Yet another black mark befell the WWE Hall of Fame this week as H.O.F. superstar Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has been charged with murder. Snuka will stand trial for a murder that happened over 30-years ago and is often remembered by those who ran with the Superfly in 1983.
Argentino, 23, died of traumatic brain injuries consistent with a moving head striking a stationary object, according to the autopsy. Her injuries weren’t reflective of a singular head injury, wrote Dr. Isidore Mihalakis, the nationally recognized forensic pathologist who examined the body.
Argentino suffered more than two dozen cuts and contusions — a possible sign of “mate abuse” — on her head, ear, chin, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs and feet, Mihalakis wrote in his autopsy report.
“In view of the autopsy findings and the discrepancies in the clinical history, I believe that the case should be investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise,” Mihalakis wrote.
The only statement from the WWE thus far is…“WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”
The Allentown Morning Call has been covering this story for the last several months. The paper reports that Snuka’s stories have been highly inconsistent over the last thirty years. The paper documents different stories Snuka told hospital employees, and E.R. doctor, a hospital chaplain, and police.
Snuka is out on bail after posting 10% of his $100,000 bond. Snuka is currently battling stomach cancer. His wife Carole had been giving updates out on Facebook. The first update came less than a month ago. With the news of the impending decision by the grand jury, I have to say that the timing of this is a little suspect. However, authorities must be convinced his illness is on the up and up to give him bail.
Who knows whether Jimmy did it or didn’t, but I can tell you one thing. Anyone I have talked to, watched, or read interviews with that was with Jimmy in the WWE at the time has talked about it. Most refer to it vaguely, along the lines of “Jimmy and that girl” or the “incident”. The story that has always been told was that Vince McMahon was with Snuka when he met with police and had a big part of getting Jimmy out of town without any charges.
Another common theme from those that worked with Jimmy at the time was just how crazy he was. Several have commented in interviews that Jimmy was nuts and a big partier. Jimmy even left the company briefly in 1984 to enter a rehabilitation facility, right in the middle of his feud with Roddy Piper. I don’t think it is unfair to surmise that Jimmy’s stories are a result of Jimmy truly not remembering what happened at the time.
Look no further than this incident to explain why Jimmy was eventually phased out of the WWE. Keep in mind that when Hulk Hogan came into the WWF in 1984, Snuka was red hot. Piper even said on several interviews that Snuka was more over than Hogan for a while, and he’d know being in the ring with each of them. As a fan at the time, it seemed very odd to see Jimmy relegated to corner man at the first WrestleMania. Snuka’s career was never the same after he came out of rehab, nor did he ever have the full confidence of Vince again.
It’s crazy when you think about it that the two biggest babyfaces Vince McMahon had when he went national are both embroiled in major controversies…thirty years later! Jimmy and Hulk Hogan are not only involved in controversies, their stories have both been picked up by the national media and are bringing attention to the WWE that it doesn’t want.
Like Hogan, Jimmy is no longer on the WWE Hall of Fame website page.