- 01/20/2013 (1:43:08 am)
- Bob Mulrenin
“In the end, all that mattered to me was that fans were happy they spent their money on a ticket and that I put on the best match possible.” — Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Some pro wrestlers live for the fame. Some live for the fortune.
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka lived for the danger.
The enduring image of Jimmy Snuka diving off the top of a 15-foot steel cage is one that Mick Foley will never forget. Foley was one of thousands in attendance that night in 1983 at Madison Square Garden when Snuka made the unforgettable leap.
That breathtaking flight from the cage to the mat would change the face of pro wrestling forever.
It also would provide Foley, a teenager at the time, with the impetus and inspiration to become a future generation’s Evel Knievel of the squared circle.
With his innovative, daredevil style of wrestling, Snuka helped reshape the look of the game, and had a profound influence on future performers such as The Hardy Boyz, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio.