'Run-ins and stretcher out'

    In a small territory like PNW, it was the number-one baby-face's job to sell tickets.

    Tom Zenk became PNW's top babyface and Owen worked on getting him over with the fans.

    For Owen 'getting over' was straightforward. He told Zenk "Jesus Christ, Tom... The only way to get over is to beat everybody."

    So Owen booked Zenk to "beat everybody." The gimmick was to see how long Zenk could maintain a winning streak and which wrestler would be the first to break it.

    The fan interest came from the improbability of a young, scientific babyface holding out against veteran heels with all the low cunning of Bobby Jaggers and Rip Oliver. 

    Zenk's tactic,  was to take all the punishment necessary to get across and suddenly pull a win out of nowhere.

    Finally, according to Owen's scenario, the unbeaten face with the fans behind him, would confront the top heel Bobby Jaggers in an all out battle for the PNW heavyweight title.


"The Pacific Northwest has long been noted for it's use of top young talent and this winter's addition of Tom Zenk is no exception. The dark haired, deeply tanned Arizona [!!] native is one of the biggest young stars to roll down the interstate in quite some time. In the short time that Zenk has been in the Northwest, his good looks and high-flying maneuvers have made him a favorite with the fans. " (Ken Hamblin, Wrestling Ringside, No 19, May 1986)


 "What a sensation this Tom Zenk is - we haven't seen anything like this since Billy Jack Haynes. This man has really got the entire North West buzzing over his skills, capabilities and the excitement that he brings to professional wrestling and of course the fact that he's still undefeated."  from "Big Time Wrestling" commentary by Don Coss, December 1985.

HITTING THE HEIGHTS - and the lights - Zenk flies over Doring's head to deliver a drop kick (from a standing position) to 'Mean' Mike Miller. Don Coss referred to it as the "Sky-High Drop-kick." Sandy Barr (former wrestler, PNW referee, father of Jesse and Art Barr) called it the highest drop kick he'd seen in the business.