The late Jimmy Snuka is a legendary wrestler for the changes he brought to wrestling throughout his career. However, he remains a controversial figure due to his alleged involvement with the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino.After finding success in the art of body building, he moved to wrestling. Jimmy Snuka wrestled in many of the territories before finally coming to the WWE.
Jimmy Snuka wrestled in WWE as a villain, but his high-flying style won over the fans, and he slowly became a fan-favorite. His match with Bob Backlund for the WWF Championship in Madison Square Garden, where the two were wrestling in a Steel Cage has gone down in history for Snuka’s involvement.
During a part of the match, Jimmy Snuka climbed to the top of the cage, before jumping off and onto Bob Backlund. His feud with ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper during his run in WWE, remains his most iconic. After he left and returned to WWE again, he was the veteran that the younger stars beat to get to the next level.
Jimmy Snuka also holds the honor of being the first-ever opponent of the Undertaker whom the Dead Man defeated in WrestleMania VII to begin his Undefeated Streak. Jimmy Snuka would wrestle in WCW for a year, but he would return again to WWE.
The High-Flyer kept making sporadic appearances for the company. Jimmy Snuka was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2015, after he was dismissed from the trial surrounding his girlfriend’s passing due to Dementia, Snuka passed away.
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Snuka was technically related to Johnson by marriage. Making him the movie star's uncle and Johnson wrote “Alofa atu i le aiga atoa” along with the announcement, which means “love the whole family” in Samoan.
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Snuka is of Fijian and Samoan descent.