If you watched pro wrestling in the 70’s, you knew all about Superfly. Wearing a leopard print attire, Jimmy Snuka looked like he had just stepped out of the jungle and he wasn’t someone you wanted to mess with. Mainly known for his groundbreaking and death-defying jump of the top of a steel cage in Madison Square Garden, for decades, Snuka was widely regarded as a Hall of Famer. As much as it pains me to inform you of the next part of his sad tale, I feel like I must so that you understand the entire picture of this legendary wrestler.
During the older and less transparent era of wrestling, good guys weren’t seen with the baddies and steroid use was running rampant through a federation. I’m not merely conjuring up speculation, the man himself has admitted to past steroid use. Whether or not any of those steroids would play a part in the decisions he would go on to make remain unknown. I wouldn’t want someone detailing every thing I had ever done wrong so I won’t go in-depth about it but for the woman who passed away, it must be mentioned. Jimmy Snuka and a longtime girlfriend were reported to have a troublesome relationship but no one knew how dangerous things would end up getting. Sadly, it was later found out that Snuka’s longtime former girlfriend had died under mysterious circumstances. For the sake of Snuka’s legacy, he was found incapable of standing trial for this crime. I really wish that Snuka’s last couple of years on this Earth hadn’t played out the way they did. Whether or not he had anything to do with the tragic disappearance isn’t for me to say. I really wish we had some documentary over what all went on in the crazy days of the 70’s and 80’s. I don’t think that it would shine any new light on why Snuka went down the path he did but I’m sure that steroid use did not help his brain. I choose to remember Superfly as the leopard-print clad wrestler who was one of the baddest men walking the planet, at one point in time. Even in his later years, Snuka could still show the world that he could fight in a Wrestlemania, even in his senior years, taking on Chris Jericho. Seeing a man jump off of a steel structure, nearly 30 feet in the air, will always be how I remember Superfly Snuka. After years of learning about a man’s past catching up to him, it stands to be a fair caution as to why steroids can really mess you up in the long run.
Tragically, Jimmy Snuka did pass away last year, at the age of 73. I still can’t fathom that Superfly would ever do anything so heinous, after all, accidents certainly do happen. Just remember, that although they could seem to be everything you’ve ever wanted, steroid use does have a price to be paid. Take it from someone who knows many people that have used them, it will sneak up on you but steroids will bring danger into your life, stay away from them. What we must do now is let the Superfly name bring back memories of those good times in the wrestling ring and not the later years that were plagued by mystery.