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Tom Zenk in Mid South, April 1984

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 JacksonMississippi 
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. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Monday, July 15, 2019


WCW World Championship Wrestling Comic Book Issue 1 Battle Royal released in April 1992

Friday, July 12, 2019

Amazing match - Hiroshi Wajima and Takashi ishikawa vs Jerry Oates and Tom Zenk

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.

Friday, April 12, 2019


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."

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 who gave 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"

Monday, January 22, 2018

say hello ....


According to Wrestling Observer -

"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."

Monday, January 1, 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Tom Zenk, of Can-Am Connection, dies at 59


Road Warrior Animal discovered Zenk at a bodybuilding competition and suggested he make the journey to professional wrestling. 

"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 Pillman. 

"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.



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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 Rock").

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 faces."

Tom Zenk