June 10, 2006
Tenta loses battleGrappler Earthquake succumbs to cancer
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun
After a two-year fight with bladder cancer, John Tenta died Wednesday. Tenta, 42, was best known as Earthquake, a gargantuan bad guy from B.C. who dominated the WWF during the Hulkamania boom period of the late '80s.
He was involved in some of the most memorable angles from the golden era of WWF wrestling, most notably crushing Jake Roberts' pet snake on a Superstars TV taping in 1989 and putting Hulk Hogan out of wrestling in a 1990 injury storyline that saw fans rally behind Hogan.
But behind the scenes, Tenta was known as a friendly giant -- a gentle family man who was easy to deal with and always did what was best for the business.
Tenta was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2004. He was given less than two years to live but stayed positive during extensive chemotherapy treatments, often communicating with fans via Internet message boards.
He succumbed to the disease Wednesday morning on a visit to Texas. He is survived by his wife and three children.
DOWNED DIVAS: Monday night is all right for fighting but seemingly not for the ladies of WWE.
Ring announcer Lillian Garcia was sent to hospital Monday after an accidental collision with Charlie Haas sent her flying from the ring before a match on Raw.
Garcia suffered a sprained wrist from the fall but was cleared to go back on the road the following day.
Beth Phoenix wasn't so lucky in her Monday night battle with Victoria.
Phoenix suffered a broken jaw after smashing her face into her own knee during a roll-up spot at the end of the match.
Phoenix underwent surgery but will likely be out of action until August.
AIR TIME: Big Show -- the Vampire Slayer?
It could become a reality as part of the weekly ECW TV show, which premieres next week on the Sci-Fi network in the U.S.
NBC bosses agreed to give ECW a prime-time spot on the network, despite the fact wrestling doesn't fit into the station's science fiction theme.
However, as part of the deal, WWE agreed to create several storylines which would appeal to the network's core fan base.
The first of these will be a heel group of vampire wrestlers, led by '90s WWE star Gangrel (David Heath).
Heath was signed to a new deal this week.