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The W - Pro Wrestling - John "Earthquake" Tenta passes away
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Since: 16.10.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.45
http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/tenta

He was 42.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.30
This is weird as Sunday I watched the Gimmick Battle Royal from WMX7 and it was cool to see him and Tugboat/Typhoon in the same ring again.

R.I.P., big guy.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.14
    Originally posted by JimBob Skeeter
    This is weird as Sunday I watched the Gimmick Battle Royal from WMX7 and it was cool to see him and Tugboat/Typhoon in the same ring again.

    R.I.P., big guy.


funny, I was just thinking about him the other day too and reminiscing on the Oddities. I was still new to the net and wrestling rumors and for some reason couldn't believe that the man I hated growing up for squishing Damian and crushing Hogan's chest was the lovable Golga.

he'll be missed.

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I remember seeing him come out of the crowd for the push-up contest between the Warrior and Dino Bravo. I had no idea this guy was a wrestler and when he attacked Warrior I was shocked. He just looked like some hillbilly slob...I had no idea he was actually a wrestler. He was very memorable and always seemed like a decent and dedicated guy off the camera. Hell, he even redid his tattoo to go along with a gimmick. That's impressive.



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Since: 18.6.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.48
This is very sad. From everything I have heard and read from Tenta and about Tenta, he seemed like a genuinley nice guy.

Last I had heard, he was doing very well, and I thought he had this cancer all but beaten. But that's the sad thing about that disease. You just never know.

RIP Earthquake.




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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
I had kept up with his battle on the wrestle crap forum and I'm truly heartbroke. But I do know that he was a man of God and is much better off now. RIP big guy. Go find Damien in animal heaven and squash him again.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.82
He wrote the forward to the Wrestlecrap book, I believe.

I enjoyed his run as the Shark in WCW.





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Since: 25.4.03
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.91

One of the better big guys ... I loved the Natural Disasters ...

RIP, John ...
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Since: 21.4.04
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.63
I always liked Tenta. I actually felt a little sad to hear he's gone. True story: I once used "John Tenta" as a pseudonym. Like, in real life, not on the Internet. The details would bore you and embarrass me, so I won't offer them.

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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.89
    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    I remember seeing him come out of the crowd for the push-up contest between the Warrior and Dino Bravo. I had no idea this guy was a wrestler and when he attacked Warrior I was shocked. He just looked like some hillbilly slob...I had no idea he was actually a wrestler. He was very memorable and always seemed like a decent and dedicated guy off the camera. Hell, he even redid his tattoo to go along with a gimmick. That's impressive.


Yep. One of the most memorable moments of my markdom. The impressive thing about it was how when Dino made the challenge, all the fans started pointing to Tenta and yelling for him to be the one to sit on Warrior's back. He looked genuinely shocked and embarrased, like "Who me? I'm just a humble fat dude" and then BOOOM. It was shocking. I've always wondered if the WWF just had confidence the fans would pick Tenta, or if that section was paid/tipped off.

R.I.P., big man.




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    Originally posted by Parts Unknown
    I've always wondered if the WWF just had confidence the fans would pick Tenta, or if that section was paid/tipped off.
I was just thinking about that this morning. If anything, they probably only needed one plant to point at him and yell "LOOKIT THIS BIG OL' DUDE, PICK HIM!", then get a shot of the rest of his section chiming in.

I remember watching that and thinking "Holy crap that dude is huge, they just HAVE to pick him!" And when they did, I was all ready to see Dino get his. Awesome stuff.



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He was on the Wrestlecrap message board and he wrote the forword in the wrestlecrap book. He was always updating on his condition and talking about his son getting autographs from guys he knew. He said one of his career highlights was being in 1990 Earthquake vs Hogan match. Gawd, he was a good loveable bigman eventhough most of his career he was the heel. He will be missed.

RIP John Tenta.



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I was watching when he took out the Ultimate Warrior, it was a very convincing, classic pro-wrestling segment, probobly one of the top 10 or 20 mark out moments of my childhood.

Cult figure online for being able to make fun of the stupid things he did (for a lot of money).

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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.82
I believe you're all looking for this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhLRyFlqzlM

(Earthquake's debut during the pushup challenge)
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Thanks.
I haven't seen that since it happened years ago.
I'd like to see the straight clip without all the editing, titles, music etc.
They missed Earthquake in the crowd, with the "Who me?" look.
This was a great way to debut a wrestler-- for the reasons posted by others above. This big old slob from the audience surprised everyone. I love it. The way Quake cowers from the Warrior at first. The Warrior's "Fear not, big man I'm here to destroy Dino Bravo" speech.
Good stuff.





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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.39
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8NtO1cP09A

There's the debut without all the gratuitous commentary.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.45
Thanks.
That's better. God bless YouTube.

Notice how Earthquake conveniently had an aisle seat when they picked him. Great commentary by Jesse and Vince.
Now both Dino Bravo and Earthquake are gone.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.89
    Originally posted by dwaters
    Thanks.
    That's better. God bless YouTube.

    Notice how Earthquake conveniently had an aisle seat when they picked him. Great commentary by Jesse and Vince.
    Now both Dino Bravo and Earthquake are gone.


That was awesome.
Jesse: "Oh, he's just a big ol' mountain boy, Vince."




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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.40
Interestingly, ESPN.com has a story up on its site (via the AP) about Tenta's death:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/news/story?id=2475805

WWE.com has quotes from Ted Dibiase, JR, Bruce Prichard and Tim White about Tenta now up as well.



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Since: 11.1.02
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#20 Posted on
I can't believe he was only 42. As a kid, I thought he was around that age when he jumped on Damien. A classy guy, who will be missed.




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Call me crazy, but I liked the guy. He had that pseudo-Ted Dibiase gimmick working. Plus he's a guy I thought the WWE would push no matter what (ala Orton, Rock) but perhaps not on THAT large a scale.
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