Tom Zenk

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Tom Zenk
Birth name Thomas Erwin Zenk
Born (1958-11-30) November 30, 1958 (age 56)
Robbinsdale, Minnesota, US
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Tom Zenk
The Z-Man
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg; 17 st)
Billed from Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Trained by Eddie Sharkey
Brad Rheingans
Debut February 22, 1984
Retired 1996

Thomas Erwin "Tom" Zenk (born November 30, 1958) is an American retired professional wrestler and bodybuilder. he is best known for his appearances with professional wrestling promotions the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1984-1986)[edit]

Zenk started wrestling in 1984 for the AWA, before moving to the NWA's Pacific Northwest territory. Here he feuded with Bobby Jaggers. At Rick Martel's request, Zenk moved to Montreal to work for the International Wrestling Association (IWA). Here, the two formed The Can-Am Connection, which later appeared in the WWF.

World Wrestling Federation (1986-1987)[edit]

Zenk joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) with Martel in late 1986, as The Can-Am Connection. They defeated the tag team of Don Muraco and Bob Orton, Jr. in the opening bout of WrestleMania III, on March 29, 1987. The popular team pushed as the likely successors to The Hart Foundation as the World Tag Team Champions, but this push ended abruptly when Zenk left the promotion, allegedly over a contract dispute.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (1986-1989)[edit]

Between 1987 and 1989, Zenk made multiple tours of Japan with All Japan Pro Wrestling.

American Wrestling Association (1989)[edit]

Zenk reappeared in the American Wrestling Association in early 1989 and was the last man eliminated (by Larry Zbyszko) in a battle royal for the vacant AWA World Heavyweight Title.

Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling (1989-1994)[edit]

After receiving several shots at the AWA title, Zenk moved on to Jim Crockett Promotions (later renamed World Championship Wrestling) in 1989. As The Z-Man, he debuted at Clash of the Champions VIII that September 12. He soon formed a tag team with Brian Pillman, won the United States Tag Team Championship and feuded with The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) and The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes).

However, during this time, Zenk tore a muscle while weightlifting and took several months off to recover. He appeared notably more slender upon returning. Z-Man then feuded with Arn Anderson over the World Television Championship, eventually winning the title. When the promotion changed its name to World Championship Wrestling in 1991, Z-Man officially became the final NWA World Television Champion and the first WCW World Television Champion. He lost the title back to Anderson on January 7, 1991.

Later that year, Z-Man, Dustin Rhodes and Big Josh feuded with The York Foundation and The Fabulous Freebirds over the World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. Z-Man, Rhodes and Josh won the title from the Freebirds in August, and lost it to The York Foundation (the final champions) in October.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (1994) and American Wrestling Federation (1996)[edit]

Zenk left WCW in March 1994, after losing to Bunkhouse Buck. He participated in All Japan Pro Wrestling's Summer Action tour that July, and their Giant Series tour in September. In August 1996, he joined the American Wrestling Federation, where he finished his career in October.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Zenk attended high school with fellow future pro wrestlers Nikita Koloff, Brady Boone, Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, John Nord, and Barry Darsow.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

1 The title's name was changed to the WCW World Television Championship due to WCW withdrawing from the NWA after Zenk won it, technically making him the last World Television Champion under the NWA banner and the first under the WCW banner.


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