The Kobe Sumo Shoot (April 1, 1991)

There seems to be some confusion about exactly WHEN Earthquake (John Tenta) had his “shoot” with Koji Kitao in Japan. Some sources – even JJ Dillon in his book Wrestlers are Like Seagulls – claim that it occurred in the Toyko Dome on March 30; it didn’t. While Tenta and Kitao did have a match, it was perfectly fine, and […]

Road Warriors Profile

Hawk Born: January 26, 1957 (Michael Hegstrand) | Died: October 19, 2003 Billed Hometown: Chicago, IL | Billed Weight: 270 lbs Animal Born: September 12, 1960 (Joe Laurinaitis) | Died: September 22, 2020Billed Hometown: Chicago, IL | Billed Weight: 305 lbs Michael Hegstrand (Hawk) and Joe Laurinaitis (Animal) were childhood friends with a passion for weight-lifting. They became bouncers at […]

Luna Vachon Profile

Born: January 12, 1962 | Birthplace: Atlanta, GeorgiaDied: August 27, 2010Billed Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada/The Other Side of DarknessOther Aliases: Trudy Herd, Princess Luna, Angel Baby The future Luna Vachon was adopted by Paul “Butcher” Vachon as a young girl, when he married her mother Rebecca Pierce – his second wife – in 1966. Gertrude wished to carry on the […]

Vader Profile

Born: May 14, 1955 (Leon White) | Birthplace: Lynwood, CaliforniaDied: June 18, 2018 (Heart Failure)Billed Hometown: The Rocky Mountains | Billed Weight: 450 lbsOther Aliases: Baby Bull, Bull Power, Big Van Vader, Super Vader, Vader Leon White started his pro wrestling career in 1985 with Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association, after his NFL career (1978-79 with the Los Angeles Rams) […]

John Tenta Profile

Born: June 22, 1963 (John Anthony Tenta Jnr.) | Birthplace: Surrey, British Columbia, CanadaDied: June 7, 2006 (Bladder Cancer)Billed Hometown: Multiple | Billed Weight: 468 lbsOther Aliases: Earthquake Evans, Canadian Earthquake, Avalanche, The Shark, GolgaSumo Names: Kototenta, Kototenzan Born in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, John Tenta pursued amateur wrestling at a young age, and was good enough to receive a […]

Owen Hart Profile

Born: May 7, 1965 | Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, CanadaDied: May 23, 1999 (Blunt Force Trauma)Billed Weight: 227 lbsOther Aliases: “Cowboy” Owen Hart, Blue Angel, Blue Blazer Owen Hart was the youngest of twelve children to Stu and Helen Hart. He was an amateur wrestler in high school, where he also met his future wife, Martha. Naturally, he followed the path of […]

Randy Savage Profile

Born: November 15, 1952 (Randy Mario Poffo) | Birthplace: Columbus, OhioDied: May 20, 2011 (Heart Disease)Billed Hometown: Sarasota, FL  |  Billed Weight: 250 lbs Randy Poffo was a second generation star, whose father was Angelo Poffo, who competed in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He first broke into professional wrestling in 1973, leaving behind a promising baseball career, where he played […]