Jimmy Snuka Talks Match with Undertaker, Feuding with Piper and More
WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka recently spoke with Wrestling 101. Here are some highlights.
His infamous Superfly splash in a match against Don Muraco from the top of a cage at MSG: “That was such an awesome moment, that I could do something like that and influence all those great guys to pursue a career in wrestling, giving them that feeling that it could be done if you really want to do it.
“Not many people remember Don actually won that match, what people remember is the Superfly Splash from the top of the steel cage in the greatest arena in the world; Madison square Garden. In wrestling it is great to have good matches but the thing fans remember the most are the moments. That topped everything I did in my career.”
His legendary feud with Roddy Piper: “Well first of all I have to tell you when he hit me over the head with that coconut we hadn’t planned it, he just did it out of the blue. Roddy was a real character and with me coming from the Fiji Islands he was teasing me about eating bananas, pineapples, then from nowhere he picks up the coconut and just hits me around the head. I was bleeding and everything but when I came to I looked around and he was gone. But let me tell you I got my own back on Roddy in the ring.
“That segment has spanned over many decades we were on TNA together a few years back and then Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper and myself were involved in a WrestleMania match with Chris Jericho.”
Being The Undertaker’s first opponent at a WrestleMania: “Being the first guy to wrestle The Undertaker at WrestleMania was great. I remember Vince McMahon coming up to me and asking me to wrestle The Undertaker and I asked how much I would be getting paid for the match, because that was the name of the game, I’m not a glory guy but this is a business.
“It was a great pleasure to me the first guy to wrestle The Undertaker at WrestleMania and after the match he couldn’t stop thanking me and to think the streak now stands at 20-0 and he is still going!”
The current WWE product: “I still sit down and watch these guys every Monday night on Raw and I love them all, it is just so completely different to the old school. Back in those days we would tell a story and these days you can’t keep up all the time because it moves along so fast, you don’t know who’s a good guy and who’s a bad guy anymore.”