The great Camel Clutch Blog gave yet another example of something I had written about recently: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka making some strange recollections of his heyday in the WWF.
I talked about Snuka’s claim that Rowdy Roddy Piper ad-libbed the famous coconut angle in 1984 and that Jimmy didn’t know that was coming. The Camel Clutch Blog piece got even better, referring to an interview that Snuka gave the Baltimore Sun. In that interview, Snuka said Vince McMahon originally asked him to turn heel and face Hulk Hogan in the main event of the first WrestleMania in 1985.
Eric Gargiulo at Camel Clutch was appropriately skeptical of Snuka’s claim:
“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. That wasn’t Jimmy Snuka vs. Hulk Hogan.”
Snuka actually was involved in the main event at Mania, standing in the corner of Hogan and Mr. T. to counteract Cowboy Bob Orton in the corner of Piper and Paul Orndorff.
But I’m with Camel Clutch on this one: There is no way Snuka could have leapfrogged over Piper or Orndorff as the lead heels, as both of them were on fire as bad guys at the time.
I’ve always joked that Snuka’s promos seemed off kilter, which worked with his wrestling persona. (Remember him going nuts in the empty arena with McMahon to build up the feud with Magnificent Muraco?)
But it’s hard to take Snuka seriously in a legit interview when he spouts stuff that he either thought really happened but didn’t (fighting Hogan), or makes up things for the sake of a worked shoot (Piper going into business for himself by smashing the Superfly with the coconut).