During the golden days of eighties wrestling, when storylines made the events appear ‘real’ and unscripted, there was one uberathlete that soared higher than anyone else. His name was Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka. Known for his Superfly Splash (A high flying frog splash that was imitated by the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam), Snuka was a heel that was loved by the crowd for his athletic prowess. On January 15, Superfly succumbed to a terminal illness. He was 73.
Rather than mope at the sadness of the situation, here are a few of the memorable moments of Superfly’s wrestling career:
- Superfly at Hogan’s Rock and Wrestling
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The cartoon version of Jimmy Snuka helped with his transition to a babyface (wrestling lingo for ‘good guy’), but even as a heel (read: ‘bad guy’) he was well-loved because of his high flying abilities. When he wasn’t out on the ring doin’ his thing, he’s be in cartoon form with eighties wrestling heroes Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog, and others in the animated series “Rock N’ Wrestling”, teaching kids valuable life lessons.
Feud with Rowdy Roddy Piper
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No other eighties (and beyond, for that matter) heel had been equally well-liked and hated as ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. He had a mouth on him that could go on and on, and his villainous antics earned the ire of babyface fans. It was early in his career at the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) where Superfly would bitterly feud with Piper, during which time a series of physical grudge matches took place.
The Beginning of the Undertaker’s Streak
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Superfly was among the wrestling legends that helped boost and launch careers of other greats such as Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, and ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude. But among the more notable moments in his career was being the first in a historic streak of Wrestlemania wins for the Undertaker.
To most, he was Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka, a wrestling legend and icon. To those whose life he touched, he was their Brudda.
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