It Came From YouTube: Earthquake Vs. Yokozuna Sumo Match

13 Submitted by on Wed, 17 July 2013, 00:00

Not even the greatness of John “Earthquake” Tenta can make the whole sumo match interesting so here’s just the finish of it.

I know John was a legitimate sumo wrestler and everything but I’m not quite sure what they were thinking with this. It didn’t get Earthquake over, they didn’t push him, and he left shortly afterwards anyway. Plus, it made Yokozuna look weak.

I don’t want to see sumo wrestling on my pro wrestling show.

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13 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Earthquake Vs. Yokozuna Sumo Match"
  1. Alan says:

    I have the entire Raw broadcast that this aired on. I taped every Raw from November 1993-February 1997.

  2. ScMcS says:

    I wouldn’t say the WWF wasn’t pushing him. Earthquake won every match he had on television and was to feud with Yokozuna after this, but asked out of his contract to leave for WCW about a week or so later (him not showing up in WCW ’til October can be contributed to a no-compete clause, of course).

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      I could be remembering wrong but I just don’t remember him being in any meaningful feuds or matches around this time.

      • Art0Donnell says:

        He had just returned and was getting a push, first beating Adam Bomb a few times, then feuding with Yokozuna for a number of weeks. My guess is that they would have had Yoko wrestle Earthquake at Summerslam that year, instead of nobody.

      • ScMcS says:

        Other than the kick-off to the angle with Yokozuna, I agree, he didn’t really do much of note. He was featured often in squashes, went over bottom-card guys like Bastion Booger and Adam Bomb, and then the Sumo Match was to jumpstart an angle with Yokozuna. For whatever reason, the WWF brought Typhoon back for about 2 months to fill in some dates against Yoko on the house show circuit, and to work with him on television as “revenge” for putting Quake out of the WWF.

        The real mystery: What if Earthquake vs. Ludvig Borga really happened at WM X, as originally advertised in the WM X Reports?

        • ScMcS says:

          I shouldn’t have said “for whatever reason” when I gave reasons. Proof reading is our friend. :P

        • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

          They’d still be mid carders going nowhere fast, I think.

          • ScMcS says:

            More than likely. Earthquake probably would’ve been used to re-establish Yokozuna’s “monster heel” persona for Undertaker to crush at Survivor Series and been shipped out by years end. The shelf-life of returning names in ’94 wasn’t exactly long. Anyone remember when Koko B. Ware returned and resumed his role as a JTTS? High Energy Exploded on an episode of Superstars.

  3. Sean says:

    There was a sumo match, ‘crap inducted by RD, with the Big SHow

  4. Art0Donnell says:

    I liked this match. Maybe just because it gave me an excuse to depict Yokozuna after “losing face.”

  5. Alan says:

    Actually, this match is featured on the “RAW: The Beginning” DVD set. Always liked John Tenta no matter whether he was Earthquake, Avalanche, or The Shark. My all-time favorite Tenta moment was when he squashed Adam Bomb in under a minute after Wrestlemania X. Good thing too b/c the fans were furious at the outcome of the previous match between Yoko and Luger & the screw job finish & this gave them something to enjoy after that debacle. RIP John Tenta, and thank you for all the great memories.

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