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John Tenta Loses His Battle With Cancer

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Former WWF and WCW star John Tenta (known professionally as Earthquake, Avalanche, Golga and The Shark) passed away this morning at 42, after a very public and lengthy battle with bladder cancer. Tenta is survived by his wife and three children. My condolences to the Tenta family and to all those who counted John as one of their friends.

John Tenta was always entertaining no matter what gimmick he had, even the crappy ones. After retiring from the ring to battle cancer, Tenta started posting on the WrestleCrap.com newsboards, as he became friends with WrestleCrap.com owner and author, RD Reynolds. Tenta even wrote the forward to Reynolds’ first book, WrestleCrap – The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling. Through his postings about wrestling, his career and his battle with cancer, I think we all came to know him as more than just Earthquake, more than just a wrestler, we came to know him almost as something of a friend. And today the world and the wrestling business lost that friend.

Thank you for all the years you entertained me and countless others. Thank you for letting us into your life and your battle with cancer. You will be missed. God bless you and your family.

Here is the link for the American Cancer Society in case anyone feels the need to make a donation in John’s memory.

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Harlem Heat Announced for WWE Hall of Fame

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Legendary WCW tag team Harlem Heat has been officially announced for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

Harlem Heat will join Torrie Wilson, Billy Gunn, Sean Waltman, Chyna, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg, & the Honkey Tonk Man as this year’s inductees and WWE made the announcement during Monday Night Raw with the following video:

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NWA Legend Dick Slater Passes Away

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National Wrestling Alliance legend, and decorated champion, Dick Slater has passed away at the age of 67, according to post that paid tribute to Slater made my NWA.

Slater wrestled professionally from 1972 to 1996 for promotions including NWA and WCW, where he finished his career. Slater was a 4 time Georgia Heavyweight Champion, 2-time NWA Macon Heavyweight Champion, NWA United States Champion, NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion, 2-time NWA TV Champion, 2-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, and NWA Brass Knuckles Champion.

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Sting Talks Scorpion Deathlock

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WWE Hall of Famer Sting recently appeared on the Apter Chat podcast to discuss a number of topics, including where he got the idea of the Scorpion Deathlock finisher from, a move he used throughout his storied career.

Sting revealed that he the inspiration from wrestler Riki Choshu at a Japanese show.

“I was fortunate enough in those early days, while I was still with Bill Watts, (Giant) Baba from Japan wanted me to come do a show. Bill sent me to Japan and there was a wrestler named Riki Choshu. He used that hold and I went ‘oh, I like that’ and so then the scorpion kinda popped in all at the same time and attempting to brand myself” Sting said.

Sting also talked about the demise of WCW, which was eventually bought out by WWE.

“It was shocking, it was surreal, it was emotional because it was a lot of years of a lot of sacrifice” Sting explained. “Fighting tooth and nail to not be the second class wrestling organization, but to finally evolve into the number one wrestling organization in the world.

“To be that first class wrestling organization, a global machine, and to just watch it slip through your fingers and be gone and totally out of your control. I always said it was like the enemy coming into your camp and having their way.”

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