Jimmy Snuka

Professional Wrestler
Born May 18, 1943

James William Reiher, better known by the ring name Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, is a semi-retired Fijian professional wrestler and actor. He is signed with WWE, working in their Legends program. Originally from the Fiji Islands, Snuka wrestled for several promotions in the 1970s and 1980s. Snuka was the first ECW Heavyweight Champion and held the title on two occasions.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy Snuka.


1943 Birth Born on May 18, 1943.


1970 27 Years Old Snuka made his debut as Jimmy Kealoha fighting Maxwell "Bunny" Butler in Hawaii in 1970. … Read More


1973 30 Years Old He first won the title by pinning Bull Ramos on November 16, 1973. … Read More
1977 34 Years Old Snuka also wrestled in several other National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) regions, including Texas. In 1977, he won both the Texas Heavyweight and Tag Team titles. … Read More
1979 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Orndorff and Snuka defeated Baron von Raschke and Greg Valentine to become the tag team title holders in 1979.
In January 1982, Snuka entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a villainous character under the guidance of Captain Lou Albano.


Snuka also feuded with "Magnificent" Don Muraco in 1983, which began after Snuka entered the ring for a match on the June 18 episode of WWF Championship Wrestling while Muraco, the Intercontinental Champion, was being interviewed. … Read More
1984 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1984, Snuka became embroiled in a feud with one of the WWF's top villains, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. In a segment of Piper's Pit, Piper hit Snuka on the back of the head with a coconut. The attack led to a series of grudge matches between the two that were played out over venues across the US throughout the summer of 1984.
The remainder of Snuka's initial WWF stint would see him frequently tangling with Piper one way or another, often via tag matches or wrestling Piper's closest ally, Bob Orton, Jr. Snuka defeated Orton at The War to Settle the Score on February 18, 1985; an injury during the match forced Orton to wear a cast on his left arm, which he continued to wear after the injury healed.
1986 - 1991 5 More Events
In January 1992, he competed in the Royal Rumble for the vacant WWF Championship, but lasted only 3 minutes before being eliminated by The Undertaker.


1993 - 1994 2 More Events
1996 53 Years Old 1 More Event
He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996.
2000 57 Years Old Snuka also appeared on WCW Monday Nitro in early 2000, where he gave Jeff Jarrett a Superfly Splash off the top of a steel cage. … Read More
2002 59 Years Old On June 22, 2002, Snuka won the International Wrestling Superstars (IWS) United States Championship by pin fall against King Kong Bundy in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


On April 3, 2004, Snuka and Kamala fought to a no-contest at the International Wrestling Cartel's first-annual "Night Of Legends" event in Franklin, Pennsylvania.
2005 - 2006 2 More Events
2007 64 Years Old 1 More Event
A year later he appeared at the 2007 WWE draft edition of Raw in a vignette for Mr. McMahon appreciation night.
2008 65 Years Old In 2008, Snuka appeared in the Royal Rumble. … Read More
On the March 2, 2009 episode of Raw, he was attacked by Chris Jericho during a parody of Piper's Pit. … Read More
2010 - 2012 3 More Events
2013 70 Years Old …  On June 28, 2013, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced that the still-open case would be reviewed by his staff. … Read More
Snuka's attorneys argue that in May 2015 a forensic psychologist found Snuka's mental and physical health to be deteriorating.
A hearing to determine Snuka's competency for trial began in May 2016.
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