Superfly Jimmy Snuka recently published a book with some interesting tidbits from his legendary WWE career. One in particular is a claim by the WWE Hall of Famer that he was in line for a big program against the biggest star of his era.
Snuka was the first wrestler I cheered for as a kid. I loved Snuka as a kid. I had his poster on my wall and begged my dad to take me to the Spectrum whenever he was in town. So it is interesting hearing Jimmy reflect on his career with stories from that particular era.
Snuka spoke with The Score and the Baltimore Sun recently about his career while promoting his brand new autobiography. Snuka hit on several topics but one was most interesting. His story about a proposed run with Hulk Hogan.
According to the former U.S. champion, he was supposed to turn heel and wrestle Hulk Hogan theoretically at the first WrestleMania.
“Vince McMahon came up to me and said ‘we want you to turn heel’. I said ‘OK, what’s up brudda?’ and Vince said he wanted me to wrestle Hulk Hogan and I said I loved it. I heard that Hogan later that ‘I don’t want to wrestle with that crazy maniac.’ But I loved him anyway.”
According to Snuka, he was going to turn heel and be the top bad guy in the WWE I have a hard time buying this one, especially the timing. The timing would have put him against Hulk at the first WrestleMania. If you look at the event, it was based on celebrity. The idea that anyone would headline in a singles match with Hogan other than a celebrity doesn’t hold water. Vince McMahon had a master plan and that master plan was to incorporate celebrity and popular culture into pro wrestling. ..read more