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The Natural Disasters was the tag team comprised of Earthquake & Typhoon who competed in the World Wrestling Federation as a team between 1991 and 1993.

The Formation
In the summer of 1991, Earthquake had just finished a feud with Jake “The Snake” Roberts when he seemingly reignited a feud from 1990 with the massive Tugboat, a fan favorite and close friend of Hulk Hogan. In a televised 6 man tag-team match where Earthquake teamed with the Nasty Boys and Tugboat teamed with the Bushwhackers Tugboat turned on his partners after a few minutes of action and joined the Earthquake in laying the two New Zealanders out cold[1]. After the heel turn Tugboat changed his name to Typhoon and together they became known as “The Natural Disasters” [2] one of the heaviest tag-teams in the world.

The first order of business was the Bushwhackers, whom they made very short work of at the 1991 SummerSlam PPV[3]. After destroying the Bushwhackers the Disasters targeted Andre the Giant who was at ringside on crutches due to an injury. The assault was stopped by the Legion of Doom who ran off the Natural Disasters and kicked off the Legion of Doom / Natural Disasters feud. Later in the night the Legion of Doom would go on to win the WWF World Tag-Team titles from the Nasty Boys[4], which meant that the Natural Disasters became first in line to get a shot at the new champions.

The first big profile meeting between the two teams came at the 1991 Survivor Series where they were on opposing sides in an elimination match. Typhoon was eliminated due to a miscommunication with team member Irwin R. Schyster followed by Earthquake walking out with him, leaving the Legion of Doom as the eventual winners[5]. From November[6] to January [7] the Disasters challenged for the tag-team titles on the house show circuit but usually without a decisive outcome. At the 1992 Royal Rumble the Disasters got their biggest opportunity so far as they received a shot at the titles. The Disasters won the match, but because it was by count out they did not win the world titles[8].

The Turn
In February Natural Disasters’ manager Jimmy Hart led Money Inc. (Ted Dibiase & Irwin R. Schyster) to the WWF tag-team titles as they defeated the Legion of Doom after which the L.O.D. briefly left the WWF[4]. The Natural Disasters were outraged that their manager would go behind their backs and get another team a shot at the title, the storyline explanation was that Jimmy Hart used the Disasters’ guaranteed return match for Money Inc. instead (this of course was a storyline). When the Natural Disasters challenged Money Inc. they won the fan support as they fired manager Jimmy Hart. The Disasters would first get their hands on Money Inc. at WrestleMania VIII where once again the Natural Disasters would win the match, but not the titles as the champions were counted out[9]. The Disasters did not let the setback stop them as they challenged for the titles repeatedly until they won them on July 20, 1992[4].

After losing the titles Money Incorporated focused their efforts on the Legion of Doom, which gave the Natural Disasters the opportunity to defend their newly won titles against some new competition, that competition? The Beverly Brothers with their manager The Genius. The Disasters defended against the Beverly Brothers at the 1992 Summer Slam with a pinfall victory[10], the Disasters’ first PPV pinfall in a year. After the Disasters disposed of the Beverly Brothers they faced two sets of challengers, the Nasty Boys and Money Inc. both managed by Jimmy Hart. In a series of events that mirrored how the Natural Disasters turned face the Nasty Boys turned on Jimmy Hart when Hart favored Money Inc. when signing title matches. The Nasty Boys turned on Hart and Money Inc. when Money Incorporated regained the tag-team titles from the Natural Disasters in October of 1992[4]. With the Nasty Boys also in the hunt for the tag-team gold the Natural Disasters were slowly phased out of the tag-team division with their last PPV outing as a team came at the 1992 Survivor Series PPV where they were eliminated by Money Incorporated[11].

In 1993 Earthquake and Typhoon began showing signs of dissention in the ranks, most noticeably at the 1993 Royal Rumble [12]. Typhoon was already in the ring when the Earthquake entered as #23 and he immediately went after his tag-team partner, focusing only on him until Typhoon was eliminated[13]. The Disasters’ feud never came to fruition as the Earthquake left the WWF very early in 1993.


After the break up
Typhoon briefly stayed with the WWF after Earthquake left but never made anything as a singles competitor, then in late 1993 he signed with WCW and made his infamous debut as The Shockmaster. He would later find himself in the WWF for a brief stay as Typhoon but again did not rise above mid card[14].

The Earthquake travelled to Japan in 1993 but made a very brief return in 1994 to engage in a “Sumo Vs Sumo” feud with Yokozuna[15][16]. For the few months Earthquake was in the WWF no mention of the tag-team was made. Earthquake briefly returned to the WWF in 1998 as Golga, a masked mute in the Human Oddities Stable[17].

In 2001 the WWF hosted a sort of reunion of the Natural Disasters as they were both involved in the Gimmick Battle Royal of WrestleMania X-Seven but it was the “Tugboat” gimmick that was reprised and not the Typhoon gimmick[18].

Earthquake died on June 7th 2006.

In Wrestling
Finishing moves
Earthquake Squash (Running seated senton) (Earthquake)
Big splash (Typhoon)

[edit] Managers
Jimmy Hart

Titles
Super World of Sports
SWS Tag Team Championship (1 time)
World Wrestling Federation
WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)

Trivia
The Natural Disasters was also the name of the Survivor Series Team that the Earthquake captained in 1990 consisting of Earthquake, Dino Bravo, Haku and The Barbarian. One of their opponents on the Hulkamaniacs was Tugboat.

References
^ Graham Cawthon. WWF Show Results 1991. Retrieved on April 21, 2007. “(Date: May 28, 1991 Shown: June 15, 1991)Earthquake & WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Tugboat & the Bushwhackers at 4:05 when Earthquake pinned Luke with a sit-down splash after Tugboat attacked both of his teammates; after the match, Tugboat embraced with his new friends”
^ Graham Cawthon. WWF Show Results 1991. Retrieved on April 21, 2007. “(Date: May 28, 1991 Shown: June 26, 1991) The Natural Disasters (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Bob Abbott & Bill Sampson at 2:30 when Earthquake pinned Sampson with the sit-down splash following a regular splash from Typhoon (the debut of the Natural Disasters as a tag team)”
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF Summer Slam Results (1991). Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF Survivor Series Results (1991). Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
^ Graham Cawthon. WWF Show Results 1991. Retrieved on April 21, 2007. “(Date: November 2, 1991) WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom defeated the Natural Disasters via disqualification”
^ Graham Cawthon. WWF Show Results 1992. Retrieved on April 21, 2007. “(Date: January 17, 1992) WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom defeated the Natural Disasters via count-out”
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF Royal Rumble Results (1992). Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF WrestleMania Results (VIII). Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF Summer Slam Results (1992). Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF Survivor Series Results (1992). Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF Royal Rumble Results (1993). Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF Royal Rumble Elimination Info (1993). Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
^ RD Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-584-7.
^ Graham Cawthon. WWF Show Results 1994. Retrieved on April 21, 2007. “(April 26, 1994: Shown May 9, 1994) included Yokozuna, Mr. Fuji, & Jim Cornette as guests of the King's Court in which a challenge was given to Earthquake to face Yoko in a sumo match; featured a look at Earthquake's career as a sumo wrestler”
^ Graham Cawthon. WWF Show Results 1994. Retrieved on April 21, 2007. “(April 26, 1994: Shown May 16, 1994) Earthquake defeated Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette) in a sumo wrestling match at around the 6-minute mark after causing Yoko to fall out of the ring; the ring ropes were removed for the match”
^ Graham Cawthon. WWF Show Results 1998. Retrieved on April 21, 2007. “(May 19, 1998) Golga pinned Headbanger Thrasher (the debut of the Oddities)”
^ prowrestlinghistory.com. WWF WrestleMania Results (X-Seven). Retrieved on April 21, 2007

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