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Seismologists puzzled by earthquakes since Tenta’s death

Tenta Earthquake

John "Earthquake" Tenta pictured at the precise moment he caused a 4.7 magnitude quake in southern California.

Scientists are struggling to explain the continuation of seismic activity around the world nearly six years after the passing of John “Earthquake” Tenta.

“We just don’t get it,” said Cornell University seismology professor Eugene Tobin.

“For the first couple of years following Tenta’s demise, we attributed all earthquakes to Tenta-related aftershocks. But it’s six years later and the earthquakes persist, so something else must be at play.”

Conventional seismological wisdom has long held that earthquakes were caused by Tenta’s hopping around a wrestling ring — his corpulent, wobbly mass sending shockwaves in all directions — before performing his trademark sit-down splash.

For example, a 1990 earthquake in the Philippines measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale was attributed to Tenta’s rib-crushing splash on Hulk Hogan. Similarly, a 6.5 magnitude quake that rocked Beijing the following year was traced back to Tenta’s squashing of Jake Roberts’ beloved pet snake, Damien.

Because Tenta is no longer a viable culprit for earthquakes, seismologists have begun proposing new theories, ranging from shifting tectonic plates to Brodus Clay’s flying cross-body splash.

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