Known for movies

Short Info

DiedJune 7, 2006, Sanford, Florida, United States
MarkWrestling finisher move "The Earthquake Splash"
FactAs Avalanche, he was billed from "Mt. Everest, WA." As the Shark, he was billed from "Tsunami," later changed to "The Great Barrier Reef." While the Great Barrier Reef does exist, obviously nobody lives there.

John Tenta was born on October 22, 1963, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His parents were Japanese immigrants who had moved to Canada in the 1950s. Tenta had two older sisters and a younger brother. He was raised in a working-class neighborhood and attended a local Catholic school.

Tenta showed an interest in wrestling from a young age and began training when he was just 13 years old. He quickly began to make a name for himself in the Canadian wrestling scene. In 1982, he won the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Championship.

Tenta’s professional wrestling career began in 1984. He wrestled under a variety of names, including “The Canadian Earthquake” and “The Shark.” He quickly gained popularity due to his size and strength. He wrestled for several different promotions, including the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

In the early 1990s, Tenta began to focus on his acting career. He appeared in several movies and television shows, including “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” and “Baywatch.” He also had a successful career as a voice actor, lending his voice to characters in several animated series, including “Biker Mice from Mars” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

Tenta passed away on June 4, 2006, at the age of 42. His cause of death was bladder cancer.

At the time of his death, Tenta had a net worth of $3 million.

General Info

Full NameJohn Tenta
DiedJune 7, 2006, Sanford, Florida, United States
Height2.01 m
Weight212 kg
ProfessionProfessional Wrestler, Rikishi
EducationLouisiana State University


TV ShowsWCW Monday Nitro, Saturday Night's Main Event

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#Marks / Signs
1As Golga, he always came to the ring with a stuffed Eric Cartman (from South Park) doll.
2Wrestling finisher move "The Earthquake Splash"


1[Disowning his Shark gimmick] "I'm not a shark, I'm not a fish, I'm not an avalanche. I am a man! John Tenta! A 500 lbs. man!"


1As Avalanche, he was billed from "Mt. Everest, WA." As the Shark, he was billed from "Tsunami," later changed to "The Great Barrier Reef." While the Great Barrier Reef does exist, obviously nobody lives there.
2While he usually used the running sit-down splash as his finisher, as the Shark he used a clothesline called the Shark Attack and, as himself in 1996 WCW, he used a powerslam.
3Started his own short-lived promotion and wrestling school in Sanford, Florida called Intense Florida Wrestling.
4The Shark's entrance music bore a distinct resemblance to the theme music from Jaws (1975).
5While not as impressive as the Undertaker (Mark Calaway)'s WrestleMania streak, he had one of his own. Earthquake defeated Hercules (Ray Hernandez) at "WrestleMania VI." Earthquake defeated Greg Valentine at "WrestleMania VII." The Natural Disasters defeated Money Inc. by countout at "WrestleMania VIII." Earthquake defeated Adam Bomb (Bryan E. Clark II) at "WrestleMania X." His only WrestleMania loss came in the Gimmick Battle Royal at "WrestleMania X-7," where he was the fourth wrestler eliminated (he eliminated Tugboat before Kamala (Jim Harris) eliminated him.).
6Made a good enough impression in the Gimmick Battle Royal to get a tryout match at the end of the year. He defeated Tank Meloche, one of his students, in a dark match before a TV taping at the TD Waterhouse Center in Orlando, FL on December 22, 2001. However, it did not lead to Quake getting a job with WWE.
7Did a shoot interview with R.D. Reynolds, the webmaster of, where he talked about his past gimmicks and angles. This led to a friendship which led to Tenta getting his own section on the site's message boards where he would answer fans' questions.
8He was never pinned on PPV as Earthquake. In fact, he was only ever pinned twice on PPV in his entire career. Sting and Randy Savage defeated Avalanche and Big Bubba at "WCW SuperBrawl V" when Sting pinned Avalanche. The Headbangers (Mosh (Chaz Warrington) and Thrasher (Glenn Ruth)) defeated the Oddities (Golga and Kurrgan) at "WWF Rock Bottom" when Mosh pinned Golga after Golga had missed his running sit-down splash.
9Attended Louisiana State University. For years he had a LSU Tigers tattoo on his arm. While he was doing the Shark gimmick, he endured a 24-hour procedure to have the Tiger turned into a shark. Soon after, he stopped doing the gimmick.
10Won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Achievement Award for "First Runners-Up Tag Team of the Year 1992". (with Typhoon)
11Won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Achievement Award for "Third Runner-Up Match of the Year 1990". (Royal Rumble)
12Won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Achievement Award for "Second Runner-Up Match of the Year 1990". (vs. Hulk Hogan)
13Won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Achievement Award for "First Runner-Up Feud of the Year 1990". (vs. Hulk Hogan)
14Won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Achievement Award for "Most Hated Wrestler of 1990".
15Was selected as a member of Team Piper at Uncensored '97, but didn't compete when the Four Horsemen replaced the entire team except Piper.
16Stomped Jake Roberts' snake Damien in 1991.



All Japan Pro Wrestling 2002 Real World Tag League Gaora TV Special2002TV MovieBig John Tenta
WCW Monday Nitro1995-1997TV SeriesThe Shark / John Tenta
WCW Bash at the Beach1996TV MovieJohn Tenta
WCW World Championship Wrestling1996TV SeriesThe Shark
WCW SuperBrawl VI1996TV MovieThe Shark
WCW World War 31995TV MovieThe Shark
Clash of the Champions1995/ITV MovieAvalanche
Clash of the Champions XXIX1994TV MovieAvalanche
WWF Superstars1989-1994TV SeriesEarthquake Earthquake - The Natural Disasters The Canadian Earthquake ...
WWF: Smack 'Em Whack 'Em1993VideoEarthquake
WWF Challenge1991-1992TV SeriesEarthquake
Saturday Night's Main Event1990-1991TV SeriesEarthquake
WWF UK Rampage '911991TV MovieEarthquake
WWF Prime-Time Wrestling1991TV SeriesEarthquake
Royal Rumble1991VideoEarthquake
World Wrestling Federation1990TV SeriesEarthquake
Royal Rumble1990VideoEarthquake
No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie1989TV MovieEarthquake


WrestleMania X-Seven2001TV SpecialEarthquake
Beyond the Mat1999DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
WWE Sunday Night Heat1998-1999TV SeriesGolga
WWE Raw1994-1999TV SeriesGolga Earthquake Golga- The Oddities
WWF Royal Rumble: No Chance in Hell1999TV SpecialGolga
WWF Rock Bottom: In Your House1998TV SpecialGolga
Summerslam1998TV SpecialGolga- The Oddities
WCW The Great American Bash1996TV SpecialJohn Tenta
WCW Fall Brawl: War Games1995TV SpecialThe Shark- The Dungeon Of Doom
Clash of the Champions1995/IITV SpecialThe Shark
WCW Uncensored1995TV SpecialAvalanche
WCW SuperBrawl V1995TV SpecialAvalanche
Starrcade1994TV SpecialAvalanche
Halloween Havoc1994TV SpecialAvalanche
WrestleMania X1994TV SpecialEarthquake
Royal Rumble1993TV SpecialEarthquake
Survivor Series1992TV SpecialEarthquake
Summerslam1992TV SpecialEarthquake
WrestleMania VIII1992TV SpecialEarthquake
Royal Rumble1992TV SpecialEarthquake- The Natural Disasters
Survivor Series1991TV SpecialEarthquake (Natural Disasters)
WWF Battle Royal at the Albert Hall1991TV SpecialEarthquake
Summerslam1991TV SpecialEarthquake
WrestleMania VII1991TV SpecialEarthquake
Survivor Series1990TV SpecialEarthquake (The Natural Disasters)
WrestleMania VI1990TV SpecialEarthquake
Survivor Series1989TV SpecialThe Canadian Earthquake - The King's Court

Archive Footage

WWE Royal Rumble2016TV SpecialEarthquake
WWE Hall of Fame2015TV SpecialEarthquake
True Giants2014Earthquake
Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story2014Video documentaryAvalanche
WWE: The Best of WarGames2013VideoThe Shark
Attitude Era2012VideoGolga
The Big Show: A Giant's World2011VideoThe Shark
WWE: Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan2010VideoEarthquake
Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series2009VideoEarthquake
WWE Summerslam: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 32009Golga
WWE: Greatest Stars of the '90s2009VideoEarthquake Golga
WWE: Summerslam - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 12009Earthquake
The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event2009VideoEarthquake
Starrcade: The Essential Collection2009Avalanche
The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect2008VideoEarthquake
WWE Vintage Collection2008TV SeriesEarthquake
WWE Royal Rumble: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 32008VideoGolga
WWE: Royal Rumble - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 12007VideoEarthquake
Psychopathic: The Videos2007VideoGolga (segment "Real underground baby") (uncredited)
Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology2006VideoEarthquake
The World's Greatest Wrestling Managers2006VideoEarthquake
Jake 'The Snake' Roberts: Pick Your Poison2005VideoEarthquake
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 22005VideoEarthquake
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 42005VideoEarthquake
WWF Sable Unleashed1998Video documentaryGolga
WWF Supertape Vol. 31991VideoEarthquake

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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