Tom Zenk - Z-man 

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The Z-Man Back and Better Than Ever

His career was on the upswing. Tom Zenk and partner Rick Martel were a tag-team combination taking the WWF by storm. Zenk and Martel, known as the "Can-Am Connection," were on their way to the tag title. Then, shockingly, Zenk walked away from wrestling. Now Zenk has returned. He has moved to the NWA and is happier than ever. This time Zenk says he's here to stay! - by Don Liable, Wrestling World, May 1990- more

Tom 'The Z-Man' Zenk Headed For A Championship 

Going out and getting his job done, quickly and efficiently, is the 'Z-Man' Tom Zenk's modus operandi. In the NWA his job is to win a major championship belt. The skill and tenacity he displays in the ring have shown the wrestling world that Tom Zenk won't fail in reaching his goal - by Don Liable, Wrestling's Main Event, March 1990 Vol. 7 No 5- more

 Z-Man Tom Zenk 
NWA Sleeper

"Z-Man" Tom Zenk has spent months in the shadows of the superstars, but that doesn't mean he's not good enough to attain greatness. Don't be fooled: Zenk could be World champion someday, and the NWA's top stars know it! - by Andy Rodriguez, Wrestling Classics, May 1990 - more


Z-Man Wins World TV Title

The fans approve as Zenk wrests the TV title off the lack-lustre Arn Anderson....more

The Z-Man - simply dazzling!

Following Tom Zenk's win over Arn Anderson for the NWA-WCW TV title, Howard Feintuch reviews Zenk's past career and looks forward to a 'dazzling career' in the WCW -  Wrestling Eye, July 1991- more


Latest Tag Team Contenders! Pillman And Zenk; Flyin' High Over The NWA 

With their strong aerial attacks, fantastic wrestling ability, and conditioning, Tom Zenk and Brian Pillman - the NWA's High Flyers - are a team to watch out for! - by Robert E. Riddick, Jr. TV Wrestlers, March 1990 - more

Tom Zenk and "Flyin" Brian Who Will Desert Whom? 

Tom Zenk and "Flyin'" Brian Pillman are the NWA US Tag Team Champions, but trouble may loom. Zenk never stays with one promotion for long periods of time. And there are rumors that Ric Flair would like Pillman on his side. So the big question is, who will desert whom first, Pillman or Zenk?? - by Jim Aronson , Wrestling's Main Event, (1990) -

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Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk - Will Their Championship Dreams Tear Them Apart

Tom Zenk and Brian Pillman are great U S tag team champions, but their partnership is on shaky grounds. Each man has his own individual goals that involves singles titles. Will their championship ambitions cause a rift? - by Andy Rodriguez, Inside Wrestling, August, 1990 - more

Why Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk must Split Up now

Disaster awaits Pillman and Zenk if they stay together - more


On Assignment
Open Season On Pretty Boys

On this night in the Meadowlands, Zenk and Gibson were
roundly booed by a hostile audience. At one point in their match against the Freebirds, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin pulverized Zenk into the mat as many fans rose to their feet and applauded.  Does this mean it's open season on pretty boys? - by Liz Hunter, Inside Wrestling, August 1990 - more

The Wrestler Magazine spotlights...Tom Zenk

Every month the Wrestler combs throught its extensive photo files and shines its spotlight on an outstanding wrestler - this month Tom Zenk - more

Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk - Flying High!!

"Great wrestlers are honest, hardworking craftsmen engaged in a wholesome direction of energy for the entertainment of the fans. Success is a journey not a destination. It's easy to be ordinary but it takes guts to excel". So said the legendary 'Kangaroo' Al Costello. Among modern grapplers, Tom Zenk and Brian Pillman immediately come to mind as perfect examples of Costello's principles - by Don Laible, Wrestling Eye, September 1990 - more

More than a battle of sex appeal

When Tom Zenk returned to WCW, Diamond Studd (Scott Hall) was there to welcome him back. Their meeting ignited a feud that pits two of the best looking men in the federation in a heated battle that could spell the end of one - or both - of their careers -  Wrestling October 1991 - Photos by Ed Crawford - more

Tom Zenk is one of "Wrestling's Hunks"



Tom Zenk Full Colour Pin Up

Pro Wrestling Illustrated, April 1991...more

Our Offbeat Plan To Make Z-Man The  Man

When Tom Zenk lost his WCW light heavyweight challenge to Brian Pillman, it didn't keep him up all night. Instead, he met a few friends and went off for dinner. Zenk has the skills and stamina to be a top contender for the WCW World title but something seems to be holding him back. This is a radical plan to make the fan favorite a new man - and the man in the federation!- by Eddie Ellner PWI, October, 1992 - more

Zenk vs Pillman at Wrestlewar, 1992



Ten Questions for 
The Z-man

The Z-Man's WCW tenure has not only won him a legion ofd fans, it has also produced some significant championship wins. ...Now the Z-Man has embarked on a new project: a tag team with rookie Marcus Alexander Bagwell. WCW Magazine's Craig Peters caught up with the Z-Man and asked him the following "10 Questions" - WCW Magazine, July 1992 - more

Z-Man's Private Training Session With Marcus Bagwell

When Z-Man took Marcus Alexander Bagwell under his wing, the rookie gained a valuable and experienced mentor. In this feature, WCW Magazine provides a rare glimpse at the fine tuning of a future champion -  by Craig Peters, WCW Magazine, October, 1992 - more

The Third Degree 
Z-Man And Johnny Gunn 

Both in the ring and in the hearts of fans, Z-Man and Johnny Gunn are building the type of tag team momentum the mat sport hasn't seen in a long time. They've been competing as a unit since early-November(1992) and have impressed everyone with precision teamwork that includes frequent  double-dropkicks and a power slam/top-rope drop kick combination that has led to an unbroken string of victories - by Craig Peters, WCW Magazine, March 1993 - more

Zenk and Gunn 
A Team On The Rise

At first, fans thought WCW was just sticking two guys together as a team, because the booking team of the moment couldn't figure out anything else to do with them. Now the experts agree they will become a top tag team and perhaps even tag team champions - Steve Mueller, Wrestling Eye, May 1993 - more

Win Lose or Draw
Tom Zenk and Johnny Gunn 

Turning titile dreams inot toitles is never easy but "Z-Man" Tom Zenk and Johnny Gunn didn't think it would be this hard. These two great athletes were convinced, from the moment they became a team, that the WCW World tag team titles would be theirs. But after a series of devastating set-backs maybe its time to go their separate ways - by Andy Rodrigues, PWI, June, 1993 - more

Not all Guts and Glory

Pro-wrestling is as difficult to break into as a high school clique. It is one of America's last "father and son" industries; an industry where it is definitely who you know, not what you know, that is important - Wrestling Eye, September 1990 - more


All in the Family 
Zero Degrees of Separation

Ties of blood are one thing. Overlay this with ties of friendship (Flair and Anderson, Dallas Page and Eric Bischoff, Hennig and Rude, Fuller and Jarrett, etc., etc., ), plus personal and professional jealousies, and you begin to scratch the surface of a profession where sheer wrestling ability is often very low among the criteria for wrestler 
promotion. - more