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WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka passes away


The man who was a pioneer to the high flying lifestyle in professional wrestling has passed away. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka left us at today at the age of 73. He had been battling stomach cancer.


Snuka started wrestling for the WWE in the 80’s. While he never won a title with the company, he made a lasting impact. Everyone remember’s him getting hit in the head with a coconut on Piper’s Pit. What makes him synonymous with wrestling though was his high dive off a steel cage in 1983 against Don Muraco at Madison Square Garden. Mick Foley has stated numerous times that that moment was when he fell in love with the sport.

The legacy of Jimmy Snuka in wrestling cannot be denied. His relationship with his family was also important. He had a close relationship with his daughter, WWE superstar Tamina, as well as The Rock (and other members of the Anoa’I family- Roman Reigns, The Uso’s). His wrestling legacy might be put to the side though due to recent events.

It was just two weeks ago that a manslaughter and third-degree murder charge against the WWE Hall of Famer was dropped. The trial was a result of the death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino in 1983. Snuka was ruled mentally unfit to participate due to dementia and his condition due to the stomach cancer.

It will be interesting to see how the passing of Snuka is handled. WWE acknowledged the death of the legend as well as various superstars. Will he get a montage on Raw or SmackDown Live this week? Snuka will be remembered as a great entertainer, but with a dark past that has not been fully resolved.

Unfortunate circumstances have brought us to this moment: whether it’s OK or not to celebrate his life/give our condolences. That is up to you to decide. For now, I’ll say R.I.P. to the “Superfly”.


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