Tom Zenk


Real Name - Tom Zenk
Birthdate - 11/30/58
?'?" 250 lbs. - Robbinsdale, MI

Aliases - Z-Man

Athletic background - Bodybuilding (Amateur), Soccer (High School)

Teachers - Eddie Sharkey; Verne Gagne, Brad Rheingans

Professional background - Indies(`84), AWA(`84-`85), Canada(`84-`85), PNW(`85-`86), IWA(`86), WWF(`87), All Japan(`87-`89), AWA(`88-`89), WCW(`89-`94), All Japan(`91-`92), All Japan(`94)

Groups - none

Peak Years - `85-`91

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Flying Body Press

Favorites -
- Reverse Splash
- Sunset Flip
- Armdrag
- Dropkick
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 6
science - 3
aerial - 4
power - 6
strikes - 4

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 5
selling - 6
bumping - 6
carrying - 5
heat - 5
legacy - 3

Place in History - One of the many whitemeat babyfaces of the late 80s, who seemed destined for stardom with his good looks and ability, who never really broke through. Tom Zenk went to high school with numerous soon-to-be stars and grew up on Verne Gagne's AWA. He was a natural face and an exceptional athlete, so it's no surprise he was able to get over quickly with the female fans. Zenk hooked up with another guy who was almost a mirror image of himself in Rick Martel. The two, as the "Can-Am Connection" were a popular and successful tag team in Canada and Portland before getting a chance in the WWF. Though Zenk's stay was brief, he managed to find opportunities elsewhere. Back in the dying AWA, in the rising All Japan and finally in reforming WCW, Tom Zenk was a strong midcarder and got various levels of pushes. He was his own man though and was never able to fully reach his potential due to that fact, but he claims his career was a personal success and he achieved many great things even if he doesn't stand out in the history books. He remains a hot interview for wrestling radio shows as a hilarious and insightful commentator on the current pro-wrestling product in the States.