Tom Zenk

[Tom Zenk GALLERY]

Title History

  • NWA Pacific Northwest tag team titles w/ Scott Doring defeating Moondog Moretti and Mike Miller (December 14, 1985);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest heavyweight title defeating Bobby Jaggers (January 21, 1986);
  • IWA (Montreal) International tag team titles w/ Dan Kroffat defeating Danny Johnson and Bill Irwin (August 12, 1986);
  • NWA United States tag team titles w/ Brian Pillman defeating Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes [Tournament] (February 12, 1990);
  • NWA World Television title defeating Arn Anderson (December 4, 1990);
  • WCW World 6-man tag team titles w/ Dustin Rhodes and Big Josh defeating The Freebirds (August 5, 1991);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

Pacific Northwest (Portland):

  • Tom Zenk formed a tag team with Scott Doring and captured the Pacific Northwest tag team titles.
  • January 21, 1986 – Superstar Extravaganza: Tom Zenk defeated Bobby Jaggers to win the Pacific Northwest heavyweight title.

Wrestling in Montreal:

  • Tom Zenk formed a tag team with Dan Kroffat and captured the International tag team titles.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • Tom Zenk (American) formed a tag team with Rick Martel (Canadian), known as The Can-Am Connection.
  • November 15, 1986 – Superstars: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Moondog Spot and Steve Lombardi.
  • November 23, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Barry O and The Gladiator.
  • December 13, 1986 – Superstars: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe and Jimmy Jack Funk.
  • January 18, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Terry Gibbs and The Gladiator.
  • January 24, 1987 – Superstars: Bob Orton and The Magnificent Muraco vs. The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) ended in a double DQ.
  • February 8, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe and Steve Lombardi.
  • February 14, 1987 – Superstars: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated The Gladiator and Tiger Chung Lee.
  • February 28, 1987 – Superstars: Lanny Poffo & The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel & Tom Zenk) defeated Adrian Adonis & The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine).
  • March 8, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Jimmy Jack Funk and The Gladiator.
  • March 22, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe and Terry Gibbs.
  • March 28, 1987 – Superstars: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Johnny K-9 and Steve Lombardi.
  • March 29, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Bob Orton and Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji.
  • April 18, 1987 – Superstars: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Barry O and Dusty Wolfe.
  • April 26, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe and Steve Lombardi.
  • May 2, 1987 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff.
  • May 2, 1987 – Superstars: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Dusty Wolfe and Rocky Stone.
  • May 3, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Kamala and Sika.
  • May 30, 1987 – Superstars: The Islanders (Haku and Tama) defeated The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) by count-out.
  • June 20, 1987 – Superstars: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Dave Wagner and Rick Renslow.
  • June 28, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Jimmy Jack Funk and Terry Gibbs.
  • July 11, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated Dusty Wolfe and Terry Gibbs.
  • July 19, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) defeated The Shadows (Shadow #1 and Shadow #2).
  • Tom Zenk left the WWF after a contract dispute, leaving Rick Martel without a partner in his feud with the Hart Foundation.

World Championship Wrestling – Z-Man:

  • Tom Zenk signed with World Championship Wrestling where he was often known as Z-Man.
  • September 12, 1989 – The Clash: Tom Zenk defeated The Cuban Assassin (David Sierra) with the Sleeperhold.

World Championship Wrestling – Tom Zenk and Brian Pillman:

  • Tom Zenk formed a tag team with Brian Pillman with a lot of success in the tag team division.
  • February 6, 1990 – The Clash: Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk defeated The MOD Squad (Spike and Basher).
  • February 12, 1990: Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk defeated The Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin).
  • ~~~This was the finals of a tournament to win the vacant NWA United States tag team titles.
  • May 19, 1990: The Midnight Express (Eaton/Lane) defeated Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk to win the United States tag team titles.

World Championship Wrestling – Tom Zenk:

  • June 13, 1990 – The Clash: Tom Zenk and Mike Rotunda defeated The SST (Fatu and Samoan Savage).
  • July 7, 1990 – Great American Bash: Big Van Vader defeated Tom Zenk.
  • September 5, 1990 – The Clash: “The Lariat” Stan Hansen defeated Tom Zenk.
  • November 20, 1990 – The Clash: Tom Zenk defeated Brian Lee.
  • December 4, 1990: Tom Zenk defeated Arn Anderson to capture the NWA World Television title.
  • December 16, 1990 – Starrcade: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton defeated Tom Zenk (Non-title match).
  • January 5, 1991 – Worldwide: WCW TV champion The Z-Man defeated Tim Hughes to retain the title.
  • January 30, 1991 – The Clash: Tom Zenk defeated Bobby Eaton to retain the NWA World Television title.
  • February 2, 1991 – Worldwide: Arn Anderson defeated Tom Zenk to recapture the NWA World Television title.
  • March 21, 1991 – NJPW Starrcade: Kuniaki Kobayashi, Shiro Koshinaka and Takayuki Iizuka defeated Brian Pillman, Tim Horner and Z-Man.
  • June 14, 1991 – The Clash: The Young Pistols (Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers) and The Z-Man defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Badstreet, Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes).
  • July 14, 1991 – Great American Bash: The Diamond Stud (aka Scott Hall) defeated Tom Zenk.
  • September 5, 1991 – The Clash: “Stunning” Steve Austin defeated Tom Zenk to retain the Television title.
  • October 27, 1991 – Halloween Havoc: The Halloween Phantom (Rick Rude) defeated “The Z-Man” Tom Zenk.
  • November 19, 1991 – The Clash: Tom Zenk defeated The Diamond Stud (aka Scott Hall).
  • December 29, 1991 – Starrcade: Lex Luger and Arn Anderson defeated Tom Zenk and Terrance Taylor (Lethal Lottery).
  • January 11, 1992 – Saturday Night: Abdullah The Butcher and Cactus Jack defeated Flyin’ Brian and The Z-Man in a dark match.
  • February 15, 1992 – Saturday Night: Marcus Alexander Bagwell and The Z-Man defeated Greg Sawyer and Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker.
  • February 29, 1992 – Superbrawl: Van Hammer and Tom Zenk defeated Vinnie Vegas (Kevin Nash) and Ricky Morton.
  • April 4, 1992 – Saturday Night: WCW TV champion Steve Austin defeated The Z-Man in a best 2 out of 3 falls match to retain the title.
  • April 18, 1992 – Saturday Night: Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Z-Man defeated Randy Starr and Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker.
  • May 17, 1992 – WrestleWar: WCW world light heavyweight champion Flyin’ Brian defeated The Z-Man to retain the title.
  • June 16, 1992 – The Clash: Rick Rude and Steve Austin defeated Marcus Bagwell and Tom Zenk in the 1st round.
  • June 20, 1992 – Saturday Night: Greg Valentine defeated The Z-Man.
  • June 20, 1992 – Beach Blast: Big Josh, The Junkyard Dog & The Z-Man defeated Diamond Dallas Page, Richard Morton & Tracy Smothers in a dark match.
  • June 27, 1992 – Saturday Night: Richard Morton, Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker and Tracy Smothers defeated Flyin’ Brian, Johnny B. Badd and The Z-Man by DQ.
  • July 11, 1992 – Saturday Night: Dick Slater and Greg Valentine defeated Flyin’ Brian and The Z-Man.
  • August 22, 1992 – Worldwide: The Z-Man defeated Tracy Smothers.
  • October 3, 1992 – Worldwide: Marcus Alexander Bagwell and The Z-Man defeated George South and Mark Canterbury.
  • October 25, 1992 – Halloween Havoc: Johnny Gunn, Shane Douglas and The Z-Man defeated Arn Anderson, Beautiful Bobby and Michael Hayes.
  • November 21, 1992 – Worldwide: Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man defeated Bob Cook and Joe Cruz.
  • December 26, 1992 – Saturday Night: Barry Windham and Flyin’ Brian defeated Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man.
  • January 2, 1993 – Saturday Night: Cactus Jack and The Barbarian defeated The Z-Man and Johnny Gunn.
  • January 9, 1993 – Saturday Night: Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man defeated Mike Thor and Chic Donovan.
  • January 13, 1993 – The Clash: The Wrecking Crew (Rage and Fury) defeated Johnny Gunn and Tom Zenk.
  • January 16, 1993 – Worldwide: The Hollywood Blondes (Flyin’ Brian and Stunning Steve) defeated Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man.
  • January 23, 1993 – Saturday Night: Big Van Vader and Paul Orndorff defeated Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man.
  • January 30, 1993 – Saturday Night: Chris Benoit defeated The Z-Man.
  • January 30, 1993 – Worldwide: Paul Orndorff defeated The Z-Man.
  • February 6, 1993 – Saturday Night: Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man defeated Shanghai Pierce and Tex Slazenger.
  • February 13, 1993 – Saturday Night: Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man defeated Ali Aja and Bob Cook.
  • February 20, 1993 – Saturday Night: The Wrecking Crew defeated The Z-Man and Johnny Gunn.
  • February 21, 1993 – Main Event: Cactus Jack defeated The Z-Man in the 1st round.
  • February 27, 1993 – Saturday Night: The Hollywood Blondes (Flyin’ Brian and Stunning Steve) defeated Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man.
  • March 13, 1993 – Worldwide: Big Sky and Vinnie Vegas defeated The Z-Man and Johnny Gunn.
  • April 10, 1993 – Saturday Night: Chris Benoit and Bobby Eaton defeated The Z-Man and Johnny Gunn.
  • May 1, 1993 – Saturday Night: Scott Norton defeated The Z-Man.
  • May 23, 1993 – Slamboree: Steve Austin and Brian Pillman defeated Dos Hombres (Ricky Steamboat and Tom Zenk).
  • ~~~Tom Zenk was a last minute replacement for Brad Armstrong, who was originally a replacement for Shane Douglas.
  • July 24, 1993 – Saturday Night: 2 Cold Scorpio, Johnny B. Badd and The Z-Man defeated Big Sky, Lord Steven Regal and Maxx Payne.
  • July 31, 1993 – Saturday Night: Awesome Kong and King Kong defeated The Z-Man and Johnny Gunn.
  • March 12, 1994 – Saturday Night: The Z-Man defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker.
  • March 26, 1994 – Saturday Night: Bunkhouse Buck defeated The Z-Man.