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"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka (1943-2017)


Real Name -  James William Reiher

Birthdate5/18/1943 - 1/15/2017

5'10" 235 lbs. - Honolulu, HI 
Athletic Background - Bodybuilding [Mr. Hawaii]

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - Portland(`75-`77), Vancouver(`75), Dallas(`77), AWA(`77), Mid-Atlantic(`78-`80), Georgia(`81-`82), All Japan(`81), WWF(`82-`85), AWA(`86-`87), New Japan, WWF(`89-`92), Indies(`92-), ECW(`94)

AliasesTami Snuka, Jimmy Kealoha, Big Snuka, Great Snuka 

Groups - none

Peak Years - `78-`85

Finisher(s) - 
- Superfly Splash (Flying Splash)
- Superfly Kick (Superkick)

Favorites - 
 - Flying Headbutt 
- Bodyslam 
- Headbutt 
- Kneedrop 
- Chop

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Power 10 

Intangibles Rating - 


Place in History - Jimmy Snuka was one of the biggest stars of his day and although he was never WWF World Champion, he is definitely one of their greatest stars. He had big programs in the Pacific Northwest, Mid-Atlantic and finally the WWWF. He was a strong worker in the first two groups, but was broken down and getting old when he hooked up with MacMahon. He enjoyed good years there with a move, Superfly Splash, that influenced a generation of wrestlers. Unfortunately, Snuka was one of many wrestling stars who had problems with drugs and relationships. Many know of the questionable death of his then girlfriend in 1983, which not only threatened his freedom, but virtually ended his wrestling career. After that cut him out the WWF, where he could get over as an upper tier guy on his character alone, Snuka was lost in the business. He is a memorable character and an able guy who many remember for the former, which may be for the best.