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06-07-2006, 11:38 AM
And yet another one passes away ..... kind of expected

John "Earthquake" Tenta Passes Away
Posted by Larry Csonka on 06.07.2006

Thanks for the memories.

According to WWE.com, John "Earthquake" Tenta passed away this morning at the age of 42 after a lengthy battle with bladder cancer. Tenta is survived by his wife and three kids.

We at 411mania would like to offer our condolences to the Tenta family during this difficult time.

06-07-2006, 11:50 AM
Ah man, another wrestler going way too young. Earthquake was never the most healthy looking guy, and I didn't know he was battling cancer. RIP Quake.

06-07-2006, 12:10 PM

06-07-2006, 01:03 PM
<i>Posted by Larry Csonka</i>

That can't be who the name implies it is can it?

If so dayum how he's fallen.

06-07-2006, 01:13 PM
<i>Posted by Larry Csonka</i>

That can't be who the name implies it is can it?

If so dayum how he's fallen.

Nah. Larry's doing quite well.

big nasty kcnut
06-07-2006, 02:03 PM
this sick rip tenta.

06-07-2006, 03:43 PM
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06-07-2006, 03:48 PM
Eddie Guerrero - 2005

Moondog Spot - Oct 2003

Crash Holly - Oct 2003

Road Warrior Hawk - Oct 2003

Miss Elizabeth

Naoto Morishita

The Sheik

Ox Anderson

Curt Hennig

Michiaki Yoshimura

Tony Altimore

Sailor Art Thomas

Kodo Fuyuki

Bruiser Brian Cox

Les Kellet

Ray Mendoza

Babs Wingo

Jackie Nichols

Kurt Von Poppenheim

Fred Blassie


Jack Curran

Danny Johnson

Mickey Gold

Tug Wilson

Giant Ochiai

Marva Scott

Great Antonio

Pitbull #2

Frank Zela

Stu Hart

Floyd Creatchman

Mitsu Hirai

Dick Hutton

Joey Rossi

Ted Pretty -2002, 40, heart attack

Davey Boy Smith 1963-2002 39, heart trouble

Lou Thesz 1916-2002 86, natural causes

Wahoo McDaniel 1938-2002 64, renal failure and diabetes

Maniac Mike Davis 1956-2001 45, heart attack

"Gentleman" Chris Adams 1955-2001 46, murdered

Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy 1961-2001 40, heart trouble

Yokosuna 1965-2000 34, heart attack

Bobby Duncam Jr. 1966-2000 34, pain killer complications

Owen Hart 1965-1999 33, wrestling accident

Rick Rude 1958-1999 41, heart attack

The Renegade 1966-1999 33, suicide

Giant Baba 1938-1999 61, cancer

Bobo Brazil ?-1998 heart trouble

Junkyard Dog 1953-1998 45, auto accident

Fritz Von Erich 1929-1997 68, cancer

Stan Staziak 1937-1997 60, heart failure

Gorilla Monsoon 1918-1997 79, natural causes

Brian Pillman 1962-1997 35, heart attack

Dick Murdoch 1947-1996 49, heart attack

Ray Stevens 1936-1996 60, heart attack

Jerry "Crusher" Blackwell 1950-1995 44, pneumonia

Big John Studd 1948-1995 47, liver cancer

Eddie "Hotstuff" Gilbert 1962-1995 33, heart attack

Andre the Giant 1949-1993 44, heart attack

Kerry Von Erich 1960-1993 33, suicide

Dino Bravo 1949-1993 44, murdered

Uncle Elmer 1931-1992 61, kidney failure

Buddy Rogers 1921-1992 71, stroke

Buzz Sawyer 1960-1992 32, overdose

Chris Von Erich 1971-1991 20, suicide

Haystacks Calhoun 1933-1989 56, diabetes

Adrian Adonis 1964-1988 24, auto accident

Bruiser Brody 1946-1988 42, murdered

Mike Von Erich 1964-1987 23, suicide

Gino Hernandez 1957-1986 29, overdose

David Von Erich 1959-1984 25, overdose

Abdullah Farouk 1929-1983 54, heart attack

Adept Havelock
06-07-2006, 04:25 PM
And another bad actor shuffles off this mortal coil.

RIP John Tenta

Ultra Peanut
06-07-2006, 11:59 PM
Oh my God, no.

I just mentioned Tenta to someone two days ago.

'Hamas' Jenkins
06-08-2006, 12:12 AM
Earthquake's highlight was definitely his feud with Hogan. Fairly agile big man actually.