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John Tenta Jr.

John Anthony Tenta, Jr. was a Canadian sumōtori and professional wrestler best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation as Earthquake. After a promising start to his sumo career, using the nameKototenzan, Tenta switched to professional wrestling and became a high-profile star for the WWF, feuding with Hulk Hogan and winning the WWF Tag Team Championship with partner, and personal friend, Typhoon. His professional wrestling career also encompassed runs in World Championship Wrestling, where he was known as Avalanche and The Shark, All Japan Pro Wrestling and a return to WWF as Golga. Tenta died in 2006 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Tenta retired from wrestling in 2004 after it was revealed that he had developed bladder cancer and was told he was given a 20% chance to live, assuming he continued with his chemotherapy treatments. During his November 18, 2005 interview on WrestleCrap Radio, Tenta announced that a recent radiation dosage did not go as planned, and had no effect on the tumor. He also announced that multiple tumors had spread to his lungs. The first public notice of Tenta's death was posted on WWE.com on June 7, 2006. On the June 9, 2006, edition of SmackDown, and the June 12, 2006, edition of Raw, WWE showed a bumper that read "RIP 'Earthquake' John Tenta" before each show began. Other media John Tenta's professional wrestling career garnered him appearances in several video games. In 1991, Tenta as Earthquake was portrayed as a feature character in Technos' popular arcade video game WWF WrestleFest. He was also included in the 1992 home video game WWF Super WrestleMania by LJN for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (he wasn't in the Sega Genesis version). In 2004, the Japanese video game developer Spike released King of Colosseum II, a puroresu-wrestling game for PlayStation 2 that featured Tenta as a playable character; it was a Japan-only release. On April 14, 2009, Tenta was announced as downloadable content for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 which was released April 16, 2009. On February 23, 2016, he along with Typhoon appeared as downloadable content for WWE 2K16. He also appeared in WWE 2K17 as well as WWE 2K18 along with Typhoon.


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Born:
Jun 22, 1963 In Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
42
First Appeared:
In the movie WWE Survivor Series 1989 1989-11-23
Latest Project:
Movie WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 2 2014-11-03
Known For
Poster of WWE Royal Rumble 1999
Poster of WWE Rock Bottom: In Your House
Poster of WWE SummerSlam 1998
Poster of WWE The Main Event III
Filmography
Movie WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 2 Golga 2014-11-03
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1999 Golga 1999-01-25
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1998 Golga 1998-08-30
Movie WWE Rock Bottom: In Your House Golga 1998-12-13
Movie WCW The Great American Bash 1996 Himself 1996-06-16
Movie WAR Ryogoku Crush Night Unknown 1996-12-13
Movie WCW Bash at The Beach 1996 Himself 1996-07-06
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXX Avalanche 1995-01-25
Movie WCW Uncensored 1995 Avalanche 1995-03-19
Movie WCW SuperBrawl V Avalanche 1995-02-19
Movie WCW World War 3 1995 Shark 1995-11-26
Movie WCW Fall Brawl 1995 The Shark 1995-09-17
Movie WWE WrestleMania X Earthquake 1994-03-20
Movie WWE March to WrestleMania X Earthquake 1994-03-13
Movie WCW Starrcade 1994 Avalanche 1994-12-27
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXIX Avalanche 1994-11-16
Series WWE Raw Golga 1993-01-11
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1993 Earthquake 1993-01-24
Movie WWE WrestleMania VIII Earthquake 1992-04-05
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1992 Earthquake 1992-01-19
Movie WWE March to WrestleMania VIII Earthquake 1992-03-29
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1992 Earthquake 1992-08-29
Movie WWE Survivor Series Showdown 1992 Earthquake 1992-11-22
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1992 Earthquake 1992-11-25
Movie WWE WrestleMania VII Earthquake 1991-03-24
Movie WWE U.K. Rampage 1991 Earthquake 1991-04-21
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1991 Earthquake 1991-01-19
Movie WWE SummerSlam Spectacular '91 Earthquake 1991-08-18
Movie WWE The Main Event V Earthquake 1991-01-28
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1991 Earthquake 1991-08-26
Movie WWE Survivor Series Showdown 1991 Earthquake 1991-11-24
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1991 Earthquake 1991-11-27
Movie WWE Battle Royal at the Albert Hall Earthquake 1991-10-03
Movie WWE WrestleMania VI Canadian Earthquake 1990-04-01
Movie WWE The Ultimate Challenge Special: The March to WrestleMania VI Earthquake 1990-03-25
Movie WWE The Main Event III Earthquake 1990-02-23
Movie WWE WrestleMania VI Canadian Earthquake 1990-04-01
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1990 Earthquake 1990-08-27
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1990 Earthquake 1990-11-22
Movie WWE Survivor Series Showdown '90 Earthquake 1990-11-18
Movie WWE SummerSlam Fever Earthquake 1990-08-19
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1989 The Canadian Earthquake 1989-11-23