|Snuka & Argentino|
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I'm not making light of several serious situations that have recently come up in WWE, but I do think the title for this post is appropriate. You've probably seen the news by now, WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka has been arrested and charged in the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino. It happened in Pennsylvania and the Allentown Morning Call has a great article with all the details about the charges and what happened that night 32 years ago.
Snuka is 72 years old now and battling stomach cancer. He's been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and as of this posting, being held on $100,000 bond. The case was reopened last year after an investigation by the paper.
Snuka of course was on the biggest stars in the WWF in the 1980's, having had some classic matches against the likes of Magnificent Muraco, Bob Backlund and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. In 1996, Snuka was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. As we all know by now Hulk Hogan was virtually erased by WWE and booted from the Hall of Fame earlier this summer after a recording of The Hulkster using the n-word was released. As of this writing, Snuka is still listed as a member of the HOF and WWE has only issued this statement:
“WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”
I know people are innocent until proven guilty and I'm not saying WWE should kick Snuka out of the Hall of Fame. One would assume if he's proven guilty or takes a plea deal, he too will find himself removed from the annals of sports entertainment history. But being charged with a crime this serious seems like the company should do more than what they have in light of the cleansing of Hulkamania.
I hope all three get their lives sorted out and back to where they'd like it to be. I've spoken about the Hogan situation on a recent podcast. Time will tell how things play out. I'll reserve judgment for when WWE takes action (if they do).