A strong work ethic, stalwart discipline and a damn good heart. Sometimes the traits that make the man behind the pro-wrestler are what make that pro-wrestler a legend of his age. Pro-wrestling is a world where top stars can only maintain their reputation on their ability to overcome a viable threat to their place. No heel, in the history of pro-wrestling has a better track record than John Tenta. Anybody can flatter their bosses, bulk up a million dollar body and tell kids to take their vitamins. Those qualities make you a star in pro-wrestling. To compete in legitimate athletic competition outside of pro-wrestling, few competitions are nearly as extreme as the sport of Sumo Wrestling. For a Gaijin to enter a world proudly dominated by people of Polynesian ancestry, and absolutely dominate is unheard of. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-07-06/sports/8602180446_1_sumo-japanese-canadian-embassy Let me put this into perspective for you. John Tenta wouldn't just beat his opponents in Sumo, he would beat his opponents up in Sumo. He earned the respect of the Japanese audience that once heckled him by showing them that he could easily throw the best of them out of that ring. He fought his way through 21 victories of legitimate competition and mainly bowed out because a higher level of rank would mean having to get new skin grafted over his tattoo. That's all well and good for getting your foot in the door. To be a somebody on tv you have to reach out to people. The Earthquake wasn't just another villain, he was a monster that could haunt your nightmares for weeks. He was never once pinned or submitted on PPV. Not by Hogan, Sting or anyone else. If you step into the ring with Earthquake, you're only squeaking away with a count-out victory or maybe having an advantage in an obscure gimmick match. Behind the masks, face paint and facade as the most evil human being in pro-wrestling history; John Tenta was one Hell of a man. A great man with a good heart defined what being a pro-wrestling villain should be. He was a big man, one of the biggest of all time, that would still pull off dropkicks with the best of them. I know that this one is a long-shot. I've only covered a small fraction of this man's accolades in hopes that some of you will share a few others. A teaspoon of faith can move mountains, I have faith that there are a few more John Tenta fans out there.