Monday, January 22, 2018


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."


  1. His weight loss was most likely from his enlarged heart which is a hereditary condition that caused his ateriosclerosis. That makes the heart work harder and caused the weight loss. It also causes chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath and makes it harder for oxegen to be distributed to the tissue tyroughthr the body..again causing the weight loss, wasted muscle and advanced aging. It's not hard to see he had been suffering from it a long time.
    Jim was at the funeral and it pisses me off that idiots commented it was drug related before tests were back.
    Tom had some problems back in 2005 after a broken heart and made some mistakes back then, including with alcohol but he was the kindest, sweetest guy you could ever meet. I knew him since his days in Pacific Northwest and in a corrupt industry Tom was the best person I met. He was intelligent, kind, told it like it was, and had the most tender heart. Tommy didn't deserve the hurt he had in life and he doesn't deserve speculation from idiots now.
    He was better than most people in this world and my only regret is I never told him how special he was in this world. I will miss him always, and we were "kindred spirits angel hearts" as we called each other; this world lost a special gift when Tommy was called home. In wrestling he was like my older brother and always protected me as his little sister when I worked behind the scenes. He was a good man and nothing like the others in the industry. He will be loved always and missed forever but we were lucky for the time we had him because he made our lives better. He was a good man who deserves so much more.

  2. Z-Man and Brian Pillman were 2 of my FAVS! Always wanted to see Zenk and Kerry Von Erich team together as well