There was nothing worse than getting ready for the excitement of the Pittsburgh Steelers divisional play game against the Kansas City Chiefs last night when I read that WWE Hall of Famer, Jimmy Snuka had lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 73.
Some of my early memories of professional wrestling and why I fell in love with it were in part because of Jimmy Snuka. His matches with Bob Backlund were legendary. Watching Snuka execute the superfly splash off the top of the steel cage onto Don Muraco after their match in Madison Square Garden was out of this world! Superfly taking the coconut to the skull from Rowdy Roddy Piper during a Piper’s Pit segment instilled a feeling of realism to the over the top flamboyance of professional wrestling. Jimmy Snuka’s in ring abilities and persona brought a level of energy, excitement and drama to a sport that never lacked in those areas but took it to a whole new level.
While he never won a major title in the WWE/WWF, he was a decorated champion all over the world. He went from viscous villain managed by Captain Lou Albano to high flying fan favorite. Superfly Jimmy Snuka was a true great in the ring and a true legend of the sport…rest in peace bruddah! Watch out Superfly! Piper’s been up there waiting for you!!!