Mid South under Bill Watts was one of the early promotion where Tom Zenk tried out. His tour was cut short by a family emergency. The following image shows the card for 4/10/84.. Other earlier matches are listed below. Terry Taylor was the rising babyface. Lanny Poffo was living out of his car boot. Bill Watts was Bill Watts
Mid south pro 4/10/84
Lake Charles LA
Mid-South Tag Team titles: The Midnight Express vs The Rock 'n' Roll Express
Hacksaw Duggan & Terry Taylor vs Krusher Darsow & Nikolai Volkoff
Magnum TA vs Mr Wrestling II
Buddy Landell vs Lanny Poffo
Butch Reed vs Tom Zenk
Joe Savoldi vs Masao Ito
4/2/84 Baton Rouge Magnum TA beat Mr. Wrestling II Texas Tornado Match Jim Duggan & Terry Taylor beat Nicolai Volkoff & Crusher Darsow Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey beat Bill Dundee & Porkchop Cash Lights Out match Ricky Morton beat Buddy Landell Butch Reed beat Lanny Poffo Professor Ito beat John King Tom Zenk beat Jerry Grey
4/4/84 Coliseum, Mississippi State Fairgounds in Jackson, Mississippi
Mid-South Tag Team Titles Match Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) (c) defeated Porkchop Cash and Bill Dundee Magnum TA vs. Mr. Wrestling II - winner unknown Nikolai Volkoff and Krusher Kruschev vs. Terry Taylor and Mystery Partner - winner unknown Butch Reed and Buddy Landel vs. Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton) - winner unknown Lanny Poffo vs. Masao Ito - winner unknown Tom Zenk vs John King – winner unknown
4/6/84 Houston, Sam Houston Coliseum(for Paul Boesch and Huston Wrestling)
Krusher Krushev(Darsow) & Nikolai Volkoff beat Hacksaw Duggan & Terry Taylor Magnum TA beat Mr Wrestling II Midnight Express beat Bill Dundee & Porkchop Cash Hector Guerrero beat Masao Ito Rock & Roll Express beat Butch Reed & Buddy Landell Jerry Gray beat Joe Savoldi Tom Zenk beat John King
4/7/84 Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, LA Bill Watts & Stagger Lee beat Midnight Express (Jim Cornette had to wear a dress) coal miners Russian roulette match Jim Duggan beat Crusher Darsow Mr. Wrestling II beat Magnum TA Midnight Express beat Bill Dundee & Pork Chop Cash Terry Taylor beat Butch Reed dq Kerry Von Erich beat Prof. Ito Buddy Landell beat Lanny Poffo Rock & Roll Express beat Nikolai Volkoff & The Russian Invader Tom Zenk beat Jerry Grey John King beat Joe Savoldi Att 25,000.
Bruiser Brody Memorial Show August 29, 1988 in Tokyo, Japan Budokan Hall drawing 16,W00 ($700,000) Hiroshi Wajima and Takashi ishikawa vs Jerry Oates and Tom Zenk The Bruiser Brody Memorial Show was a professional wrestling supercard held by Giant Baba and All Japan Pro Wrestling as a tribute to wrestler Bruiser Brody at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan on August 29, 1988.[His wife and son were present at the event and his widow, Barbara Goodish, presented her late husband's chain to Stan Hansen.. The show received much attention from the Japanese press and, according to the Wrestling Observer, the media coverage "turned into almost an Elvis Presley type of thing as the magazines are still filled with Brody photos four weeks after his death and on Baba's show they mention his name dozens of times each hour". The show was attended by 16,300 fans and raised $700,000, most of which were donated to Brody's family.
A 1-hour commercial sponsored by Kellogg’s. Featuring 4 AWA matches, each wrestler represents a different food product (separated into Kellogg’s and General Mills teams). "The Hyatt Hotel in Minneapolis is the site of one of the strangest shows in wrestling history. It's Kellogg's (aka the "Good Guys") vs. General Mills (the "Bad Guys")and all the stars are here: Nutra Rockne, Dr. K, Hondo the Honeybee Haymaker, Mr. Oat-portunity, and many more. Also, we get motivational speeches/crazed propaganda from genuine Kellogg's executives. It's pure insanity, folks." http://network.wwe.com/video/v2523371083 NB - None of the commentariat has yet made the connection between Kellogs, who sponsored this show for their staff and AWA colour commentator, Lee Marshall whogave life to 'Tony the Tiger', mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal.succeeding Thurl Ravenscroft when Ravenscroft died in 2005. Below Tom Zenk and Greg Gagne as "Sales and Marketing"
"The funeral for Tom Zenk took place on 1/13 at St. Olaf’s Catholic
Church in Minneapolis. His father is dying and couldn’t attend the funeral and Zenk had been caring for his father the past few years. He had worked at various jobs including investigations in a law office, bodyguard work and personal training since disappearing from pro wrestling. At the funeral, while there was no talk about the cause of death, which is still pending due to awaiting results of tests (based on my latest conversation with the Medical Examiner’s Office, while no info was released, the latest tests they are waiting for are no longer toxicology tests). There was mention at the funeral of him battling addictions. It was a nice funeral. One of his brothers wore a Z-Man WCW T-shirt so it was not like they didn’t recognize his wrestling career, and told some stories of practical jokes that they thought he came up with which actually sounded more like things Curt Hennig either did or taught him to do. Almost nobody from wrestling was there and it was mainly older friends of his parents. There were a few people who worked for the local PWA promotion, a few from the AWA office, a local wrestler The Hater, Wayne Bloom, Ben Ryan (a local product who worked as Hugh Hart, the illegitimate son of Stu, as a heel manager in Stampede Wrestling in one of those angles that Ed Whalen didn’t like so he wouldn’t put over). There were reports Jim Brunzell attended but that wasn’t confirmed to me and according to someone who talked to his mother, Brunzell did call her and was one of the only people in wrestling to do so. He had started back at the gym a year ago after being away for a long time and I was told that if you were friends with him, because of how much he changed and his weight loss, that you could have walked past him and not recognized him. But the family talked about how much time he had spent caring for his father and how generous he was to him, and would take him out golfing a lot."
Road Warrior Animal discovered Zenk at a bodybuilding
competition and suggested he make the journey to professional
"Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, Scott Simpson (Nikita Koloff), Dean
Peters (Brady Boone) and Barry Darsow and I had all been at high school
together (Robbinsdale High -- Verne Gagne's old school)," Zenk told Mike
Rodgers, of Ring Around the Northwest newsletter. "In fact,
Hennig used to help out with the guys that used to beat up on me. He
used to slap the guys off of me. Back then I was about 135 pounds.
"Anyway, they were all making a good living off wrestling. It
seemed a good way to make some money off my body and looks. So I
thought, 'Why not?'"
Zenk wrestled for AWA in Minnesota, along with Don Owens' Pacific
Northwest Wrestling, and only two years into his professional career was
signed to the then-World Wrestling Federation. He began teaming with
Rick Martel as the Can-Am Connection.
Martel previously told SLAM! Wrestling how Nick Bockwinkel likened Zenk to a "young Rick Martel."
"He really was so similar to me. His style. And later on I found
out that Tom had been watching me a lot and kind of copied my style and
did a lot of the moves that I was doing," Martel said. "Plus with his
look being the same as me, a lot people kept comparing us."
In the same interview with Rodgers, Zenk said Owens was his favorite promoter to work for.
"Don Owens was a man of his word. Don was a saint," Zenk said.
After walking out of the WWF, Zenk worked for World Championship
Wrestling, beginning in 1989, as the Z Man and teamed with Brian
"I'd managed to negotiate a two-year deal at $156,000 a year,"
Zenk told Rodgers. "I was on holiday from working in Japan when (Ric)
Flair and (WCW boss Jim) Herd called me. 156 was a good deal back then.
Plus, they promised to make me one of the top five babyface with Sting,
(Lex) Luger, Pillman and Flair. At the time, it looked like Ted Turner
was going to change the face of wrestling -- building good, young talent
with guaranteed long-term contracts and good working conditions."
Zenk is survived by his parents, siblings and eight nieces and nephews.
Next up, HHH against Lance Storm. Lance has great athletic potential,
from where I sit. Now surely this young talent is going to get a quick
win and some elevation from the old guard. HHH is taped up like "the
mummy returns" - his left elbow and left knee bandaged (i.e. 'injured').
He even has the "war club" taped right fist (which looks just like good
old DDP and Barry Windham) for better working punches? JR has provided
him with cover ... "Triple H saw Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.,
on Monday and had his knee checked. The small fracture has opened up
slightly and Dr. Andrews still feels he can continue to work around it
as long as he can tolerate the pain." So, HHH has the perfect excuse for
a loss. Is he going to enhance the young talent, slip on a banana peel
and give Lance a sorely needed win?
No way!!! Someone else has spotted Lance's talent and who else but HHH!!
"The Game" knows how to manipulate the McMillions and pick his spot -
the very first match. With such a strong tease from the beginning of
Smackdown that the "immortal one" HH will give his retirement speech
later, it's "stay tuned fans" and what a great position on the card for
HHH. Why? Well, (a) a fresh, hot, live crowd ensures the best possible
reaction for HHH; and (b) the best chance for a good first quarter hour
rating number; plus (c) the first match can always go longer. Hog all
the TV time you can get, judging by HHH's 5-10 minute ring entrance; and
finally (d) because Big Steph said so!!
Lance carries X-Game who sells like Dusty, even early on in the match.
One perfectly timed superkick from Lance could have, should have dazed
HHH? stunned HHH? put HHH out cold?........Nah! Rewind the tape and
watch it over. Ask yourself...Who did all the flying in the ring? The
top rope stuff or the over-the-top stuff? Who worked around whom? Who
was more exciting? Who really needs a little "rub" from the top tier?
Who had the perfect excuse to get beat? And what about HHH "taking one
for the team..." "leading by example...." if you weel. And so what,
anyway, if HHH with the papier mache elbow and knee, loses tonight. It's
only 4 days ago that he went through "Hell in a Cell." After all HHH is
human (maybe?) The announcers sell their asses off, putting him over
from the PPV, planting the seeds, telling the fans how to think - "HHH
2-wins.... Jericho 2-losses"...(read, "Jericho is a friend of the
But there's still hope .... surely the young, rested, healthy,
high-flying Storm can maybe, possibly, hopefully, beat the gimped up,
taped up, wrapped up mummy? The mummy even has juice, another excuse to
lose, surely? Ponder this one if you weel... What if Shane McMoney had
the talent, the body, the look and the athletic ability of Lance
Storm?....Remember all the boy's selling Shane's "shotgun like" punches?
I do, and then wonder why they bump for Shane, but refuse to sell for
young talent like Lance?
So the injured, juiced HHH beats the young rested healthy Storm. On national TV?
And why exactly beat Storm? Because he's got potential of coursel!!! Politics as usual and damn you Jim Ross.
Judging by the depth or lack of it in WWE, I'd protect Storm, mentor
him, coach him - not BEAT him!! So much for Ross " elevating more young
and athletic talents and effectively introducing some well-prepared new