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Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka leaves a complicated legacy

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka leaves a complicated legacy

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka died Sunday, at the age of 73, according to family members on social media and the WWE.

Snuka's legacy in wrestling is a complicated one. His in-ring importance to the business is undeniable. One of the early wrestlers to bring high-flying to wrestling in the 70s and 80s, many of the later wrestlers who took to the sky called Snuka an influence in their career. Mick Foley still says that Snuka flying off the top of the cage onto Don Muraco in Madison Square Garden in 1983 was a spark to get him into wrestling.

Snuka had many notable feuds in his career, including the one with Muraco, but arguably none bigger than his feud with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. The...