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Former WWF And WCW Legend Tom Zenk Passed Away at 59.

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Tom Zenk

Tom Zenk, aka “The Z-Man”, wrestled for World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He also teamed up with the late Brian Pillman back in WCW.

Zenk originally made a name for himself during his time in WCW; winning Wrestling Observer’s “1984 Rookie of the Year” award.

After appearances in the territories, he also impressed WWE hierarchy sufficiently to become a full-time member of their roster. There, Zenk and long-time partner Rick Martel formed a tag team under the name Can-Am Connection; but their push ended when Zenk unexpectedly quit the company.

But it was arguably in WCW – where he spent five years beginning in 1989 – that he made his biggest mark on the business; winning tag team belts, and officially becoming the final NWA World Television Champion and the first WCW World Television Champion.

His best-known feuds were with The Midnight Express, The Fabulous Freebirds, and Arn Anderson.

The End of Robbinsdale HS’s Class of ’76,

Zenk attended Robbinsdale High School with wrestling legends Mr.Perfect, Rick Rude, Nikita Koloff, John Nord, Barry Darsow and Brady Boone.

According to an obituary in the Minnesota Star Tribune, former pro wrestler Zenk passed away at the age of 59 in his hometown of Robbinsdale, Minnesota; at the North Memorial Medical Center on December 9th. The cause of death is still unknown, but the Star Tribune mentioned that a public celebration of Zenk’s life will be held next month in Minneapolis.

Tributes to Zenk are beginning to surface on Twitter, with Missy Hyatt (a former co-worker), and among others paying their respects; after news of his death broke on social media.

TSJ Family send our deepest condolences to Zenk’s Family and Friends.


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