Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story
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Focusing on the superstar who single-handedly influenced the development of sports entertainment, this autobiography highlights the legacy of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) icon Jimmy Snuka. The wrestler’s legendary top-rope maneuvers, innovative high-flying style, and unprecedented aerial ability made him the most popular competitor in WWE. This fascinating account relates how a native of the Fiji Islands was at the center of two of wrestling’s most talked-about moments: the night Snuka leapt from the top of the 15-foot cage—only to miss his opponent and consequently lose the match—and the night Rowdy Roddy Piper smashed a coconut over Snuka’s head during a segment of Piper’s Pit in 1984. Exposing the amazing life of this WWE Hall of Fame member in detail, this record presents the ups and downs of a wrestler who grew to be a key figure in the expansion of the company and all professional wrestling.
Here is a guy who never forgot where he came from. I looked up to Jimmy as a kid. Growing up in Hawaii, I was definitely a fan of the WWE and wrestling. I used to jump off my bed, think I was Snuka, and land on pillows.” —Shane Victorino, Major League Baseball player 2. Body of Work “Coming home from school, he was always at home waiting around. One day, I said, ‘What’s your plan?’ He told me he honestly didn’t know. He and I used to watch Tarzan movies, and the closest thing at home was
I always had fun. They gave me Captain Lou Albano as my manager, and he was so nice to me from the start. He was a beautiful man. I remember the first time I was working for the WWF, we were in Charlotte, North Carolina. He came up to me in the locker room and said, “I’m Lou Albano, and I’m going to manage you.” From that moment, we just clicked. My first big feud was with then-WWF champ Bob Backlund, and we had many amazing matches, brudda. Bob was a pro. He was trained by the best, and we told
Islands and sit on a beach. Maybe I’ll climb up a coconut tree and throw down some coconuts. Maybe I’ll have a drink and just talk to the heavenly father. I don’t know. I live my life in the present, and a word like retirement doesn’t fit in my vocabulary. The love I have for wrestling is still there. If you asked me what I’d be doing before my last match, I’d say I’d be preparing myself for the next match. There is no end in sight. As long as the Superfly can fly, that’s exactly what I’m going
defeats WWF world champion Bob Backlund by disqualification June 28: New York, NY—Jimmy loses to WWF world champion Bob Backlund in a steel cage match October 8: Pittsburgh, PA—Jimmy defeats Curt Hennig November 22: New York, NY—Jimmy defeats Lou Albano December 26: Worcester, MA—Jimmy and Rocky Johnson defeat Ray Stevens and Lou Albano 1983 February 10: Altoona, PA—Jimmy defeats Superstar Billy Graham March 19: Philadelphia, PA—Jimmy, Andre the Giant, and Bob Backlund defeat John Studd,
me. Thanks to my wife, Alison, for her love and patience during this entire process. I worked really hard on this book, and I know it couldn’t have been easy for her to have my nose in my laptop or my ear to my cell phone so often—especially considering I started this book two weeks after our son, Noah, was born. Thank you for helping me balance changing diapers with writing Snuka chapters. It’s also important for me to thank my mother-in-law, aka Nana, for pitching in so much and making this new