Jimmy Snuka
Professional wrestler
Jimmy Snuka
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.
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Jimmy Snuka, Ex-Pro Wrestler Known as Superfly, Dies at 73
NYTimes - about 1 month
An acrobatic performer in the ring, he was charged with murder late in life, but the case was thrown out shortly before his death because he was declared mentally unfit.
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Jimmy Snuka not competent to stand trial
Chicago Times - 9 months
ALLENTOWN — The homicide case against Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was slammed to the mat Wednesday when a Lehigh County judge found that the retired wrestler is not mentally competent to stand trial for the 1983 homicide of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino. Judge Kelly L. Banach listened to four days...
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WWE's list of the top 50 finishing moves of all time from upcoming DVD release
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
What is the greatest finishing move in pro wrestling history? WWE is answering that question in an upcoming DVD release counting down the top 50 finishers of all time. The video will hit shelves on Aug. 21, 2012. But you know how we're such blithering marks for lists like this, Cagesiders. We couldn't wait to take a gander at the goods and let you fine folks dissect it and tear it to shreds. And after seeing it, believe me, that's exactly what you're going to want to do. Here's your teaser before you take the jump and see the full list for yourself -- I agree with number one and then I absolutely despise the entire rest of the list. Sufficiently excited to see it? Good. Check it out: 50. JBL - Clothesline from Hell 49. Vader - Vader Bomb 48. Dusty Rhodes - Bionic Elbow 47. Ted DiBiase - Million Dollar Dream 46. Kerry Von Erich - Iron Claw 45. Rick Rude - Rude Awakening 44. Lex Luger - Torture Rack 43. Dudley Boyz - 3-D 42. Bam Bam Bigelow - Moonsault 41. Diamon ...
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CSS Pro Wrestling Tournament Second Round Match: (2) Undertaker vs (7) Curt Hennig
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
The Cageside Seats (CSS) Pro Wrestling Tournament continues its second round with today's match-up pitting number two seed Undertaker against number seven seed Curt Hennig. Undertaker being Undertaker led to a big 437-86 win over Brian Pillman in his opening round match-up. His tenure with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) could carry him a long way in this tournament. Hennig got to this tough match-up by cruising past Jimmy Snuka by a score of 278-86. Mr. Perfect will have to be just that if he hopes to advance past this match, however. Cast your vote in this second round match-up and take a look at the updated bracket after the jump. For the complete round two schedule click here. Bracket artwork by June M. Williams. Poll Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament Match: (2) Undertaker vs. (7) Curt Hennig 66% (2) Undertaker 457 votes 33% (7) Curt Hennig ...
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Extreme Archive: ECW Television Episode 015
Inside Pulse- Wrestling - almost 5 years
As I am such a big ECW fan, and (still) living in the Philadelphia region, maybe some of you are wondering if I am attending the Extreme Reunion event this weekend? Well, I will not be in attendance, and here’s why: As we all know, the real ECW ended it’s run in 2001. In the following years, I was unable to find a wrestling replacement for that federation that I loved so much 1. In those years, I sat there, and wished that I could go back in time, just once, to feel what I used to feel… if only one more time. Well, in 2005 I got that opportunity. I happily dropped $100 to see the first Hardcore Homecoming show with my buddy Michael 2, who had gone to a few ECW events with me. I watched the show. I cheered, laughed, and shouted my ass off. And as all of us in the ECW Arena that night sang “Enter Sandman” during The Sandman’s entrance, I thanked the wrestling gods for letting me step back in time one more time. The card was average at best, but was pure nostalgia, and I loved every min ...
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20 questions on Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena and the week in WWE
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
It's been a big week in WWE: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena is officially the main event at WWE Extreme Rules (April 29, 2012), and who would have thought that was possible just a few weeks ago. But Jason Mann has a voice inside his head that has many questions about this and many other happenings in WWE, especially after last night's wildness. So, as part of his court-mandated therapy, he is sharing these questions and his answers to all the Cagesiders in a column we like to call "20 questions." Because we are so clever. 1. Extreme Rules? Doesn't that seem a little soon for such a big match? I guess so, but what's the benefit of waiting? Is WWE going to create a story to make this more memorable? What are the chances of that helping? Fans seem eager to see it now, so why not give it to them? It's not like we're going into this cold. There's already a backstory of Lesnar being the former pro wrestler turned UFC star and Cena being the big WWE loyalist. Minimal storytellin ...
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Jimmy Snuka In Need Of Ankle Replacement
Wrestling News Source - about 5 years
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Superfly Snuka is in need of ankle replacement surgery, which will reportedly cost $24,000. ECW Original & exWWE Diva Dawn Marie is currently putting together fundraisers in an attempt to raise the money needed, as Snuka is currently not in great financial shape.
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WWE News: WWE's OMG! Top 50 DVD Covers Fun Past, Reminds Us of Stale Present - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Santino's best line came in the form of a story he told while reacting to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's coconut assault on Jimmy Snuka: "When I was a young Santino, I want to see how real this is and I cracked my brother, Pasqua, with a coconut
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DOT NET DAILY - ProWrestling.net
Google News - over 5 years
He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka. -The late Bam Bam Bigelow would have turned 50 today. He was born on September 1, 1961 and died on January 19, 2007 due to a drug overdose. -The late Ted Petty (a/k/a Rocco Rock of Public Enemy) was born
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Flying Characters That Have No Right Flying - UGO
Google News - over 5 years
Jimmy Snuka. R. Kelly. These men are meant to fly, designed for optimal aerial capabilities. Unfortunately, just because a character ends up sailing the skies doesn't mean they should be up there in the first place. Sometimes a particular character
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WWE Smackdown Results (8/26/2011) - Bret Is GM And A Summerslam Rematch - Wrestling News World
Google News - over 5 years
She tries to hit Kelly, but the champ ducks and fires forearms at Jimmy Snuka's daughter, who pushes KK away. Kelly executes a Lou Thesz Press on Tamina though, and when Tamina stands up, she slaps her in the butt. Tamina takes that as an insult,
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WWE: Five Heel Turns That Would Rock the Ring - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
In the ring, John Morrison is consistently spectacular; his fast-paced acrobatics rival that of the greatest high-flyers in the history of professional wrestling, from Jimmy Snuka to Rey Mysterio. Yet, his microphone work as a face is as unpredictable
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The Turnaround - SecondsOut
Google News - over 5 years
Best “Pipers Pit” moment had to be when he took the coconut to Jimmy Snuka's head. That moment for me is right up there with Steve Garvey's home run off of Lee Smith in Game Four of the '84 NLCS and Eric Dickerson surpassing OJ Simpson for most yards
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WWE Raw's go-home show to SummerSlam (correspondents needed), TNA Impact ... - ProWrestling.net
Google News - over 5 years
Jimmy Snuka and Greg Gagne. The tape is from September 18, 1986. READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less with a year-long sub) - GET THE FIRST LOOK AT EXCLUSIVE INSIDER DOT NET NEWS, TONS OF EXCLUSIVE
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Blast from the past: CM Punk with MLW - MiamiHerald.com
Google News - over 5 years
“First thing I remember was Roddy Piper smashing a coconut over Jimmy Snuka's head,” Punk said. “Still think it's the coolest thing anyone has ever done.” His name was developed during his teen years. People labeled him a punk as a child because of his
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Major Update On The NWA Legends Fanfest - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
... Jimmy Snuka, Austin Idol, Pat Rose and Randy Rose, Joe Pedicino, Bonnie Blackstone and Bill Apter - Piper and Valentine will be part of a special photo opportunity for fans to pose between them while wearing the Starrcade '83 dog collar and chain
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411's Countdown To SummerSlam: 1997 - 411mania.com
Google News - over 5 years
Hidden Highlight: Foley Honors Snuka - Everyone has heard the stories of a young Mick Foley hitchhiking his way to the famous cage match between Jimmy Snuka and Don Muraco. We've all seen the footage of a young Foley flying off the roof of his parent's
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WWE & TNA DVD Releases, Snuka Note, JAPW - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
-- Philly Sports Daily has an article up on Jimmy Snuka visiting the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday. -- With Jersey All Pro Wrestling purchasing new wrestling rings, they are selling off two of their old ones
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy Snuka
  • 2016
    Age 72
    In July 2016, Snuka, represented by his wife, was part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred "long term neurological injuries" and that the company "routinely failed to care" for them and "fraudulently misrepresented and concealed" the nature and extent of those injuries.
    More Details Hide Details The suit is litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against WWE.
    Snuka pleaded not guilty, but was ultimately found unfit to stand trial in June 2016 due to being diagnosed with dementia.
    More Details Hide Details Snuka was born to Louisa Smith and Charles Thomas. Thomas was married to another woman, and Smith was engaged to Bernard Reiher. Before Snuka was born, his mother married Reiher. As a child, Reiher moved with his family to the Marshall Islands and then to Hawaii. Reiher was active in amateur bodybuilding in Hawaii in the 1960s. He also enjoyed some success as a professional bodybuilder, earning the titles of Mr. Hawaii, Mr. Waikiki and Mr. North Shore. Reiher opted to go into the more lucrative career of professional wrestling due to his uncertainty of making a living in bodybuilding. While working at Dean Ho's gym in Hawaii, Snuka met many of the wrestlers who worked in the South Pacific region and decided to try the business.
    On June 1, 2016, a judge ruled that Snuka is not mentally competent to stand trial for the murder and that a new hearing will be held in six months to re-evaluate his competency though his attorneys maintain that his condition won't improve over time.
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    A hearing to determine Snuka's competency for trial began in May 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 71
    On September 1, 2015, 32 years after the incident, Snuka was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for Argentino's death.
    More Details Hide Details It is the oldest case to result in charges in Lehigh County history. On October 7, Snuka's lawyers agreed to forgo a preliminary hearing, which the prosecution contended was a waste of court resources, given the thorough grand jury investigation. In return, they received transcripts and other evidence from that investigation, which defense attorney Robert J. Kirwan II said would be much more helpful in preparing Snuka's case than a hearing would have been. On November 2, Snuka pleaded not guilty before judge Kelly Banach.
    In August 2015, Snuka's wife, Carole, announced that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, he had surgery to remove his lymph nodes, part of his stomach and all apparent cancer. She said they both expect he will fully recover after "a long road ahead". Following his arrest, his attorney, William E. Moore, told reporters Snuka has dementia, stemming from wrestling-related injuries, to the point of being unfit for trial, which a judge ultimately agreed with.
    Prosecutors countered by showing a tape of Snuka performing wrestling moves at a May 2015 match.
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    Snuka's attorneys argue that in May 2015 a forensic psychologist found Snuka's mental and physical health to be deteriorating.
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  • 2013
    Age 69
    On June 28, 2013, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced that the still-open case would be reviewed by his staff.
    More Details Hide Details On January 28, 2014, Martin announced that the case had been turned over to a grand jury.
  • 2012
    Age 68
    Snuka is the part-owner of Body Slam University and Coastal Championship Wrestling in South Florida with Dan Ackerman and Bruno Sassi. He wrote an autobiography, Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story, which was published on December 1, 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 67
    In 2011, Jimmy Snuka competed at JCW: Icons and Legends event competing in a Battle Royal match won by Zach Gowen.
    More Details Hide Details On May 11, 2014, Snuka teamed up with The Patriot to defeat the team of Brodie Williams and Mr. TA at a Big Time Wrestling event. Following his arrest in September 2015, WWE suspended his Legends contract (a long-term deal to make infrequent, non-wrestling appearances) and removed his Hall of Fame page from its website. Snuka has appeared in ten video games: Legends of Wrestling in 2001, Legends of Wrestling II in 2002, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain in 2003, Showdown: Legends of Wrestling in 2004, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw in 2004, WWE Legends of WrestleMania in 2009, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 in 2010, WWE All Stars in 2011 and WWE '12 in 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 66
    Snuka made an appearance on an "old school" edition of Raw in November 2010, where he stood by his daughter Tamina, in the corner of The Usos during their match against Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov.
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  • 2009
    Age 65
    On November 28, 2009, he teamed with his son at an NWA Upstate event in Lockport, New York.
    More Details Hide Details They defeated the NWA Upstate Tag Team Champions Hellcat and Triple X in a non title match.
    On March 28, 2009, Snuka against participated at the IWC's "Night Of Legends" event, where he defeated former rival Bob Orton, Jr..
    More Details Hide Details On August 1, Snuka teamed with Jon Bolen, Jimmy Vega$, and Michael Facade (with Dominic DeNucci) to defeat James Avery, Logan Shulo, Shane Taylor and Lord Zoltan (with Mayor Mystery) at IWC's "No Excuses 5" in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.
    At WrestleMania XXV on April 5, 2009, Snuka teamed with Steamboat and Piper to face Jericho in a Legends of WrestleMania Handicap match with Flair in their corner.
    More Details Hide Details Snuka was the first eliminated by Jericho, who eventually won the match.
    Two weeks later, on the March 16, 2009 episode of Raw, Snuka, Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat attacked Jericho.
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    On the March 2, 2009 episode of Raw, he was attacked by Chris Jericho during a parody of Piper's Pit.
    More Details Hide Details This was part of a storyline where Jericho was disrespecting and attacking legends.
  • 2008
    Age 64
    In 2008, Snuka appeared in the Royal Rumble.
    More Details Hide Details He was in the match less than 5 minutes and primarily focused his efforts on onetime nemesis, Roddy Piper. Both were quickly eliminated by the next entrant, Kane.
  • 2007
    Age 63
    On June 24, 2007, Snuka was introduced as Sgt.
    More Details Hide Details Slaughter's tag team partner in the open invitational match for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Vengeance, but he was ultimately pinned by his son.
    A year later he appeared at the 2007 WWE draft edition of Raw in a vignette for Mr. McMahon appreciation night.
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  • 2006
    Age 62
    On July 1, 2006, Snuka wrestled for 1PW's Fight Club 2 event where he teamed with Darren Burridge to defeat Stevie Lynn and Jay Phoenix.
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  • 2005
    Age 61
    In 2005, he appeared at the WWE Homecoming, where he delivered a Superfly Splash to Rob Conway.
    More Details Hide Details He was a part of the Taboo Tuesday pay-per-view, where fans voted for him (ahead of Kamala and Jim Duggan) to team with Eugene against Conway and Tyson Tomko. Snuka won the match, pinning Conway after a Superfly Splash.
  • 2004
    Age 60
    Snuka has been married three times. His second marriage was to Sharon, with whom he had four children: Sarona, James, Jr., Liana, and Ata. His third marriage was to Carole on September 4, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He is stepfather to Carole's three children: Bridget, Richard, and Dennis. On May 10, 1983, a few hours after defeating José Estrada at a WWF TV taping at the Lehigh County Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Snuka placed a call for an ambulance. When emergency personnel arrived at his room at the George Washington Motor Lodge, they found that his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, had been injured. She was transported to Allentown's Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she died shortly after of "undetermined craniocerebral injuries." The coroner's report stated that Argentino, 23, died of traumatic brain injuries consistent with a moving head striking a stationary object. Autopsy findings show Argentino suffered more than two dozen cuts and bruises — a possible sign of "mate abuse" — on her head, ear, chin, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs and feet. Forensic pathologist Isidore Mihalakis, who performed the autopsy, wrote at the time that the case should be investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise. Deputy Lehigh County coroner Wayne Snyder later said, "Upon viewing the body and speaking to the pathologist, I immediately suspected foul play and so notified the district attorney."
    In 2004, Snuka made an appearance for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling at their Victory Road pay-per-view as Roddy Piper's guest on Piper's Pit.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 58
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Snuka also participated at the first X Wrestling Federation TV tapings, accompanying his son, Jimmy Snuka, Jr. to the ring for matches, including one match where they both delivered the Superfly Splash to prone opponents.
  • 1996
    Age 52
    Afterward, he made periodic appearances for the WWF, such as competing at the 1996 Survivor Series.
    More Details Hide Details Snuka received a lifetime achievement award from WWE (formerly the WWF) in 2002 at Madison Square Garden.
    He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996.
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  • 1994
    Age 50
    Snuka was ECW's first ECW Heavyweight Champion and toured with the company through 1994.
    More Details Hide Details ECW was later taken over by Paul Heyman, who renamed it Extreme Championship Wrestling.
  • 1993
    Age 49
    Snuka once again returned to the WWF on September 25, 1993, defeating Brian Christopher at a Madison Square Garden house show.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to television two nights later, defeating Paul Van Dale on Monday Night Raw. The return would be short lived, as he made one more appearance in a 20-man battle royal the following week before leaving once again. Snuka continued to spend much of his time with East Coast Wrestling organizations through the late 1990s and into the 2000s. During this time, he wrestled the Metal Maniac in a series of matches that spanned across many independent wrestling promotions, winning most of these matches. On August 15, 1997, Snuka defeated The Masked Superstar at the IWA Night of the Legends show in Kannapolis, North Carolina via disqualification when his opponent hit special guest referee Ricky Steamboat. During the later half of the 1990s, Snuka appeared for both major wrestling promotions, the WWF and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
  • 1992
    Age 48
    After leaving the WWF in March 1992, Snuka toured with various smaller organizations in the early 1990s and played a role in the formation of Tod Gordon's Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) organization along with Don Muraco and Terry Funk.
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    Snuka left the WWF soon after, his last recorded match being a loss to Shawn Michaels at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on February 8, 1992.
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    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 47
    On March 24, 1991, Snuka was defeated by The Undertaker at WrestleMania VII, which began The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
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  • 1990
    Age 46
    In January 1990, Snuka made his Royal Rumble match debut, lasting 17 minutes and eliminating two competitors before being eliminated by the eventual winner, Hulk Hogan.
    More Details Hide Details Snuka had his first WrestleMania match at WrestleMania VI, where he was defeated by Rick Rude. When the Intercontinental Championship was vacated after WrestleMania, Snuka entered the tournament to crown a new champion. He was eliminated in the first round when he once again lost to Mr. Perfect. At that November's Survivor Series, Snuka joined Jake Roberts and The Rockers in a losing effort against Rick Martel, The Warlord and Power and Glory.
  • 1989
    Age 45
    By the later part of 1989, Snuka was put into a spot like many veterans before him, being used to help put over other rising stars such as "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig.
    More Details Hide Details At the Survivor Series, Snuka and Hennig were each the final remaining members of their opposing teams, with Hennig pinning Snuka to win the match for his team.
    Snuka re-emerged in the WWF at WrestleMania V on April 2, 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He made his televised return to action on the May 27 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, defeating Boris Zhukov. After a brief feud with The Honky Tonk Man, Snuka made his in-ring pay-per-view debut at SummerSlam '89 against "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Snuka lost the match by count-out as a result interference from DiBiase's bodyguard Virgil.
  • 1986
    Age 42
    Snuka split his time between the AWA and Japan throughout 1986 and 1987.
    More Details Hide Details His most notable feud in the AWA during that time was with Colonel DeBeers, who portrayed a racist and looked down on Snuka because of his skin color. This led the way for a series of grudge matches in 1987.
  • 1985
    Age 41
    After spending the rest of 1985 and early 1986 competing for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Snuka resurfaced in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), replacing Jerry Blackwell as Greg Gagne's partner, to defeat Bruiser Brody and Nord the Barbarian in a tag team cage match at WrestleRock 86.
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    Snuka left the WWF in July 1985, though he still appeared in cartoon form when Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling premiered in September.
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    The feud played a small part in the first ever WrestleMania in March 1985, when Snuka acted as a cornerman for Hulk Hogan and Mr. T when they defeated Piper and Paul Orndorff (with Orton in their corner).
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    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 40
    In late 1984, Snuka entered a rehabilitation facility; the WWF created a storyline in which Piper had broken Snuka's neck by hitting him over the head with a chair.
    More Details Hide Details The Tonga Kid, who was billed as Snuka's nephew, continued the feud on Snuka's behalf.
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 39
    Snuka was named the 1983 Wrestler of the Year by Victory Magazine (later renamed WWF Magazine) for his efforts.
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    This feud led to a defining moment of Snuka's career on October 17, 1983, in a steel cage match at Madison Square Garden.
    More Details Hide Details The match ended in a loss for Snuka, but afterward he dragged Muraco back into the ring and connected with the most famous Superfly Splash of his career, off the top of the high steel cage. Future wrestling stars The Sandman, Mick Foley, Tommy Dreamer, and Bubba Ray Dudley were all in attendance at the event and cite this match as the reason they decided to aggressively pursue professional wrestling.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Muraco, enraged at the perceived lack of respect, confronted Snuka at ringside, triggering a brawl.
  • 1982
    Age 38
    Even though Snuka portrayed a violent villain, he won fans because of his athletic style. In a storyline in 1982, Buddy Rogers told Snuka that Albano was cheating him financially, and as a result, Snuka fired Albano.
    More Details Hide Details Snuka took on Rogers as his manager during the feud with Albano, Freddie Blassie, and Ray Stevens. The attack solidified Snuka's new role as a fan favorite seeking to settle the score. Snuka defeated Stevens in the majority of the series of matches between the two. He also faced several other of Albano's wrestlers, and defeated Albano in a steel cage match in Madison Square Garden.
    Snuka lost several title shots at WWF Champion Bob Backlund, including a steel cage match at Madison Square Garden on June 28, 1982 in which Snuka leapt from the top of the cage, and onto Backlund who managed to escape the cage for the win just seconds prior.
    More Details Hide Details The contest was declared Match of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
    In January 1982, Snuka entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a villainous character under the guidance of Captain Lou Albano.
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  • 1979
    Age 35
    On September 1, 1979, Snuka defeated Ricky Steamboat to hold the United States title.
    More Details Hide Details Snuka also formed a tag team with Ray Stevens while with this promotion. His career eventually led him to Georgia, where he teamed with Terry Gordy to win the NWA National Tag Team Championship by defeating Ted DiBiase and Steve Olsonoski."
    Orndorff and Snuka defeated Baron von Raschke and Greg Valentine to become the tag team title holders in 1979.
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  • 1977
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Snuka then left for the Mid-Atlantic where he formed a tag team with Paul Orndorff. In their first television match they defeated the NWA World Tag Team Champions Jack and Jerry Brisco in a non-title bout.
  • 1973
    Age 29
    He first won the title by pinning Bull Ramos on November 16, 1973.
    More Details Hide Details It was in this territory that Reiher transformed himself into Jimmy Snuka. Snuka also held the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship six times with partner Dutch Savage. Snuka also had a two-year feud with another rookie, Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
  • 1970
    Age 26
    Snuka made his debut as Jimmy Kealoha fighting Maxwell "Bunny" Butler in Hawaii in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details He later moved to the mainland and wrestled for Don Owen’s NWA Pacific Northwest territory where he held the belt as Heavyweight Champion six times.
  • 1943
    Born on May 18, 1943.
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