“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka Releases Autobiography
One of the most popular pro wrestlers of the 1980’s has released a new autobiography. ‘Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story’ was released on December 1st by Triumph Books. The book was written by Snuka and co-author Jon Chattman and tells his entire life story from the Fiji Islands to the world of pro wrestling. Snuka’s place in wrestling history is significant. He was in the corner of Hulk Hogan & Mr. T against “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff with Bob Orton in their corner in the main event match of the original Wrestlemania at Madison Square Garden in 1985. He had a coconut smashed over his head by Roddy Piper during one of the most memorable editions of “Piper’s Pit.” My favorite Superfly moment was perhaps the defining moment of Snuka’s career, the night he leaped off the top of the steel cage on Don Muraco after their bloody Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship match in 1983. In my opinion, the match is one of the very best in WWE history. – Shaffee
In 1983, Jimmy Snuka set the wrestling world on fire by jumping off the top of the steel cage and landing on Don Muraco. Countless jumps like this have been made since, and all are directly inspired by Snuka. To really appreciate this great moment in history, I think the build up of the entire match is necessary, so I recommend you watch the entire match. If you don’t have 10 minutes, then watch the second video of just the leap. I’ve posted a third video as well. A young Mick Foley was in attendance to witness the Superfly Splash from the top of the cage in 1983. He has said it was that moment that made him want to become what he would become. A man willing to go to extremes and risk his health and safety to entertain the fans.