgan and Giant Silva.
  • February 21, 1999 – HEAT: Too Much and The Disciples Of Apocalypes defeated The Oddities in a 8 man tag team match.


  • John Tenta ran a wrestling school out of Sanford, Florida and promoted occasional cards in the area.
  • April 1, 2001 – WrestleMania X-Seven: Earthquake competed in a gimmick battle royal which was won by The Iron Sheik.

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 and 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..