Squash of the Week: Earthquake vs. Mark Young

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WWF, 1990

One of the best things about running this silly website for so long has been the opportunities to meet so many awesome folks. And there may be none greater than “Earthquake” John Tenta.

I am so blessed I was able to call him my friend.

And what better way to honor him again than with one of his awesome squash matches, this time versus Mark Young, circa 1990. The scrappy youngster decided to give it his all in the early going and as you might predict…

…that didn’t go so well for him. Quake effortlessly shrugging off his drop kick then waylaying him with a clothesline is truly a thing of beauty.

Or I guess things of beauty.

Also beautiful is an unorthodox choke slam followed up by the legendary Earthquake splash.

You were the best, John. I could watch you clobber geeks all day.

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9 Responses to "Squash of the Week: Earthquake vs. Mark Young"
  1. Joe says:

    Mark Young is the son of Chief Jay Strongbow! It’s true, it’s true.

    • Rob says:

      While I don’t remember seeing too many matches he was in, he seemed to be one of the more entertaining jobbers. Athletic and could pull off a few good moves (and also: random breakdancing-like stuff). Even had a finisher of sorts where he’d go for a flying bodypress, the opponent would duck it and he’d segue into a roll-up when he hit the ground. I mean, since this match was against the Earthquake, I’m guessing none of that stuff got on display that day and his highlight was that sweet sell of the clothesline in the gif, but he COULD do some good stuff. Which I know due to scouring YouTube for old syndicated shows from the time period of my youth and seeing a shockingly entertaining match with him and Tim Horner against the Rougeau Bros, leading me to look up more matches with him because I wasn’t used to seeing flippy jobbers back in the day.

  2. Big Daddy Payne says:

    Damn I loved Earthquake. One of my favorite heels of that era, and surprisingly (to me at the time), a very likeable babyface as well. Tenta always seemed like a genuinely good dude. You really *are* lucky to have known him.

    • Alex says:

      Earthquake was a great heel. He would have been credible as WWF champion.

      I miss the era when you could get over with presence, charisma and basic pro wrestling.
      Now, if you don’t risk death every night or bleed like pig, you’re labeled boring.

      • Thomas Moffatt says:

        Unless you are Baron Corbin or Von Wagner who could risk death every night and bleed like a pig and still be labelled boring…

        • Alex says:

          I actually like Corbin. He’s one of the last real heel who put over the babyface (like The Miz but The Miz is awesome).

          • Thomas Moffatt says:

            We’ll have to agree to disagree on that one – Corbin and Miz are my two least favourite stars on the WWE roster. Each to their own though.

          • Big Daddy Payne says:

            I want to like Corbin. I really do. He’s a fellow metalhead, he has an insanely cool finish, and for all intents and purposes seems like a really decent dude. But my GOD do I just find his matches almost brutally boring.

            But yeah, I agree about heels in general. It’s the evolution of the spot, sadly. Growing up, kayfabe was still a thing and even though we all knew deep down it wasn’t ‘real’, the fact that they worked so hard to convince us otherwise made it easier to swallow. The evaporation or kayfabe, combined with kids wanting “cool” heels like NWO and DX… it kinda killed the kind of wrestling we all loved growing up, imo

  3. CP says:

    I am amazed every time I see an Earthquake splash from big John. I don’t know how much work has to go into that kind of move without messing it up and there’s so much that can go wrong like slipping and falling.

    Mabel/Viscera/Big Daddy V-cups could’ve learned a lesson from him.

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