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);
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..