Post by Deus Ex Machina on Apr 18, 2006 8:32:43 GMT -5
As reported on several wrestling newssites, John Tenta, known under the names of Earthquake, Avalanche, Golga and The Shark, passed away this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.
John was kind enough to come on here, talking to the fans and posters, proving himself a down to earth, regular great guy. A great friend to WrestleCrap for a long time, his prescence here, gave us a legitimacy we could have never gained elsewhere, and kept everyone up to date with his situation, kindly answering questions and joking around with us all.
John Tenta was not only a great wrestler who touched millions of lives, he was a great man. Kind, giving and with a great sense of humor. In a business so obsessed with ego and getting yourself over, he dared to laugh at himself and the inherit sillyness of wrestling, without ever losing his love for it, no matter how badly it treated him.
We are all better people for having known him and he will remain vividly alive in our hearts and in our memories. I will not use this day to be sad, I will use it to smile at the great memories and the joy and happiness John gave not only me, but all the lives he touched.
Our heart and sympathies go out to John's family in this hard and trying time. You are in our hearts and will always have a home here if you need it.
We will keep the John Tenta forum open for people to leave their condolences.
Post by Kevin Hamilton on Jun 7, 2006 12:24:42 GMT -5
Seconded, everything Dan said seconded.
I'd also like to add that during his visit here to the forum John and I got to know each other some and become "friends" inasmuch as two guys via the internet can. And whether it was listening to me when I was going through some rough times last year, telling me how has day was going or giving me a call to talk smack when LSU beat the Razorbacks, it was inherently cool to know that a larger than life figure, a celebrity etc. from my youth and I knew each other on a personal level.
He will be missed. For the kind, gentle fun-loving guy he was, he was bright light in an often too dreary planet. Without him here with us, the sun's a little bit dimmer. I wish John's family all the condolences in the world through this rough time.
Post by Baixo Astral on Jun 8, 2006 4:13:09 GMT -5
I just got back online, and this is terrible, upsetting news. I'm so grateful that I was able to interact with John in the small way that I did, and I'll alway be filled with respect for him, for his work both in and out of the ring, and for the time he was always willing to give to his fans.