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[1990-12-29-NWA-World Championship Wrestling] Interview: Tom Zenk


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  • 3 months later...

Tom Zenk has had 45 straight victories (Wha???) and next week, he gets a TV title shot against Arn Anderson. First of all, that's ridiculous, and second, since when does it take 45 wins to get a TV title shot? Arn quickly interrupts. Paul E. tells him not to cause trouble, and Arn tells him not to tell him what he can't do. Arn does a fabulous job of putting over Zenk's recent accomplishments while also making clear that Arn intends to hang on to that title for his life. Fantastic.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Zenk is such an ineffective dork. Arn talks about being labeled an overachiever all his life--how he wasn't big enough or strong enough or well-built like the Tom Zenks of the world to be anybody. Another great promo from Anderson, one that would probably make Vince McMahon's head explode.

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  • 2 years later...

Arn's clearly the star of this segment, as he even gets into it briefly with his future manager Heyman. He may look like death warmed over here, but he's in plenty good enough shape to put Zenk in his place. It's not so much that Zenk's a bad promo, it's that Arn's better than just about anyone else in the game right now.


The supposed "win streak" of Zenk's would have been a lot more credible if 1) he'd gotten some of those wins over main event talent and 2) we'd seen those wins on TV. I'm sure at least a few of them would have popped up on the Yearbook if this had been part of an actual Zenk push instead of an attempt to create drama for a match that has next to none on the surface.


Pete mentions how Vince's head would explode if he'd heard one of his guys cut a promo like this. That's exactly why Heenan did almost all the significant talking for the Brain Busters when they were in the WWF: Tully and Arn's promo style was far too adult and competition-based for Vince, while Heenan knew how to get heat the way Vince wanted it gotten. Of course, the fans were so busy chanting "Weasel" at Heenan the second he showed his face that it really didn't matter how good at getting heat Tully and Arn were or how they got it.

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