Despite the fact that former WCW and WWF star Tom Zenk was only 59 years-old, he passed away on Sunday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.
As of right now, Zenk’s cause of death is unknown. His obituary, which was published in the Star Tribune, can be read below.
“Zenk, Thomas Erwin age 59, of Golden Valley, MN, passed away on Dec. 9, 2017 at the North Memorial Medical Center. Survived by parents, Robert J. and Lois Zenk; siblings, Robert Jr. (Beth), Kathryn Zenk James (Raymond) and James L. (Jo); 8 nieces and nephews, A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Saturday 1/13/18 at 11:00 AM at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 S. 8th St., Mpls. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. Private family burial will take place at St. Nicholas Cemetery, in Carver, MN Washburn-McReavy.com Robbinsdale Chapel 763-537-2333.”
Zenk’s wrestling career started in 1984 and ran until 1996. He worked for the WWF from 1986-1987 and formed the tag-team Can-Am Connection with Rick Marte. He ended up leaving because he was happy with how much he was getting paid. Zenk was also very upset with the McMahons because they claimed he was still under contract with them as he tried to work for All Japan Wrestling.
He ended up working in All Japan Wrestling from 1986-1989 though. Zenk then moved on to American Wrestling Association in 1989. But that didn’t last long because he ended up signing with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1989-1994. He then retired in 1996 and no one has really heard from him since then.
In 1994, Zenk ended up testifying in the Vince McMahon‘s steroid trial. He wasn’t heard from again due to the fact that he was threatened legally for comments he made about the WWF during appearances on different shows.
Zenk’s ring names were Tom Zenk and The Z-Man. His finishing moves were the diving crossbody, missile dropkick and superkick. Zenk’s signature moves were the dropkick, sleeper hold and slingshot splash.
During his career, Zenk won the NWA United States TagTeam Title, NWA/WCW World Television Championship, WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, and NWA United States Tag Team Championship Tournament. He was also named the Wrestling Observer co-rookie of the year in 1984 along with Jushin Liger.
Zenk was also a Mr. Minnesota champion as a bodybuilder. He went to the same high school as other wrestling greats like Curt Hennig, Brady Boone, and Rick Rude.
Comment below and tell us what you remember about Zenk’s wrestling career if you grew up watching him.
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