August 17, 2004
Tenta faces another cancer hurdle
'Earthquake' John Tenta has revealed that he is facing yet another type of cancer, this time in his lungs.
"Well 'Crappers i know you've been waiting for an update so here it is. The silence was due to the fact I was moving into our new residence a couple weeks ago. Well, I don't know how to say this other than I've NEVER been kicked in the balls as hard as I was last Wednesday. Thinking I was licking this thing I met with my chemo doctor ready to 'Quake the cancer. Well..... I now have a new tumor in my left lung, and two lymph nodes are enlarged in my heart. I go in for chemo tomorrow for a 4-day session.(The beginning of many) I've been given 13-18 months to live. I'm not giving up, and hope to of course live longer, but that is what I've been told, and that it is incurable. I don't really know what else to say, it really caught me off guard. I'll try keep you posted, but no guarantees folks.
Tenta was a successful amateur wrestler and football player at Louisiana State University before turning to sumo wrestling in Japan. Known as Kototenzan (Heavenly Mountain Harp), he found that he didn't fit in there and began training as a pro wrestler.
A native of Surrey, British Columbia, he would work occasionally during the last days of Al Tomko's All-Star Wrestling before making a serious splash as Earthquake in the WWF. His feud with Hulk Hogan culminated in a SummerSlam main event in 1990.
He later had a successful run as a tag team partner of Typhoon (Fred Ottman) in the Natural Disasters before jumping to WCW as The Shark and The Avalanche. He would return to the WWF in 1998 under a mask as Golga as a part of the Oddities.
For the last number of years, Tenta has lived in Florida and worked the occasional independent show.
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